What does SNP success mean for Plaid at Westminster?

Hywel Williams, Jonathan Edwards and Liz Saville Roberts
Plaid Cymru MPs Hywel Williams, Jonathan Edwards and Liz Saville Roberts

While the Labour and the Liberal Democrat leadership elections continue, Plaid Cymru have announced their new leader at Westminster.

It's Jonathan Edwards, the MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr. He replaces Elfyn Llwyd, who stood down at the election.

It had been expected that Mr Llwyd would be replaced by Arfon MP Hywel Williams, but he decided to pass on the opportunity for family reasons.

Mr Edwards had previously been resistant to the idea in case it cramped his political style but has now been persuaded to take the leadership path.

He has identified three themes for the next five years at Westminster: "The Human Rights Act, a European Referendum and the political autonomy of the nations within the British state will be some of the defining issues of this Parliament. They have the ingredients to ignite major constitutional battles and will undoubtedly impact upon the daily lives of our people, our businesses and our communities."

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No office, no desk, no 'phone: the lot of the new MP

Stephen Kinnock MP
Stephen Kinnock: hot-desking while he waits for an office at Westminster

He may have a famous name but he doesn't have an office or a phone yet.

Stephen Kinnock, as the son of a former Labour leader, is one of the better-known among the 2015 intake of MPs.

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Labour MP gives up frontbench job after election defeat

Huw Irranca-Davies MP
"The decision is entirely my own" - Huw Irranca-Davies leaves the Labour frontbench

A Welsh MP who was a minister under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown has quit the Labour frontbench.

Ogmore MP Huw Irranca-Davies said in a statement: "The decision is entirely my own. It has been a privilege to serve as a Minister and Shadow Minister alongside passionate and talented colleagues, and I do not rule out a return to the frontbench in future if the opportunity arises.

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100-day Welsh devolution law pledge unlikely to be met

A new law to give Wales more powers may not be introduced as quickly as a senior minister suggested during the election campaign.

I understand that even if the proposed Wales Bill is mentioned in the Queen's Speech at the state opening of parliament on May 27 it won't be among the early laws to be debated by MPs - despite Chancellor George Osborne promising Welsh legislation within 100 days of the election.

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Crabb stays at Wales Office: what next?

The smile as Stephen Crabb strolled along what has some newspapers have dubbed the "Downing Street catwalk" suggested good news.

David Cameron invites those he intends to retain or promote to walk through the front door of No 10 for the cameras. Those to be sacked are relieved of their duties behind closed doors in his Commons office.

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Results, powers and keeping up with the Joneses

Conservative Craig Williams (l) became an MP holding off from Labour
Conservative Craig Williams (left) holds off Labour to win Cardiff North

It appears Leanne Wood was right.

The Plaid Cymru leader told Nick Servini last month: "I caution you against too many comparisons with Scotland. We're different countries and the SNP and Plaid Cymru are different parties and we're on different stages of our devolution journey."

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An election like no other - and almost every other

Jamie Owen and David Cornock
Even our ties are impartial....Jamie Owen and David Cornock broadcasting live on the BBC Wales Election 2015 tour in Cardiff

It's almost time to return the hi-vis jacket and hard hat to the props department.

The 2015 general election campaign is virtually over (unless we have to do it all again in a few months). The polls suggest little has changed despite six weeks of frantic campaigning and constant media coverage.

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The election questions even the experts can't answer

The BBC Wales General Election 2015 tour in Barry
The two-week BBC Wales General Election 2015 tour started in Barry

It has been suggested that this closely-fought election campaign is dull and uninspiring. Even boring. Or vanilla.

Perhaps as a political anorak I just have a higher boredom threshold than most voters. I'm certainly not surprised people find it dull - election night in 1997 was dramatic and exciting but the month that preceded it was pretty tedious.

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Coffee, a campervan and some election manifestos

David Cornock with Michael Clague, Valerie Livingston and Jodie Tunnon
David Cornock with the Wales Today manifesto panel Michael Clague, Valerie Livingston and Jodie Tunnon at Applejack's in Cardiff

I've spent a lot of time in Cardiff's cafes during the last few days - purely in the line of duty, you understand.

I've been chairing a panel of three looking at the political party's election manifestos.

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Manifesto muddies the clear blue water over funding

David Cameron and Nick Clegg
David Cameron and Nick Clegg in happier times.

It left their Liberal Democrat coalition partners spluttering on their home-made muesli.

Tuesday's Conservative manifesto promise on Welsh funding will have surprised a few Conservatives too.

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