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Wales and John McDonnell’s ‘radical federal UK’

Wales and John McDonnell’s ‘radical federal UK’ As John McDonnell calls for a ‘radical federal UK’ in order to strengthen Labour’s position in Scotland, Nye Davies explores the implications for Wales and the tensions arising from different strands of the party. Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has called for a “radical federal” UK in a recent interview with The Herald, marking a change of policy for the Labour Party. McDonnell’s calls have come amid renewed talk of a potential second referendum on Scottish independence and Labour’s attempt to win back supporters in Scotland in light of the party falling further...

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Welsh Radicalism: The political traditions of David Lloyd George and Aneurin Bevan

Welsh Radicalism: The political traditions of David Lloyd George and Aneurin Bevan This year marks the 100th anniversary of David Lloyd George becoming the British Prime Minister. His legacy includes the disestablishment of the Church of Wales, his role during the First World War and his welfare reforms. He is still the only Welsh person to be Prime Minister. Next year will mark another milestone for a Welsh political giant. On November 15th it will be 120 years since the birth of Aneurin Bevan, the Minister of Health who launched the NHS, leader of the left of the Labour...

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What does the Autumn Statement mean for the Welsh Government budget? – Guto Ifan

What does the Autumn Statement mean for the Welsh Government budget? – Guto Ifan This article was written by Guto Ifan. Guto joined the Wales Governance Centre at Cardiff University as a research assistant on the Government Expenditure and Revenue Wales (GERW) project, estimating and analysing Wales’€™ fiscal position. The Autumn Statement will have left many onlookers in Wales feeling slightly underwhelmed. A year ago, the then-Chancellor George Osborne brashly announced an “historic” funding floor and the scrapping of the referendum requirement for income tax devolution. This time around, in line with the less flamboyant style of the new...

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Elwyn Davies: how the media got away with it

Elwyn Davies: how the media got away with it This article was written by Nye Davies and Steffan Evans The mysterious Elwyn Davies has suddenly become one of Wales’ most popular politicians (at the time of writing there are 3 parody Twitter accounts in existence, a sure sign that you’ve made it). The most recent Welsh Election Study data has revealed that Elwyn Davies was the second most recognised Welsh MEP behind UKIP’s Nathan Gill. The problem is – he doesn’t exist. A politician who doesn’t exist is the second most recognised MEP in Wales. It isn’t encouraging. These...

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Housing law and the jurisdiction

Housing law and the jurisdiction Friday November 5th saw one of the first legal cases brought before the courts under the Housing (Wales) Act 2014, Tovey v Rent Smart Wales. Some of you may have read my blog yesterday over at the Welsh Housing Quarterly on the case. The blog discussed some disturbing information that came to light during proceedings. Under the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 all landlords in Wales must register with Rent Smart Wales, whilst every landlord that wishes to carry out a landlord function must apply for a Landlord Licence. It has become apparent however that,...

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