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

MPs debate Wales in general election rehearsal

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MPs were rehearsing their slogans for next year's campaigning

An extraordinary thing happened in the House of Commons yesterday. A debate on Wales wasn't dominated by constitutional issues.

Instead, the debate - on the impact of the UK government's policies on Wales - focused largely on economic and welfare policy.

If you were looking for a taste of next year's general election campaign, then this was it. The governing parties talked up economic good news, and accused opposition parties of talking down the Welsh economy. (One Labour MP in turn accused the Conservatives of talking down the Welsh NHS).

MPs on both sides of the House of Commons rehearsed their campaign slogans. Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb talked of the government's "long-term economic plan". There were mentions aplenty for "hard-working people".

Mr Crabb used a phrase he is fond of - "banging the drum" - to explain what the secretary of state for Wales does in the devolution age.

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Match Of The Day: Owen Smith tackles Sol Campbell

Now. Who would live in a house like this?

As a footballer, Sol Campbell was a rock in the England and Arsenal defence. In his retirement, he has become an outspoken critic of Labour's plans for a "mansion tax" on properties worth more than £2m.

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Would-be MP stuck between a rock and a hard place

Aysha Raza stick of rock
Rock solid commitment - Aysha Raza shows her pride in Ealing

Labour has revealed a four-women shortlist from which it will choose its candidate in Cynon Valley at the next general election.

Ann Clwyd, the sitting MP, has made it. Her rivals include Sue Pickering (a Unite member, councillor and AM's caseworker), another councillor, Aysha Raza, and union official Katie Antippas.

Read full article Would-be MP stuck between a rock and a hard place

That formula again: prime minister grilled on funding

David Cameron
Tax powers will reduce the importance of Barnett, the prime minister says

David Cameron has been facing MPs' questions on the future of devolution.

The prime minister gave evidence to MPs on the liaison committee, which is made up of the chairs of Westminster's select committees. Some of the questions - and answers - will be familiar to those of you who follow these issues carefully.

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Peers promised more devolution as Wales Bill nears end

The Wales Bill returned to the House of Lords this afternoon.

The bill, which paves the way for the Welsh government to get responsibility for raising some of the money it spends, is nearing the end of its parliamentary journey.

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The former Home Secretary and Gary Sprake's brother

Gary Sprake playing for Leeds United
Gary Sprake makes a save for Leeds - but Alan Johnson saved his brother's job

The connection between former Home Secretary (and ex-future Labour leader) Alan Johnson and Leeds and Wales goalkeeper Gary Sprake is not an obvious one.

After all, Alan Johnson is a Queens Park Rangers fan. But Mr Johnson's latest memoir - Please, Mr Postman - recalls the time he helped save Mr Sprake's brother's job.

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Elections not a beauty contest, says Miliband aide

As parliamentary private secretary to Ed Miliband, Wayne David acts as his party's "eyes and ears" around the House of Commons.

So you might think his boss would rather not hear what the Caerphilly MP is seeing and hearing at the moment. At the very least he might be intercepting the newspapers before they reach his boss.

Read full article Elections not a beauty contest, says Miliband aide

Is it a board? Is it a group? Or a rebranded committee?

The Wales Office's Business Advisory Group is dead. Long live the new Economic Advisory Board.

The EAB is a new "economic advisory group to get to grips with the issues facing businesses in Wales", not to be confused with the old BAG set up "to examine the business environment in Wales and to listen to the views of Welsh business leaders".

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Peers debate Barnett formula as its author passes away

The House of Lords debated the Barnett formula this afternoon - without the man himself.

Joel Barnett, Lord Barnett, died at the weekend at the age of 91. His formula lives on and it was somehow fitting that peers debated its legacy on the day his passing was announced.

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Conservative lawyers back more powers for Wales

Yesterday's bearpit is almost deserted. As I write, there are probably more MPs in Rochester and Strood than in the House of Commons.

On a slow news day at Westminster (apart from the NHS England plan) there has been little to disturb the bulletin editors, unless you count the Westminster Dog of the Year show. Tory Chief Whip Michael Gove's dog claimed second prize but his absence from the Commons prompted questions from Cardiff West Labour MP Kevin Brennan.

Read full article Conservative lawyers back more powers for Wales

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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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