FMQs: Bring Your Toys To School Day

Here's what happened at the final FMQs of the 2017-18 term before an 8-week break (....for me). Changes are afoot - more later this week. FMQs, 17th July 2018 Leanne Wood AM (Plaid, Rhondda): Cancer…

FMQs: Chequers, Children & (Welsh) Citizenship

FMQs, 10th July 2018 Caroline Jones AM (UKIP, South Wales West): UK Government Brexit Chaos Caroline is convinced the mess the UK Government are making of Brexit is a determined effort to leave us with…

Learning lessons from Carillion’s collapse

(Title Image: Metro) The Issue The final backbench members debate of the year was on the subject of PFI contracts, in particular Carillion – the PFI giant which collapsed in January 2018. In shorthand, PFI…

FMQs: Birthdays, Screaming Heads & Steel

FMQs, 3rd July 2018 Paul Davies AM (Con, Preseli Pembs.): Labour's Health Record This week marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the NHS. It's a time of celebration, but was the First Minister…

AMs still have confidence in Cairns (sort of)

(Title Image: BBC Wales) The Issue Wales has been blessed with some dreadful Welsh Secretaries down the years, but it's deemed necessary for Wales to retain a full-time voice in the UK Cabinet to "represent…

AMs debate anti-opencast petition report

(Title Image: Coflein Mapping) P-04-472 "Make the MTAN law" P-04-575 "Call in All Opencast Mining Planning Applications" Submitted by Dr John Cox, United Valleys Action Group Signatures: 7,360 (combined - online) Petition Supporting Evidence Petitions…

FMQs: Lagoons, Syringes & The High Street

FMQs, 26th June 2018 Leanne Wood AM (Plaid, Rhondda): Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon Decision Yesterday, Labour MPs backed Heathrow's third runway the same day the UK Government cancelled the Swansea Tidal Lagoon. Any government that's…

AMs back principle of Clean Air Zones

(Title Image: ITV Wales) The Issue Air pollution is one of Wales' biggest hidden killers, with an estimated 2,000 excess deaths every year in Wales as a result of poor air quality. The Welsh Government…

FMQs: Prostates, NHS Cash & Hybrid Cars

FMQs, 19th June 2018 Leader of the Opposition, Andrew RT Davies AM (Con, South Wales Central): Prostate Cancer Screening Screening for prostate cancer "left a lot to be desired", particularly in Wales, given that treatment…

FMQs: EEA, CEOs and HMPs

FMQs, 12th June 2018 Leanne Wood AM (Plaid, Rhondda): EEA Membership Labour's policy on single market membership has been said to be flexible, but there was nothing flexible about "£5billion being wiped from the Welsh…

FMQs: Staying on Track

Yesterday's announcement regarding the details of the new Wales & Borders rail franchise and South Wales Metro dominated proceedings. FMQs, 5th June 2018 Caroline Jones AM (UKIP, South Wales West): New Rail Franchise The rail…

“No scientific reason” to re-test nuclear mud

(Title Image: Wales Online) P-05-785 Suspend Marine Licence 12/45/ML to dump radioactive marine sediments from the Hinkley Point nuclear site into Wales coastal waters off Cardiff Submitted by Tim Deere-Jones Signatures: 7,171 (online and paper)…

FMQs: Circuit of Wales, Child Poverty & The…

Following the sudden ousting of Neil Hamilton AM (UKIP, Mid & West Wales) as UKIP group leader, there was a new face leading that group's questioning at this week's FMQs. FMQs, 22nd May 2018 Leader…

Giving a s**t about bowel cancer

(Title Image: Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials) The Issue Bowel cancer is one of the most common forms of the disease in both men and women and one of the biggest killers. Since 2008, all people…

FMQs: Powers, Trains & Special Measures

The real rough-and-tumble today will surround the (final) vote on the UK's Brexit Bill; I'll have something on that later, hopefully - hence why this is being posted earlier than usual. As a result, this…

UKIP fails to gather support for scrapping Minimum…

(Title Image: The National[Scotland]) The Issue Scotland recently introduced a minimum-per-unit price for alcohol sold in stores, which has led to price increases – particularly for stronger alcohol. Wales is set to follow suit, with…

Senedd “shatters the taboo” on period poverty

(Title Image:Photo by Jochen Tack/imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock via Metro) The Issue Not wanting to be indelicate, but "period poverty" is when women and girls can't afford sanitary products. While under EU rules VAT has to be applied…