'More armed police than politicians'

A family poses for a selfie just metres from Tuesday's suspected terror attack.
Image caption A family pose for a 'selfie' just metres from Tuesday's suspected terror attack.

I left for work on Tuesday expecting a relatively quiet day that offered time to catch up with paperwork, interrupted only by the latest twists in the Jeremy Corbyn wreath saga.

The arrival of a Ford Fiesta outside the House of Lords at 7:37am changed that and I spent the day reporting on the security situation.

As in March 2017, the police cordon included the BBC studios. Unlike March 2017, the police also closed a number of streets some way from Parliament as they assessed the situation.

Barely 24 hours after the Westminster car crash, one would not know anything had happened. I took the photograph above fewer than five metres from the barrier that interrupted the Fiesta's journey. While I was there today, the barrier was lifted for a cyclist (with a parliamentary pass) and a street-cleaning van.

Prime Minister Theresa May said the incident was shocking. She may have been shocked but, after last year's attack and as a former home secretary, she cannot have been surprised.

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Cairns challenged to quit over Brexit

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Image caption 'At next week’s Royal Welsh show, will the Secretary of State announce his resignation....?' - Liz Saville Roberts

The temperature remains feverish, the atmosphere remains febrile. But away from the chaotic debates on Brexit and whether or not MPs should have a longer summer break, Alun Cairns has been answering MPs' questions for the last time before the recess.

The Welsh secretary has become something of a social media pantomime villain recently amid calls for his resignation over the government's failure to support the proposed Swansea Bay tidal lagoon and the naming of the second Severn crossing after the Prince of Wales.

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'Who exactly does lead the Conservative Party?'

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Image caption 'There are question marks now over who exactly does lead the Conservative party'

Guto Bebb was at the Farnborough Air Show when the career-changing text came through on his phone.

"I certainly didn't intend to resign," the now former defence minister said 24 hours later. "I didn't want to resign."

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Welsh Tories reflect on the Chequers compromise

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Image caption 'Nobody gives a ****' - Simon Hart reacts to his colleague's resignation.

The temporary media gazebos have disappeared from Abingdon Green, the much-photographed patch of grass opposite the House of Lords.

Perhaps for Theresa May the crisis is over. At least for now. No-one has resigned from the government for almost 24 hours. And some of the resignations have left Conservative MPs rather underwhelmed.

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'No pompous windbaggery was going to stop him'

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Image caption Speaker John Bercow praised Aneurin Bevan's indefatigability, bloody-mindedness and irascibility.

Their political backgrounds are rather different. But John Bercow used the 70th anniversary of the NHS to heap praise on its founder, Aneurin Bevan.

The Speaker hosted a reception to mark the occasion. John Bercow cut his political teeth on the right of the Conservative party; Bevan was on the left of Labour.

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England flag raised above Wales Office

England flag above Wales Office
Image caption The England flag flies above the Wales Office alongside a Union flag that marks Armed Forces Day.

It's possibly not a move likely to pacify his growing army of critics.

Alun Cairns's Wales Office is to fly the Cross of St George during England's remaining matches in the World Cup.

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That lagoon again: now the political fall-out

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Image caption 'It would be cheaper to write a cheque for £15,000 to every single household in Wales rather than subsidise this particular proposal' - Greg Clark.

The UK government's rejection of the Swansea tidal lagoon was about as predictable as the tides that project hoped to rely on.

It won't have come as a surprise to anyone who has been following the saga closely. If you're shocked, then you clearly haven't been paying attention.

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Cairns challenged on first minister's 'kind offer'

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Image caption 'I really want this project to happen if it's good value for money for the taxpayer' - Alun Cairns on the Swansea tidal lagoon.

Today was supposed to be the day Business Secretary Greg Clark revealed the fate of the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon.

For reasons that have yet to be properly explained to me, that isn't happening. But as Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns was due to answer MPs' questions in the House of Commons, the delay in announcing a decision on the lagoon left MPs with plenty of ammunition.

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MPs protest over 'farcical' timetable for Welsh debate

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Image caption 'The government have made very substantial compromises' - David Lidington defends his handling of Brexit and devolution.

It doesn't take much, let's be honest, for Plaid Cymru to develop and nurture a sense of grievance here at Westminster. But on the paucity of time devoted to devolution during Tuesday's Brexit debate do they have a point?

Plaid MP Jonathan Edwards called it "farcical". On my watch, MPs spent 18 minutes debating the amendments made to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill after complaints of a Westminster power grab.

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Jeremy Thorpe, a nose for conspiracy and Welsh cheese

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Image caption Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe drops in by helicopter to support Martin Thomas's bid to become the party's MP for West Flintshire in 1970.

The Jeremy Thorpe affair, currently gripping millions of BBC viewers thanks to its dramatisation as 'A Very English Scandal', has more Welsh angles than an edition of Wales On Sunday.

Whether it was the owner of the Pyle Discount Carpet Warehouse, John Le Mesurier, the Cardiff T-shirt printer Dave Miller, or the Port Talbot fruit machine salesman George Deakin, there was enough to prompt talk of a 'South Wales connection'.

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