David Cornock, Parliamentary correspondent, Wales

David Cornock Parliamentary correspondent, Wales

The place to come for the Welsh view of Westminster and updates on the politics and personalities of Parliament

Poor Welsh children 'lagging behind' rest of UK

Their first "state of the nation" report made my jaw drop, with its analysis of school performance by children from similar backgrounds across the UK,

This year's report by the social mobility and child poverty commission is equally thought-provoking, although it does have the odd silver lining to an otherwise depressing cloud of data for Welsh government ministers.

The commission, chaired by former Labour cabinet minister Alan Milburn, again warns that poor pupils in Wales "lag behind" those elsewhere in the UK and that nearly half of three-year-olds in deprived areas are failing to make the expected progress.

Commission members, who include Catriona Williams of Children in Wales, say they're "especially concerned" that a smaller proportion of Welsh children who receive free school meals achieve five good GCSEs (26%) compared to children from similar backgrounds in England (38%).

The commission, chaired by Alan Milburn, also reports that there has been "little progress in improving outcomes for three-year-olds in deprived areas, with only 55% meeting development norms at this age, unchanged from the previous year and short of the target to increase the proportion to 60% by 2016".

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Wine and Welshcakes mark 50 years of Welsh Secretaries

Welsh secretaries at reception
The present and eight former Welsh secretaries gathered for the celebration

Is there a collective noun for secretaries of state for Wales?

Nine of the 17 politicians to have held the post turned out at Gwydyr House tonight for a reception to mark the 50th anniversary of its creation after Harold Wilson's election victory in October 1964.

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Welsh minister in a muddle over 'Mr Mac ap Jones'

Do you know Mr Mac ap Jones?

Probably not, since he is the creation of the former cabinet minister Lord Richard of Ammanford. Or rather, he might argue that Mr Mac ap Jones is the creation of clause 8 of the Wales Bill, (which had its committee stage in the House of Lords last night).

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Peers - and two first ministers - talk money and power

If Monday was a political anorak's idea of heaven, then today all our constitutional Christmases have come at once.

As I speak, their lordships are getting their teeth into the Wales Bill, which followed a short debate on the Middle East. The first speaker in the Welsh debate, Liberal Democrat Lord Roberts of Llandudno, was heard to complain "they're all leaving" as he got up to speak. The self-described manic street preachers is used to a more captive audience.

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MPs debate meaning of Scottish vote for Wales

MPs have now spent almost two hours debating "Devolution following the Scotland referendum".

So what have we learnt so far? (Newcomers may find this dictionary helpful.)

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More AMs? 'Any advance on 100? Any advance on 120?'

How many politicians do we need?

Wales currently has 40 MPs, 60 AMs, 4 MEPs, quite a few peers and more councillors than I can count without using a calculator. Last night's debate in the House of Lords focused on the number of assembly members in Cardiff Bay.

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Crabb: we'll put differences aside and work together

A political anorak could be forgiven for thinking they've died and gone to heaven.

In the House of Lords this afternoon, peers have been scrutinising the Wales Bill, which will give the Welsh government the ability to vary income tax for the first time (after a referendum "yes" vote).

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Politicians, percentages and making the sums add up

Politicians love numbers. The bigger the better, the more zeros the more dramatic. It helps them present increases as "massive boosts" and reductions as "savage cuts".

So if you think the Welsh government is under-funded, you will probably state the deficit as £300m rather than (the slightly less dramatic) two per cent of its £15bn budget. You will probably avoid suggesting the deficit is one per cent of overall public spending in Wales last year - almost £30bn.

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Lib Dem leader uses Glasgow speech to focus on England

By now you probably know about the big announcement from Nick Clegg's speech.

It's an interesting and significant one, about giving mental health treatment the same priority as physical health.

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Jenny agrees with Nick on Welsh powers timetable

So what did he mean by that then?

Party conferences are a great opportunity to test the platform rhetoric against any delivery plans.

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About David

David Cornock has been covering politics from Westminster for more than two decades.

He grew up near Penarth in South Wales and trained on the Western Mail.

He moved to London in 1988 and became the newspaper's political editor.

In 1995, he joined BBC Wales as its parliamentary correspondent.

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