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

The last Welsh Questions as MPs say their farewells

It may be an overstatement to call it the end of an era but today saw the last Welsh Questions in the House of Commons before the general election.

Some of the arguments may have been a dress rehearsal for the official election campaign but it was also a bit of a "leaving do" for the eight MPs from Wales who are standing down in May.

There were warm words from Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb: "All eight have served their constituencies with distinction and played a vital role in making the case for Wales, as I know they will continue to do outside this house. We wish them all the very best."

His deputy Alun Cairns joined in the tributes to the departing Elfyn Llwyd: "With permission Mr Speaker, a gaf i dalu teyrnged i'r aelod gwir anrhydeddus? I would like to pay tribute to the right hon. Gentleman for his service in this House over many years, and for the way in which he has led his party here."

Plaid Cymru's parliamentary leader was touched: "Diolch i'r gweinidog am ei eiriau caredig. I will help Hansard with the spelling later."

'Election slogans'

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St David's Day celebrations continue at Westminster

John Bercow with children from the London Welsh School
Speaker John Bercow takes delivery of his St David's Day daffodils

St David's Day is a long time in Welsh politics. It may be March 3, but Speaker John Bercow was delighted to take delivery of a bunch of daffodils from children at the London Welsh School.

The pupils sang a couple of songs at the door of Speaker's House and were praised by Mr Bercow for their "lusty" rendition. He also offered them some advice on how to use their diaphragm (while admitting "I can't sing").

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Prime Minister and land of his great-great-grandfathers

He may describe himself as "an English lad" but David Cameron is qualified to play for Wales.

The prime minister hosted a Downing Street reception to mark St David's Day this evening with a speech reflecting on his Welsh ancestors.

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Another twist in St David's Day powers saga

Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb
A lot on his plate: Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb at Peter's Pies in Caerphilly

Just one more sleep. Tomorrow the UK government's plans to transfer more powers to Wales should become clearer.

Four months ago, Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb set out to find a cross-party consensus on "a blueprint for change to the way Wales is governed". by St David's Day.

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Could funding deal hinge on Barnett formula twist?

Lord Barnett
The late Lord Barnett - the inspiration behind the "Barnett floor"

It sounds like an exercise my physio might prescribe for my long-term ergonomic plan but the "Barnett floor" could be the phrase on the lips of Welsh political anoraks this Friday.

It appears to be the basis of the funding offer made by the UK government to Welsh ministers for the St David's Day agreement expected on Friday.

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Funding offer on agenda as St David's deadline nears

As the clock ticks towards St David's Day, any cross-party agreement on the future of Welsh devolution is far from signed, sealed and delivered.

Different political parties - who were themselves players in the process - have already begun to voice their dissatisfaction with it, pointing fingers of blame at their political opponents.

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A historic week in Wales: a few things to look out for

David Cameron and Nick Clegg
David Cameron and Nick Clegg are expected to discuss Welsh devolution

Another "historic" week beckons in Welsh politics with the imminent arrival of the St David's Day agreement.

David Cameron and Nick Clegg are expected to discuss the details this afternoon. It's expected to be the biggest transfer of powers since the last one. So what should we look out for?

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Lib Dem Welsh election pledge: read all about it

With 84 days to go, you're probably wondering when election manifestos will be replacing Valentine's Day cards and Easter eggs on the shelves of your local supermarket.

The Welsh Lib Dems' manifesto cover
The cover of the Welsh Liberal Democrats' 2015 manifesto

The official election campaign may still be some weeks away, but the Liberal Democrats have today tried to fill the void in your life by publishing the front page of their manifesto.

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Former Welsh Secretaries debate EVEL plans for England

Leader of the House of Commons William Hague
William Hague makes his point about "English votes for English laws".

I had an e-mail from William Hague yesterday. Which was nice.

Did he want to congratulate me on my coverage of his impending move to Wales? To ask for advice on local hostelries?

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Paul Murphy: an unusual 21st century politician

Paul Murphy
Paul Murphy says it is time for a 'younger person to carry the Labour flag in our valley'

World Cup fever was sweeping London. Would Beckham's metatarsal recover in time? Could Sven end 36 years of hurt?

Not everyone was swept up in the fervour. "Why?" asked the secretary of state for Wales, "are people flying flags of St George from their cars?" An adviser explained patiently.

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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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