Manifestos past and present: What to look out for

The Conservatives' Welsh manifesto Image copyright Conservative Party
Image caption Remember him? David Cameron at the heart of the Conservatives' Welsh manifesto in 2015.

One of the many treats of a snap election - only seven weeks to go, folks - is that I get the chance to re-read manifestos from two years ago. I do this so you don't have to.

The Brexit vote means that many of the pledges then - membership of the single market, anyone? - are no longer worth the paper they were written on.

But other (as yet undelivered) commitments are worth re-visiting as we anticipate the arrival of the 2017 documents.

Shall we start with the Barnett formula, that spending mechanism that oppositions often promise to scrap but governments somehow find indispensable?

Labour said it would "ensure that Wales continues to benefit through the Barnett formula and the addition of a funding floor". It also promised to "strengthen devolution once again, guaranteeing fair funding for Wales, as well as powers over policing, energy, transport and elections."

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Wales goes to the polls. Again.

Byron Davies talking to David Cornock
Image caption 'No, not at all' - Byron Davies, who will defend the smallest majority in the UK.

Byron Davies has found himself in demand today. His phone has not stopped ringing or buzzing with texts.

As the owner of the smallest majority in the UK - 27 votes - the Gower MP could be forgiven if he viewed Theresa May's announcement with trepidation.

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FMQs - from Gibraltar to the Church Village bypass

Neil Hamilton AM
Image caption UKIP Assembly group leader Neil Hamilton grills the first minister on Gibraltar.

For David Lloyd George, a change of trouble was as good as a vacation.

With that in mind, and MPs not sitting this week, I swapped Westminster for Cardiff Bay to take in First Minister's Questions.

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Brexit powers pledge fails to pacify PM's Welsh critics

Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns
Image caption 'I'm a bit disappointed in that' - Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns on criticism from First Minister Carwyn Jones

Theresa May's letter triggering Article 50 may have attempted a more conciliatory tone but it does not seem to have worked with the Welsh Government.

Although there is some common ground between the two governments on, for example, the need for free trade within the single market, Carwyn Jones has complained that he didn't see the letter before it was published on Wednesday. (He has that in common with most of Mrs May's cabinet).

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Wales awaits as May prepares to trigger Article 50

Carwyn Jones and Theresa May Image copyright Getty Images

In Wales we are fond of the H-word. It has often been used to describe something quite interesting that hasn't happened before rather than something genuinely historic.

But few would dispute that the letter Sir Tim Barrow will hand to Donald Tusk on Theresa May's behalf will not change the UK's history.

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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.

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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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