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

Ideas, policies, debates - how to get Wales noticed

19 September 2014

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.

I asked historian Hywel Williams where the referendum left us. He told me: "It leaves the United Kingdom and its constitutional experts, so-called, with a vast agenda of interviews, programmes, debates, constitutional conferences, all the things that really excite constitutional experts and take us away from the real business of making Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England richer and freer.

"It confronts us with the terrible prospect of an increasing number of discussions also about Joel Barnett and his famous formula which has been the basis of several broadcasting careers over the past thirty years and more.

"In its long and very inglorious history, particularly in relationship to Wales, it has engineered the disillusioning spectacle of a whole series of Welsh politicians who seem to think that the only job in politics in Wales is to extract as much money from the Treasury as they can possibly get - rather than creating real jobs, real ideas, real policies inside Wales that make Wales more rich, more creative, more adventurous."

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Scotland fall-out: Wales talks money and power

19 September 2014

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

19 September 2014

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?

16 September 2014

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

11 September 2014

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

10 September 2014

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

10 September 2014

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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Two MPs, a private eye, a brief, a fraudster and a blog

10 September 2014
Guto Bebb and David Jones

Well that was slightly less cryptic. Aberconwy MP Guto Bebb used a short House of Commons debate last night to link his fellow Tory David Jones with a blog he said had "harassed, abused and bullied" people in North Wales.

It appears to be episode two in a a remarkable public feud between the two men, one that now features police, a private eye and a convicted fraudster in its extended cast of characters.

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No plans for Scottish 'yes' vote, MPs told

9 September 2014

For all the talk of plan As and plan Bs in the Scottish referendum campaign, how much planning has the UK government done for a "yes" vote?

The answer is, er, none - much to the surprise of MPs on the public administration committee, who took evidence from the UK's top civil servant yesterday.

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Auf Wiedersehen butt: Eric Pickles & the Welsh brickies

9 September 2014

Most of his cabinet colleagues may have their eyes focused on Scotland this week but Eric Pickles has still managed to find time to highlight Welsh housing policy.

The communities secretary told MPs that he visited a housing development in the south of England and discovered all the brickies were Welsh.

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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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