Welsh Assembly

Rhodri Morgan: An obituary

Hannah Blythyn  |  18 May 2017

Hywel Rhodri Morgan (29 September 1939 – 17 May 2017) Rhodri Morgan was a truly exceptional man who has made an indelible mark on Wales. Today Wales has not just lost a great politician, we have lost a real father figure. The thoughts and deepest sympathies of all of us are with Julie – his wife, …

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Economy first

Carywn Jones  |  7 June 2016

If we vote for Brexit, many companies will leave Wales, says Carwyn Jones  As I chatted to voters campaigning across Wales during the recent assembly elections, one notion cropped up more than any other in our conversations – working together. In communities right across the country, the individuals, families and businesses I met would tell me …

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Together for Wales

Mary Wimbury  |  29 April 2016

As Labour’s lead North Wales regional list candidate I have been campaigning across the nine constituencies in the region: from the industrial North East to the Welsh language heartlands of the North West. We were narrowly beaten to the final seat by the Liberal Demmocrats in the last assembly elections and given the collapse in …

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A lighter shade of red

Gareth Williams  |  3 June 2015

Labour continues to reel from one of its worst general election performances in Wales in decades, while the Conservatives can still justifiably celebrate one of their strongest. Publicised losses in Gower and the Vale of Clwyd, in addition to the failure to retake the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff North are ultimately signs of pervasive …

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Wales cannot afford another five years of David Cameron 

Dan Walsh  |  19 March 2015

The pre-election budget, while hyped up by some sections of the media as a step change from the coalition government, was sadly what we have come to expect over the past five years in Wales. £1.5bn has been slashed from the Welsh block grant since 2010, meaning that for the first time since devolution was …

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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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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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Optimistic, interventionist Labour government

Stephen Doughty  |  1 March 2013

Last week I attended an international meeting of the United World Colleges in Cardiff. It’s a movement which started in Wales 50 years ago, and which I was lucky enough to be given the chance to benefit from as a 16-year-old – to attend a school which plucked kids from 100 different countries, and from …

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The challenges for Welsh Labour

Lee Waters  |  1 March 2012

With the UK going though a period of flux, who would bet against an independent Scotland in three years’ time? Of course, the prospect has countless permutations but for Labour there’s one that stands above others: without Scottish MPs, and with the significant cut in the number of Welsh MPs we’re now seeing, Labour could …

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