Welsh Assembly

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WALES THIS WEEK: Forever Families

Wales This Week – Forever Families is on Tuesday February 21 at 7.30pm and looks at the process of adoption and fostering in Wales.  By Fiona Scott. The journey of making this programme has been very emotional for the whole team. It’s this reaction which really captures the essence of adoption for me – it’s not … Continue reading

Guest blog: The ‘trust deficit’ that threatens a sustainable future for Wales

We’re running guest blogs from the four main political parties in Wales on the subject of environment and development in the country. William Powell, Liberal Democrat AM for Mid & West Wales, calls for a renewable energy strategy that balances Wales’ energy needs with input from local communities. By William Powell AM Few would disagree with our … Continue reading

Guest Blog: Assembly transcripts could translate to Google Welsh

The Welsh Assembly is considering using Google Translate to facilitate translations, according to a report from WalesOnline. The press office at the Assembly confirmed that this is one option that could be used to fulfil its role in providing a bilingual transcription of Assembly proceedings. This option is described as “using machine-based translation coupled with proof reading and quality … Continue reading

Guest blog: It’s gone a bit Kafka down Cardiff Bay

By Rob Williams In the good old days of democracy the person who won an election where you lived was generally the chap or lady who would go on to represent you. It was a fiendishly simple system. Whether elected directly or through a regional list, via proportional representation – the principle was generally true. … Continue reading

Yes, Education Minister

‘Yes Prime Minister‘ is playing at the Wales Millennium Centre all this week, right next door to the Senedd. It’s based on the long-running television series in which the Minister (later Prime Minister) Jim Hacker would come up with an idea; his civil servants would then try to turn it into something workable, sparing the … Continue reading

Social media, fast cars and theatre

As the Online Producer at ITV Wales, I spend most of my time with my nose at a computer monitor (or in lieu of that, a smart phone) fervently typing away on the blog or editing extended interviews while firmly attached to some form of social media (Twitter, Facebook and Flickr being three big favourites). … Continue reading

Should we stay or should we go?

If there was a tune to express the rather trying times for the Lib Dem Two, Aled Roberts and John Dixon, it might be that of the Clash: “Should I Stay or Should I Go?“ “Should I stay or should I go now Should I stay or should I go now If I go there … Continue reading

Alleged electoral fraud investigation

Police have confirmed that they have launched an investigation into alleged electoral fraud following a complaint made to North Wales and South Wales police forces regarding the election of Liberal Democrat AMs John Dixon and Aled Roberts. The pair were technically not eligible to stand for election because of their membership of two separate quangos … Continue reading

Politics in Wales: Calman-style II

Now that the Welsh election and the powers referendum are behind us, thoughts are turning to what change is next for Wales. Top of the list (for some) will be the much-anticipated ‘Calman-style process.’ Much-anticipated, that is, by  UK Government ministers , Conservatives and Liberal Democrat AMs but not much-anticipated by those in Labour and … Continue reading

Edwina as business minister: reaction

The Welsh business community has been reacting to Edwina Hart’s appointment as Minister for Business, Enterpriseand Technology. Head of the Institute of Directors Robert Lloyd Griffiths says Ms. Hart is experienced and has a reputation for getting things done. He believes it’s encouraging that her job actually includes the word ‘business’ in the title as it signals the Welsh Assembly … Continue reading

Carwyn Jones unveils new cabinet

Cabinet details are as follows: Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AC/AM Prif Weinidog Cymru/First Minister of Wales Delivery Unit, Energy, Wales for Africa, Intergovernmental relations, Wales in the World, European Union, Civil Service Reform Edwina Hart  AC/AM OStJ MBE Minister for Business, Enterprise and Technology Lesley Griffiths AC/AM Minister for Health and Social Services Jane Hutt … Continue reading

Who will win the title of Presiding Officer?

Political reporter Lynn Courtney examines the top contenders for the role of Presiding Officer, post-elections. Just as we politicos were relaxing last night after a hard day with our ears to the keyhole, I had a phone call from one of my contacts. Having left the Senedd snug in the knowledge that we more or … Continue reading

Election 2011 – Where now?

By Adrian Masters The dust is beginning to settle, the politicians are rested and refreshed and this is the week in which decisions will be taken which will have long-term consequences for Welsh politics. I expect to see some movement by the end of Monday from Carwyn Jones about how he intends to deal the … Continue reading

Assembly election results

Wales has voted – here are the details of how many votes each candidate has received. Constituencies are listed alphabetically. Assembly Election Seats: CON – 14; LAB – 30; LIB DEM – 5; PLAID – 11 ABERAVON LAB HOLD CON, TJ Morgan – 2,704; LAB, David Felix Rees – 12,104; LIB DEM, Helen Ceri Clarke … Continue reading

ITV Wales to broadcast Welsh party leaders debate

A televised debate between the four Welsh party leaders is being shown by ITV Wales on Tuesday 26 April as part of our Wales Decides 2011 Assembly General Election coverage. And, on the afternoon of Friday May 6 as the final counts come in, ITV Wales will be showing a live election results programme fronted … Continue reading

Seat projection

The Editor of The Wales Yearbook, Dr Denis Balsom, has now taken a look at our latest poll figures. Plaid Cymru’s improved performance on the regional vote has given them one extra seat, compared with two weeks ago. That leaves Labour down one seat fewer, showing just how fragile the prospect of an overall majority … Continue reading

People Power 2011

I can hardly believe it was a year ago I was out and about around Wales looking at the General Election battlegrounds. Now I’m back on the road visiting the marginal seats in the Assembly elections 2011 and talking to the VIP voters who haven’t quite decided who to support. A group of young apprentices … Continue reading

Guest blog: Welsh woodland on shifting sands

Tom Sheldrick is a trainee journalist at Cardiff Journalism School. His own blog can be found here. In this guest blog, Tom tracks the future of the Welsh woodland. By Tom Sheldrick Across the border in England, the Westminster coalition backtracked on its proposal to sell off state-owned forests after a furious public reaction. Wales … Continue reading

Plans to stop the Welsh Assembly Governments badger cull plans

Plans have been launched to try and stop the Welsh Assembly Government’s roll-out of a badger cull. Rural affairs minister Elin Jones has faced heavy criticism from animal rights campaigners – including rock star Brian May – after resurrecting an order to eradicate bovine TB. Last week, Queen guitarist Brian May – a long-time supporter … Continue reading

AMs’ salaries

The Independent Remuneration Board has set out the new system of pay and allowances for Assembly members elected in May. The headlines are below. Reaction to follow. AMs’ salary to be fixed at £53,852 for four years from May (Confirms what we already knew – AMs themselves agreed to this move back in November) Top-up salaries for … Continue reading

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