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Summary

  1. Scroll down the page for text, video and social media commentary on 2016 at the Senedd.

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones

All times stated are UK

  1. Topic of the year: Remain or Leave?

    12 January 2016

    Carwyn Jones

    The first plenary of the year followed a head-to-head debate the previous evening between First Minister Carwyn Jones and UKIP leader Nigel Farage on the UK's membership of the European Union.

    Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood asked Mr Jones whether his performance in the debate would "help or hinder the campaign".

    Mr Jones replied that was for others to decide.

    At that point, the only certainty was that a referendum on whether the UK should remain within the EU or leave would be held before the end of 2017. 

    It was to prove one of the defining issues of the year for the Welsh Assembly...

  2. Carwyn Jones apologises over public land sale

    26 January 2016

    The sites

    A report by the Public Accounts Committee said taxpayers had lost tens of millions of pounds over the sale of land by the Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales (RIFW).

    The findings prompted the First Minister Carwyn Jones to publicly apologise to AMs saying it fell well below the standards that had been expected.

    The committee investigated the March 2012 sale of land to Guernsey-based company South Wales Land Developments, following a highly-critical report by the public spending watchdog, the Wales Audit Office, last year.

  3. E-cigarette law fails after 'cheap date' jibe

    16 March 2016

    A public health bill, which included a ban on e-cigarette use in some public places, was rejected by AMs after a row between Labour and Plaid Cymru.

    Plaid Cymru voted against the bill in a last-minute move, meaning the assembly was tied 26-26 and the bill failed to pass.

    It came after Public Services Minister Leighton Andrews said a previous deal with the party was a "cheap date".

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  4. End of an era

    16 March 2016

    Siambr

    To mark the end of the Fourth Assembly, the Mace was carried from the Siambr by the presiding officer and deputy presiding officer and handed to the chief executive and clerk to the Assembly. 

  5. Welsh election 2016: Labour just short as UKIP wins seats

    5 May 2016

    In May's election, Labour fell short of a majority as UKIP won its first seats in the Senedd.

    Former Tory MPs Neil Hamilton and Mark Reckless were among seven UKIP AMs elected via the regional lists.

    Labour remained the largest party with 29 of the 60 seats, and suffered the shock loss of Leighton Andrews to Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood in Rhondda.

    Plaid Cymru won 12 seats, the Conservatives 11, and the Liberal Democrats went from five to just one.

    The new term marked the largest turnover of assembly members since the institution began in 1999, with 22 new members. 

    More than a third of the intake were completely new to the assembly, with only nine of the current group of 60 AMs having been in the chamber when it was formed.

    Welsh Election
  6. Deadlock in vote for first minister

    11 May 2016

    On the extraordinary first day of the Fifth Assembly, members failed to elect a new first minister.

    Labour's Carwyn Jones was expected to be re-appointed following the election.

    But Plaid Cymru nominated its leader Leanne Wood, and won the backing of the Tories and UKIP, while Mr Jones won the support of sole Liberal Democrat Kirsty Williams and his own party.

    With the vote tied at 29-29, the Senedd was adjourned to a later date.

    Carwyn Jones
  7. Carwyn Jones reinstated as first minister

    18 May 2016

    Welsh Labour leader Carwyn Jones was re-appointed first minister, following a deal with Plaid Cymru to end a week of deadlock in Cardiff Bay.

    The deal paved the way for Labour to form a minority Welsh Government.

    Mr Jones said the people of Wales had asked Labour to form a government for the fifth time but to proceed with caution.    

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  8. Neil Hamilton causing a stir...

    18 May 2016

    UKIP's Neil Hamilton told AMs that Kirsty Williams and Leanne Wood had made themselves "political concubines in Carwyn's harem", sparking an outcry over sexism.

    The following week, Llywydd Elin Jones said that Mr Hamilton's words fell foul of assembly standing orders and that the use of sexist language was "unacceptable".

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  9. 'Stronger, safer and more prosperous as a part of EU'

    15 June 2016

    Members held a debate on the referendum being held on 23 June, to decide whether Britain should leave or remain in the European Union.   

    The proposal that "the National Assembly for Wales believes that Wales would be stronger, safer and more prosperous if it were to remain a part of the European Union" is passed with 44 for and nine against.

    AMs vote
  10. AMs respond to EU referendum outcome

    28 June 2016

    EU referendum

    Wales voted to leave the European Union by a majority of just over 5% in the referendum on 23 June.

    The final total in Wales was Leave 52.5% (854,572), and Remain 47.5% (772,347).

    The leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Andrew RT Davies, who campaigned for Leave in the referendum, says there are "huge opportunities for investment and innovation for a global Britain and a global Wales".

    Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood admitted the result was a "reality check".

    "Article 50 should be triggered sooner rather than later," said the first minister. "Better people know where they stand."  

  11. Welsh Government's spending plans unveiled

    18 October 2016

    budget

    Budget talks took place under the post-election deal by which Plaid Cymru agreed to support Carwyn Jones's return as first minister.  

    Extra money for health, colleges, councils and the Welsh language was promised after Plaid Cymru agreed a £119m deal to back Labour's budget.

    With no majority, the Welsh Government needed some opposition support to get its £15bn spending plans passed.

  12. 'Show proper respect for the assembly'

    30 November 2016

    Llywydd Elin Jones

    The Llywydd, Elin Jones, warns AMs to "show proper respect for the assembly" and to "maintain the integrity of this place", including no more heckling or personal insults.

    Ms Jones told AMs that there "have been exchanges that have been both unfitting and unpleasant". 

    "I have said recently that I wish to encourage democratic debate that is rigorous and robust, however members should be able to disagree on issues without resorting to personal insults," she said. 

    "I expect members to show proper respect for the assembly and proper courtesy at all times to other members. This applies to us all, including ministers." 

  13. Wales worst in UK in world education tests

    6 December 2016

    Carwyn Jones told AMs that the results of the OECD Pisa tests make for "uncomfortable reading".

    But he said his government will not "panic, throw everything up in the air" when the OECD has advised "we should stay on the track that we are on".

    Wales' 15-year-old pupils scored below the international average in maths, reading and science for a third time.

    Education Secretary Kirsty Williams, the sole remaining Liberal Democrat AM, said "we would all have liked to see greater progress".

    She adds that the results for science are "deeply, deeply disappointing".

    Pisa
  14. Labour given a working majority

    December 2016

    Lord Elis-Thomas

    Former Plaid Cymru leader Lord Elis-Thomas told BBC Wales that he will be supporting the Welsh Government during this assembly term.

    He sits as an independent AM after resigning from Plaid Cymru in October, claiming the party was not serious about supporting stable government.

    The move gives Labour a working majority in the Senedd.