FMQs: The Long Goodbye Starts

Following Carwyn Jones' announcement that he intends to stand down as First Minister later this year – more on that from me tomorrow (along with the Brexit deal) – this week's FMQs lacked the edge…

What we learned about rough sleeping in Wales

(Title Image: National Assembly of Wales) Communities Committee Rough Sleeping (pdf) Published: 20th April 2018 Chair's Statement, John Griffiths AM (Lab, Newport East): "When we agreed to undertake this work, we did not foresee the…

Committee recommends AM is suspended for 7 days…

(Title Image: Daily Post) Standards Committee Complaint against Michelle Brown AM (UKIP, North Wales) Complaints made by: Labour Party Assembly Group, Leighton Andrews and a member of the public Published: 18th April 2018 (pdf) The…

Best of the Blogs #24: Mind Palace

(Title Image: Visit Cardiff) Jacqui at Carmarthenshire Planning called on county councillors to revisit and review the unlawful libel indemnity clause. A guest blog hosted at Elections in Wales by Dr Siim Trumm on dual…

Four key things we learned about the Welsh…

(Title Image: National Assembly of Wales) Culture Committee Historic Environment (pdf) Published: 6th April 2018 Chair's Statement, Bethan Sayed AM (Plaid, South Wales West): "This is our heritage and it is vital that we protect…

Bill lays groundwork for Labour’s childcare manifesto pledge

(Title Image: nurseryworld.co.uk) Childcare Funding Bill Introduced by Minister for Children & Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies (Lab, Ogmore) Bill (pdf) Explanatory Memorandum (pdf) Why? One of Labour's key manifesto pledges at the 2016 Welsh General…

FMQs: See you in court?

This is one of those days where Welsh politics wasn't dull. The UK Government is taking the Welsh Government to court. The Welsh Government looks set to take the Assembly to court. And then there…

The “View from Wales” on our post-Brexit future

(Title Image: Wales Online) External Affairs Committee Wales' future relationship with Europe [Part I]: A view from Wales (pdf) Published: 27th March 2018 Chair's Statement, David Rees AM (Lab, Aberavon): "The last forty-five years of…

Why Wales is falling behind on arts fundraising…

  (Title Image: National Lottery) Culture Committee Non-public funding for The Arts (pdf) Published: 22nd March 2018 Chair's Statement, Bethan Sayed AM (Plaid, South Wales West): "The often-small size of arts organisations in Wales and…

The Talking Point #24: Counting the cost of…

(Title Image: via change.org) One story you might have missed amidst the furore over the Second Severn Crossing name change and Rod Liddle was the Welsh Government's decision – via Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams (Lib…

Senedd Bites #23: Tributes, Mergers & Blocks

(Title Image: Wales Online) Tributes to former Welsh Secretary, Nicholas Edwards & Lord Richard Former Welsh Secretary, Nicholas Edwards (Lord Crickhowell), died on 17th March at the age of 84. He was the longest-serving Welsh…

Best of the Blogs #23: Free News?

(Title Image: BBC Wales) With further declines in local titles, West Wales News Review questions whether we can afford "free news"? Glyndwr Cennydd Jones outlines some of the constitutional consequences and options for a post-Brexit…

The Talking Point #23: Are ambulances stuck on…

(Title Image: via Youtube) In 2015, a new ambulance 999 call category system was introduced following a pilot across Wales. The system was developed after a review of ambulance services and concerns over poor response…

AMs support proposal for law to clamp down…

(Title Image: Which?) Over the last few months, two backbench debates have taken place on leaseholds and unadopted roads – both resulting in AMs giving very strong views on the matter and backing calls for…

Senedd Bites #22: Cash Crisis

(Title Image: BBC Wales) Headteachers warn of "quiet crisis" in school funding Headteachers told BBC Wales that they fear the prospect of teacher redundancies, larger class sizes and lower standards due to pressure on budgets…

Best of the Blogs #22: Just resting….

(Title Image: via Youtube) National Left compares the reasoning used by the UK Government to retain powers over the devolved settlement (with regard the Continuity Bill) to a famous excuse from Father Ted. Rodolfo Walsh's…