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Saturday, 30 April 2016

Senedd/Election Watch - April 2016

  • A Wales Governance Centre report estimated the difference between taxes raised and spent in Wales with £23.3billion raised in taxes and £38billion in total government expenditure, meaning a fiscal deficit of £14.7billion (24% of GDP) – a fall of £1.2billion since 2010.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Election 2016 : BBC Wales Leaders Debate

(Pic : BBC Wales)

With just one week to go until polling day, the second of the two Welsh leaders debates was held last night by BBC Wales in Cardiff. If you missed it you can catch up on iPlayer (link). There was also an after-show with the usual talking heads and party apparatchiks each claiming their own side "won"; you can watch here (link).

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Election 2016 - The Manifestos : Minor Parties

Your choice at the election won't be restricted to the six parties mentioned previously.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Election 2016 - The Manifestos : Labour

(Pic : BBC Wales)

The final manifesto of the established parties was released last Tuesday (19th April) and comes from Labour, which had been criticised for delays to their manifesto's publication. They still look odds on to form the next Welsh Government at the moment so it doesn't really matter too much.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Election 2016 : ITV Wales Leaders Debate

(Pic : ITV Wales)

Although (most of) the party leaders recently went through BBC Wales' #AskTheLeaders Q&A sessions - and are in the process of offering Adrian Masters cooking lessons on ITV Wales - the first "proper" debate of the 2016 National Assembly election took place in Cardiff last night.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Election 2016 - The Manifestos : Conservatives

(Pic : via Twitter)

Proving just how quickly things can change in politics, in the space of a few weeks the Welsh Conservative campaign has shifted from being one where they can build up their numbers in opposition to one where they're fighting to remain the official opposition, with external events threatening to derail things.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Election 2016 : The Other Election

(Pic : Wales Online)

There are of course two nationwide elections taking place on May 5th. The focus will be on the National Assembly, but we'll also be going to the polls to elect/re-elect Wales' four Police & Crime Commissioners (PCCs).

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Election 2016 - The Manifestos : UKIP

(Pic : via Twitter)

Hot on the heels of the Lib Dems, it was the turn of UKIP to launch their manifesto - which they did in Newport on Friday (15th April). They currently look dead certs to burst into the National Assembly, possibly winning a significant number of seats.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Election 2016 - The Manifestos : Lib Dems

(Pic : via Twitter)

With under three weeks left of campaigning, and with the leaders debates starting next week, I'd expect all of the party manifestos to be published in the coming days. On Thursday (14th April) it was the turn of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, for whom the polls are still looking grim (though not as bad as they used to be).

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Election 2016 - The Manifestos : Greens

(Pic : BBC Wales)

The second manifesto of the 2016 National Assembly election was released on Tuesday (12th April), this time from the Wales Green Party, who are seeking to get their first AMs elected on May 5th.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Ogmore By-Election Runners & Riders

With Huw Irranca-Davies deciding to contest the Assembly election, as you probably already know a vacancy for his Westminster seat will be filled at the same time as the Assembly and Police & Crime Commissioner elections on May 5th.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Election 2016 - The Manifestos : Plaid Cymru

(Pic : Plaid Cymru via Flickr)

Now that the Assembly has been officially dissolved, the 2016 election campaign is fully underway. So it's time to turn attentions to the serious bit : what the parties promise to do if we elect them.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Ta-ra Tata : What future for Welsh steel-making?

(Pic : The Independent)

This is an immediate follow-on from the National Assembly debate held earlier today. This post will look in more detail at some of the options facing Tata and other interested parties (like the UK and Welsh governments), as well as what the next steps might be.

Ta-ra Tata : Senedd Recalled

(Pic : BBC)

Following last week's sudden announcement that Tata are actively considering a quick sale of its UK steel-making business, the National Assembly was recalled from Easter recess for an extraordinary plenary session this afternoon.