David Cornock, Parliamentary correspondent, Wales

David Cornock Parliamentary correspondent, Wales

The place to come for the Welsh view of Westminster and updates on the politics and personalities of Parliament

Ed Miliband and the Barnett formula - your daily update

Day two of the Labour conference, and Joel Barnett's ears will be burning today.

First, a reminder of why Ed Miliband wants to keep the Barnett formula. He told Andrew Marr yesterday: "All the party leaders have said that we think the Barnett formula has served us well and should continue because it is oriented towards need.

"And the fact is that on for example, older people Scotland has greater needs......."

Is he right? I dealt with "oriented towards need" yesterday. So does Scotland, with the lowest life expectancy of the UK's nations, really have more older people?

I asked Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones if Mr Miliband was right. He said politely : "I'm not sure it does have more older people actually than in Wales."

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Miliband warns of Tory 'England versus Wales' tactic

Ed Miliband and Carwyn Jones
Ed Miliband praised Carwyn Jones for coming up with the idea of a "constitutional convention"

I've just been to "Welsh Night" on the Labour conference fringe.

Once described by Paul Flynn MP as "a booze-up, a sing-song and a raffle" it has changed from its 1980s heyday. The Hennessys have replaced the male voice choir, although Welsh Labour chair Andy Richards and shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith did throw in a few "comrades" to introduce a little nostalgia.

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Coming soon to a government near you? 'Barnett Plus'

Good afternoon from Manchester, home to the Premier League champions and final resting place of Robbie Savage's ponytail.

It is also home this week to the last Labour conference before a general election in which they hope to win power, a conference they hope to use to highlight manifesto commitments and showcase Ed Miliband as #PMdesignate to borrow a Peter Hain hashtag from Twitter.

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Ideas, policies, debates - how to get Wales noticed

Christmas has come early for constitutional geeks who can spend the next few months enjoying a time when constitutional issues dominate the domestic political agenda.

If, on the other hand, you're the sort of person whose eyes glaze over at the mention of the Barnett formula, you might wish to skip invitations to Pontcanna dinner parties for a while.

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Scotland fall-out: Wales talks money and power

Another quiet day in politics. Alex Salmond is standing down, Ann Clwyd isn't and Guto Bebb is very sorry.

The United Kingdom may never be the same again (copyright all politicians) but many of those involved in Welsh constitutional debates are generally sticking to the views they held before Scotland went to the polls.

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Cameron speaks on Wales, England - and Scotland

The people have spoken. The prime minister has spoken.

This is what he said, shortly after 7am in Downing Street: "It is absolutely right that a new and fair settlement for Scotland should be accompanied by a new and fair settlement that applies to all parts of the United Kingdom.

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What does Scottish funding pledge mean for Wales?

I know what you're thinking: let's talk Barnett formula.

I normally hesitate to go down that road as it's so comprehensively covered elsewhere but today's developments in Scotland have put the issue of how the UK funds its constituent parts centre stage.

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William Hague's bedside reading - and a historic battle

William Hague is currently hard to avoid during his farewell tour of Parliament.

Having stood in for the prime minister yesterday, today he answered MPs' questions in his day job as leader of the House of Commons.

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Two ex-Welsh Secretaries discuss who speaks for England

At times it felt more like Scottish Questions than PMQs, even if a Yorkshireman was answering the questions.

Commons Leader William Hague stood in for the PM as David Cameron headed to Scotland. Most of the questions were about Scotland - and the future of the UK.

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David Jones and Dylan Moore deny penning 'Oscar' blog

The fall-out from last night's adjournment debate continues with the arrival of statements from two of those linked to the late Thoughts of Oscar blog.

One of them - solicitor Dylan Moore - has challenged Guto Bebb to repeat his allegations outside parliament.

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About David

David Cornock has been covering politics from Westminster for more than two decades.

He grew up near Penarth in South Wales and trained on the Western Mail.

He moved to London in 1988 and became the newspaper's political editor.

In 1995, he joined BBC Wales as its parliamentary correspondent.

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