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

WAG no more; leaders mark significant, landmark day

This is, said the secretary of state, "a historic day for Wales".

Of course, most days are historic, in the sense of one day following another, although Wales does have more than its fair share of "historic" days in the 21st century.

Indeed, Wales Office Minister Baroness Randerson told the House of Lords three weeks ago: "'Historic' is a word that is sometimes overused in political debate, but I believe we can justly claim that the devolution of fiscal powers to the Welsh assembly for the first time is an historic step forward."

And today is another historic day for Wales, with the Wales Bill that devolves fiscal powers to Cardiff for the first time receiving Royal Assent. The Wales Act 2014, as it now is, could pave the way for separate Welsh rates of income tax.

The assembly's thesaurus has been well-thumbed today. First Minister Carwyn Jones said: "The Wales Bill receiving Royal Assent is an important day for us as it marks the next step on our devolution journey."

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The ex-Welsh Secretaries' Club debates English votes

William Hague, David Jones and John Redwood
William Hague, David Jones and John Redwood have all served as Tory Welsh Secretaries

It was a tale of former secretaries of state for Wales.

William Hague (1995-97) delivered the statement setting out how the coalition government would answer the English or West Lothian Question.

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David Cameron tells Wales to 'focus on powers it has'

  • 15 December 2014
  • From the section Wales

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Plaid MP would back 'issue-by-issue' deal with Labour

How many parties does it take to form a government?

The answer next May could be more than two. UKIP's rise and the SNP surge have helped make the election the most unpredictable in living memory (a phrase you may hear again in the next 146 days).

Read full article Plaid MP would back 'issue-by-issue' deal with Labour

Welsh debate 'degenerates' into Christmas party

The Wales Bill's parliamentary journey may be over but its last leg was not uneventful.

Deputy Speaker Dawn Primarolo found herself having to keep order over a debate she said was degenerating into a Christmas party with MPs shouting at each other.

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Tax powers bill clears hurdle - how many more to come?

Stephen Crabb
Stephen Crabb - named Welsh Politician of the Year - saw the Wales Bill safely through the Commons

The lockstep is dead.

Its demise was approved by MPs without a vote this afternoon. The lockstep, for those among you who have better things to do than focus on fiscal devolution, was the clause of the Wales Bill that would have ensured any change in the basic rate of Welsh income tax had to be mirrored by a similar change in the higher or top rate. Our devolution dictionary is here, should you require further assistance.

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Gower tree chosen to light up No 10

  • 8 December 2014
  • From the section Wales

The prime minister turned on the lights on his two trees today - and one of them was grown in Wales.

Farmer Rob Morgan from Gower won a competition to supply the 12ft (3.6m) tree for the state rooms at 10 Downing Street and the big switch-on took place this evening.

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How significant would income tax powers be for Wales?

Now where were we? The autumn statement may have grabbed the headlines but it wasn't the only political event of the week - or even the day.

Here's Welsh Questions from the House of Commons. Yesterday's event was a warm-up to the warm-up (PMQs) to the warm-up - the Autumn Statement.

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Tax and spend? But what's in it for Wales

The Welsh government will have an extra £123m to spend next year as a result of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement.

It says more than half of that will be spent on the Welsh NHS.

Read full article Tax and spend? But what's in it for Wales

Coalition parties race to claim credit for lagoon news

Ed Davey
Credit due? Ed Davey says the UK government is 'serious' about tidal power

One of the joys of coalition government as we approach the general election is seeing each party try to claim the credit for ideas that have yet to be delivered.

Yesterday, David Cameron and Nick Clegg each visited Stonehenge separately to highlight their role in promising to finance the long-mooted plan for a tunnel near the prehistoric monument.

Read full article Coalition parties race to claim credit for lagoon news

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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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