Corbyn praises Welsh health and education

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Image caption Welsh Labour leader Carwyn Jones welcomes Jeremy Corbyn to 'Welsh Night'

From the warmth of the welcome, you'd never know he'd just lost a general election.

But when Carwyn Jones introduced Jeremy Corbyn to delegates at the party's 'Welsh Night' fringe as "the next prime minister" his party's MPs felt able to cheer the prospect with a straight face.

"We didn't sadly quite win the election," he admitted. "But this government is so powerful and so confident in two opposition days just before parliament ended for this conference recess they couldn't even bring themselves to vote against a proposal to lift the NHS pay cap and halt the rise in student fees. They couldn't even defend what is supposed to be flagship policies of a Tory government."

It's true that the NHS pay cap remains in Wales, where Labour are in power, and tuition fees are rising in Wales. Jeremy Corbyn defended the refusal to lift the pay cap in an interview with ITV Wales.

Carwyn Jones told the audience on Sunday night that his government had lived under "the oppression of austerity" for seven years, dealing with a declining budget.

'United'

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Politicians look back on 18 and a bit years of change

Glyn Davies and Lord Hain
Image caption Glyn Davies and Lord Hain give me their views of Welsh politics since the 1997 referendum

It's a big year for 20th anniversaries. In May it was 20 years since Tony Blair swept to power. And 20 years of continuous Labour rule in Wales.

And, as you may have noticed, it was 20 years ago this week that Wales voted, by a narrow margin, for devolution. The actual powers weren't transferred until July 1999 but no-one celebrates an "18 years and a bit" anniversary so it has offered a timely opportunity for the media to take stock.

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The leadership contest no-one is talking about

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Greetings from Bournemouth, which tells you that, for me, it's the start of the party conference season.

Unlike the last Liberal Democrat gathering in Wales, the Lib Dems have decided to let the media in for their autumn UK conference.

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New minister yet to work in Wales since starting job

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Image caption Wales Office Minister Lord Duncan takes the oath in the House of Lords watched by a couple of Welsh peers.

Meet the new parliamentary under secretary of state for Wales.

Lord (Ian) Duncan of Springbank was apparently appointed to the role in June, but the Wales Office didn't exactly trumpet their new minister.

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All-male committee set to welcome women MPs

Why are women MPs to keen to join the all-male select committee on Welsh affairs? Some of the potential new recruits aren't even called Davies.

Shortly after I reported the row over the original line-up, and over the reluctance of Welsh Labour MPs to join it, Gower MP Tonia Antoniazzi tweeted "both @AnnaMcMorrin and myself are on the committee".

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Committee roles for Davies, Davies, Davies (and Davies)

David Davies MP
Image caption Fighting fit: Monmouth Tory MP David T.C.Davies (left) is struggling to recruit members to his committee.

It's the main forum for Welsh issues at Westminster. So why are MPs so reluctant to join it?

It appears that the Commons select committee on Welsh affairs will initially be established with just six members, all men. It usually has 11, the maximum allowed.

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Lib Dems defend banning media from party conference

Kirsty Williams, Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander Image copyright Liberal Democrats

The first word of their values statement is "open". And they have a new UK leader to sell to the voters.

So why did the Welsh Liberal Democrats decide to hold their autumn conference in private?

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Bercow a cut above as trainspotter Cairns challenged

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Media captionChristina Rees commended House of Commons speaker John Bercow on his new haircut

Did you miss them?

This was the first time Wales Office Ministers Alun Cairns and Guto Bebb have answered MPs questions since the general election. In fact, the last Welsh question time in the House of Commons took place in April.

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Welsh MPs 'star' in musical version of Commons inquiry

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Image caption Spot the Welsh MP: a scene from 'Committee' at the Donmar Warehouse

If the transcript of a parliamentary select committee hearing were an obvious candidate for a musical then Andrew Lloyd Webber would probably have got there first.

But Lord Lloyd-Webber has left the stage clear for the creative brains behind Committee or The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee Takes Oral Evidence on Whitehall's Relationship With Kids Company - to give the musical its full title.

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Women's voices 'rarely heard' in Brexit debate

Jo Stevens MP
Image caption "I rarely heard women's voices, despite our best efforts to be heard" - Jo Stevens on the Brexit referendum

I know what you're thinking. But no, I'm not one of those BBC staffers on £150,000-plus a year.

But before you drown me with your unwarranted sympathy, let's talk about the last Westminster debate about Wales before heavily-fatigued MPs depart for their long summer recess.

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