Nick Servini

Nick Servini Political editor, Wales

My take on what’s happening in Welsh politics and how it affects your life

David Cameron kicks off Nato summit in Wales

3 September 2014

There surely could not have been a better day for the defence firm General Dynamics in Wales.

The prime minister joined military top brass at the plant in Oakdale to announce a major new contract and the Nato summit was about to begin down the road.

For David Cameron it was the perfect platform to "kick off this incredibly important" Nato conference because he could combine talking about hundreds of jobs in the defence industry in Wales with the international threats facing Nato members.

He said it was hard to think of a Nato summit coming at such a dangerous time.

For local residents affected by disruption he made an appeal for patience, saying it would be worth it in the end because of the benefits of Wales being seen around the world.

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Concerns at Cardiff Council

1 September 2014

When Welsh local Government comes up in discussion these days I'm often told big is beautiful.

It's pointed out that the councils to have got into most difficulty are usually the smallest.

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Welsh NHS with a Scottish twist

26 August 2014

Well there you go.

Wales has hardly got a mention in the Scottish independence referendum and then during the most critical debate so far, the final head to head between Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond, the state of spending in the Welsh NHS came up a number of times.

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Scottish expats - a view from Wales

21 August 2014

You get an interesting perspective from Scottish expats living in Wales because they are watching the referendum debate from a place where there are people with similar ambitions for independence.

Most of the Scots I've been speaking to don't expect it to happen here, but in the same breath many will say they never expected the Scottish independence campaign to happen in their lifetime either.

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Severn tolls - is this the beginning of the end?

19 August 2014
Severn bridges
In 2018 the bridges will come under the control of the UK Government

It has been hotly debated for years but the question about what to do with the Severn bridge tolls is no longer becoming academic.

The reason is that a decision will be made in the next Parliament.

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The Scotland debate in Wales

10 September 2014

If I think back a year, I'm not sure how I expected the debate around the Scottish independence referendum to play out in Wales.

But in reality it has bubbled away quietly under the surface, rather than being a headline-grabbing point of discussion.

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Barnett bailouts

12 August 2014

It's the dog days of August and the calm before the political storm of the Nato summit in Newport and the Scottish referendum.

So what better time to talk about the Barnett formula - the equation which decides how much money the Welsh government receives from Westminster every year.

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Stephen Crabb offers a wind of change in attitude to devolution

1 August 2014

Guest blogger Guto Thomas says Stephen Crabb offers a more positive attitude to devolution as he takes up the reins as Welsh Secretary.

The assertion way back in 1997 that devolution is a process rather than an event was certainly catchy, but nobody could have foreseen that Ron Davies's soundbite would become so voracious in its appetite to develop devolution in Wales.

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The cost of redundancy

We know that councils are shedding staff but we now know how much it is costing.

Figures obtained by BBC Wales show the redundancy bills for the 22 local authorities were more than £30m in the past financial year.

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M4 relief road: brave or reckless?

I've been covering the political fallout from the announcement late on Wednesday afternoon, by the Transport Minister Edwina Hart, that a £1bn relief road is going to be built south of Newport, and what is clear is how polarised opinion is.

There are those, led by Plaid Cymru, who have called it reckless, while there are those, led by the CBI, who are delighted.

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About Nick

Nick became political editor after a six-year stint as the business correspondent, during which he covered the full impact of the recession and the financial crisis in Wales.

Born in Aberdare, Nick studied philosophy at Southampton University before training as a newspaper reporter. He worked at the South Wales Echo and the Welsh Mirror.

He joined the BBC in 2001 and worked in the radio newsroom in London before moving to Cardiff and reporting extensively for the Good Morning Wales programme on Radio Wales.

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