St David’s Day

More than leafleting!

Pearleen Sangha  |  8 March 2013

Welsh Young Labour has risen with passion and vigour. We have become a campaign force to be reckoned with and we have seen a record number of new councillors elected to seats across Wales. But we often ponder, ‘What is our role in the Labour party? Why are we here, what can we change?’ It …

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Under pressure

Victoria Winckler  |  1 March 2013

The Welsh government is facing unprecedented challenges. Both its new ideas and attachment to old principles will come under the microscope, argues Victoria Winckler WALES is facing very tough times – tougher than in most other parts of Britain. It has one of the lowest employment rates, highest levels of economic inactivity, among the lowest …

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Target practice

Nick Smith MP  |  1 March 2013

With a string of marginal seats, Wales can be at the forefront of electing a Labour government in 2015, says Nick Smith The 2010 general election marked the low point of a period of poor election results for Labour in Wales since 2007. Although we won the most seats, Labour’s share of the vote was …

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Go west

David Green  |  1 March 2013

West Wales is within reach for a Labour party that reaches out beyond its core, argues David Green Between the M4, linking south Wales’ major conurbations, and the A55, strung along the north Wales coast and its seaside towns, is the Wales that Labour has forgotten. Eight constituencies make up the Welsh assembly’s Mid and …

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The stark choice for the NHS

Vaughan Gething AM  |  1 March 2013

The attachment of the public and the Labour party to the NHS is one of the enduring features of British politics. It’s utterly predictable that the debate over the future shape and organisation of the NHS in Wales is such a controversial topic. This week, I hosted an event in the Senedd welcoming the Royal …

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A microcosm of Britain

Ann Jones AM  |  1 March 2013

North Wales is a diverse region; it’s a microcosm of Britain. The economy is made up of industry and manufacturing in the north-wast, science, business and technology parks along the A55 corridor, power production in the north-west and tourism along the coasts and in the sprawling Clwydian Range, an area of outstanding natural beauty. So …

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A ‘pot of gold’

Rebecca Evans AM  |  1 March 2013

‘I struck a pot of gold.’ That’s how one Carmarthenshire teenager described joining the Welsh government’s Jobs Growth Wales scheme. Jobs Growth Wales is one of the Labour Welsh government’s key Programme for Government commitments, seeking to respond to the worrying level of youth unemployment facing us as a result of continued difficult economic conditions …

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Giving depth to the One Nation vision

Ken Skates AM  |  1 March 2013

‘The Labour party did not come into the world as an economistic left party preoccupied with state remedies; nor with a remote cosmopolitan bent that surrendered talk of place, home and nation’ – Jon Cruddas 2013 Though it would of course be misleading to suggest that the road to Welsh devolution and the tensions caused …

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Red sky thinking

David Taylor  |  1 March 2013

THERE is a growing chasm emerging between the politics of post-devolution Wales and the rest of the UK. For one, Labour still rules here; the 2010 general election results were better in Wales than other parts of Britain, with several marginal seats retained and the party emerging with nearly three-quarters of the representation even if …

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Cardiff Bay watch

Adam Harrison and Robert Philpot  |  1 March 2013

Wales is adopting a more pragmatic, gentler approach to austerity than London, Carwyn Jones tells Robert Philpot and Adam Harrison DURING his decade as first minister, Rhodri Morgan trumpeted the ‘clear red water’ Wales had established between itself and the Labour government at Westminster. There would be no top-up fees, prescription charges, foundation hospitals or …

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