Westminster carries on

Rhian Medi and her son Owain
Image caption Back to work: Rhian Medi and son Owain

"We're in a village and our village policeman has been murdered."

With those words, marking the killing of PC Keith Palmer, deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle reminded us that Parliament isn't just about the politicians.

For many MPs, caught in the Commons chamber as Wednesday's attack began, their first thoughts were for their staff in other parts of the parliamentary estate.

The police put the Palace of Westminster in lockdown as firearms officers began a sweep of the area.

'Separated'

Plaid Cymru MP's assistant Rhian Medi Roberts told was separated from her two-year-old son Owain for "a good couple of hours" during the lockdown.

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Cairns on Welsh cakes, Hezza and Guto Bebb

Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns Image copyright ITV
Image caption 'It is pure speculation within the article that is there in order to develop the debate' - Alun Cairns explains his deputy's thinking on Scottish independence.

The traditional first wedding anniversary gift is paper. Appropriately enough, Alun Cairns got two pages of Wales on Sunday to mark his first 12 months as secretary of state for Wales.

On the UK government's own website, he highlighted five "key achievements" - the Wales Act 2017, the fiscal framework, Severn tolls, mobile coverage and business support.

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Wales Office blunder gives Heseltine old job back

Alun Cairns and Lord Heseltine Image copyright Wales Office
Image caption 'I'm delighted that Lord Heseltine has offered to support...' - Alun Cairns's letter

An MP has described it as the fastest comeback in political history. Lord Heseltine, who was recently sacked as a government adviser - is back working as a government adviser. Well, according to the secretary of state for Wales he is.

Alun Cairns wrote to MPs on March 14 to say he was "delighted" that the Swansea-born former deputy prime minister would use his "expertise" to support a £1.3bn investment deal for Swansea and south-west Wales.

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Budget 2017: Lagoons, city deals and 'Box Office Phil'

Chancellor Philip Hammond
Image caption 'This discussion is still ongoing. I hope we may bring it to conclusion within, let's say. the next 8 days' - Philip Hammond on investment plans for Swansea.

It's about this time of year that I'm often asked: "David, what's going to be in the Budget?"

I usually patiently explain that if I knew what was in the chancellor's red box, I probably wouldn't have to work for a living. But there are a few areas where we have a good idea of what Philip Hammond is planning.

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Spirit of St David infuses Commons Welsh debate

Christina Rees MP
Image caption 'Much has happened since the last St David's Day' - Christina Rees, Labour's fourth shadow Welsh Secretary in 12 months

St David's Day usually lasts the best part of a week at Westminster. So, 24 hours after St David's Day, MPs held their annual debate on Welsh affairs.

It was a generally upbeat affair, with MPs celebrating St David, Wales and positive events from the past year. Gareth Bale's ears may have been burning.

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Wales 'one of the best places in the UK' - Theresa May

Theresa May
Image caption 'Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus' - Theresa May tries out her Welsh inside No 10.

The red dragon has been flying from the roof of No 10. Inside, invited guests - including half the cabinet - enjoyed Welsh produce from Welsh cakes to whisky and wine.

The prime minister, who has given up crisps for Lent, chose not to sample all the food and drink - "I've had to be very good and not participate in everything that was brought through" - but suggested it was so impressive quite a few No 10 staff "have suddenly discovered their Welsh heritage".

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Selling Wales to the world as St David's Day nears

First Minister Carwyn Jones
Image caption 'The UK itself will have to change quite fundamentally over the next two years...." - Carwyn Jones at Lancaster House.

Lancaster House is rarely off our screens these days. The mansion, build for the (Grand Old) Duke of York has doubled up as Buckingham Palace in the Netflix series The Crown and was Theresa May's venue of choice for her big Brexit speech.

On Monday, it hosted (on behalf of the first minister) a St David's Day reception for diplomats, politicians and business people as part of a week of events to sell Wales to the world.

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New shadow arrives amid Wales Office memories

Welsh Secretaries Image copyright Wales Office
Image caption Stephen Crabb and David Jones among other Welsh secretaries in 2014 on the 50th anniversary of the role.

"Full and interesting advice surgery this morning in Haverfordwest," reports the local MP, Stephen Crabb. "A variety of issues raised - arts funding, farming, social care, and many others. Nobody mentioned Europe, Brexit or Article 50."

The priorities of the good people of Pembrokeshire may serve as a reality check to those of us who have reported little other than Europe, Brexit or Article 50 this past fortnight (although constituency surgeries may usually feature more personal concerns).

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EU Bill clears first hurdle amid Labour disarray

Kevin Brennan MP
Image caption 'I have taken the unusual step of listening to the debate, rather than contributing to it' - Kevin Brennan MP.

Kevin Brennan may be a wannabe rock star but he is not a serial rebel. His rare votes against the party line are all the more noteworthy for that.

The Cardiff West MP was one of 10 Labour frontbenchers who voted against the triggering of Article 50 in the Commons on Wednesday night.

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Wales Bill 'not the end of the story', says ex-minister

MPs vote on the Wales Bill.
Image caption The last vote on what will become the Wales Act 2017.

It was said to offer a "once-in-a-generation opportunity to draw a line under this ongoing, endless debate that we seem to have in Wales about devolution and further powers".

The aim was "a lasting and fair devolution settlement for Wales". David Cameron (remember him) talked of "an enduring settlement for Wales which works for Wales today, tomorrow and for generations to come".

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