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

Cameron defends 'life and death' criticism of Welsh NHS

David Cameron is back in Westminster after a flying visit to the Royal Welsh Show.

While in Llanelwedd, the prime minister spoke to my ITV Wales colleague Adrian Masters about his decision to replace David Jones with Stephen Crabb, the continuing rail row between the Welsh and UK governments and those comments about Offa's Dyke being a line between life and death.

So why did he sack David Jones?

"He did a very good job but in every government you need to bring forward fresh talent. I think Stephen Crabb will be an excellent secretary of state. He's been a hard-working minister, he's got very good connections in Wales, he obviously wants to boost the Welsh economy.

"But to be fair, David Jones said to me he would go on supporting the government from the backbenches and I think he did a good job. But let's look at what the government's delivered for Wales. The money for the M4, the electrification of the railway line all the way to Swansea, nuclear power coming back to Anglesey, the new prison built in north Wales, big investments for Wales and that's why the economy's recovering."

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The news where you are hits the headlines

Remember the "democratic deficit"?

That was the alliteratively attractive phrase used by those who bemoan the paucity of coverage of Welsh politics in the media consumed by their constituents or clients.

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Welsh Secretary takes flak for 'pathetic starter beard'

Those of you suffering from withdrawal symptoms after yesterday's Welsh grand committee will be glad to know that the transcript of the debates is now available.

It featured the debuts in their new roles of the Wales Office ministerial team Stephen Crabb and Alun Cairns. I covered Mr Crabb's contribution here yesterday.

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Minister draws line, but not between life and and death

Yesterday, there was the "walk of fame" along Downing Street in front of the world's cameras.

Today, it was the Welsh grand committee in front of the parliamentary TV cameras, two journalists and a dozen or so empty public seats.

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Crabb: Welsh cabinet job "meaningless under devolution"

And now it's official, as the newspapers used to say.

A beaming Stephen Crabb emerged from No 10 Downing Street at 10:40am to declare he was "very pleased" with his new job as Secretary of State for Wales. His priority? "Working hard for Wales". He ducked a question about becoming the first bearded Conservative cabinet minister for more than a century.

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Stephen Crabb gets Wales secretary job

And now it's official, as the newspapers used to say...

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Reshuffle: Welsh changes and the Beard Liberation Front

I wouldn't say he was demob happy but David Jones was as cheerful as anyone who had just been sacked could be.

"I'm not unhappy," he told me shortly after leaving his Downing Street meeting with the prime minister. "It is right he should refresh his team. I have been in the Wales Office more than four years". [as both a junior minister and secretary of state]

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Welsh Secretary David Jones out after cabinet reshuffle

David Jones was as cheerful as anyone who had just been sacked could be...

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Reshuffle: Crabb and Cairns tipped for greater things

Bore da. How will we fill our time now the World Cup is over?

Reshuffle fever is staking an early claim, with David Cameron about to make wide-ranging changes to his cabinet.

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Welsh Questions, PMQs - and a welcome in the hillsides

It's engaged the pundits, gripped television viewers and provided many a talking point in the nation's living rooms.

So how will we cope without it? Yes, today was the last Welsh Questions in the House of Commons until October. It will be at least three months before we again get the chance to see MPs grill David Jones and Stephen Crabb (assuming they survive next week's expected reshuffle).

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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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