Tidy St David's Day celebrations at Westminster go on

 

The celebrations seem to be lasting longer than the Plaid Cymru leadership election (no mean feat: the DFS sale is expected to end sooner).

Wales is everywhere in Westminster today - in the Commons chamber, the restaurants and committee rooms - even the chapel.

The Liberal Democrats hosted a lunchtime St David's Day bash in the same venue used last night by Plaid Cymru. Only the menu (cheese, not quail's eggs) and the harpist (Lord Thomas of Gresford) appeared to have changed. Some of the guests may have been there all night.

By then, the 58 freshly-baked Welshcakes brought to work by the former leader of the Welsh Lib Dems, Lord German, had been swiftly consumed by staff and fellow peers.

Downing Street hosted more A-listers last night, with Sam Warburton, Warren Gatland, TV presenter Steve Jones and actor Joanna Page.

The prime minister made the inevitable "tidy" Gavin and Stacey joke and in Warburton's presence said nice things about last Saturday's six nations win, despite admitting "I will always be on the white side rather than the red side".

There was praise for the Welsh team's rugby world cup performance and that semi-final defeat: "I feel some sympathy. I have had a bit of a run in with the French recently, so I know what you went through, but it was tremendous."

Wishing everyone a happy St David's Day, he joked that a March 1 bank holiday is being blocked by George Osborne: "I'll try my best with the Chancellor, but anything that reduces GDP even by 0.001 per cent upsets him deeply."

This morning, children from the London Welsh School presented a grateful John Bercow with daffodils before singing (the children, not the Speaker) at the traditional St David's Day service at the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in the palace of Westminster.

Oh, and there will also be a three-hour debate on Welsh affairs in the Commons this afternoon. If only Lord German had saved me a Welshcake, it would be better than Christmas.

 
David Cornock Article written by David Cornock David Cornock Parliamentary correspondent, Wales

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