The strange death of coalition Britain

This is an article for the Institute of Welsh Affairs website


For those of us who have been in politics for a long time, May 7 was like Dejá Vu all over again.

In 1992 the country had been spooked by the thought of a coalition government and in the last few days had decided they would rather keep the devil they knew. On Thursday it seemed that the last minute rush for the safety of majority government happened in the final 24 hours and took all of us by surprise.

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Cuts to local further education colleges will undermine skills agenda

This is an article for Seaside News

Recent announcements of severe cuts to courses and compulsory redundancies for staff in further education colleges will undermine the Welsh Government’s own skills agenda and leave many people with fewer employment options

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Response to Welsh Government White Paper

This is my response to the Welsh Government's White Paper Reforming Local Government: Power to Local People

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A strong economy and a fairer society

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post

The Liberal Democrats are the only UK party that has said that fair funding for Wales will be a manifesto commitment. 

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Safe Standing at football grounds should be an option Seaside News

This is an article for Seaside News

In August last year, the Liberal Democrats announced that a plan to allow football clubs to work with their supporters to introduce safe standing areas would appear in their 2015 general election manifesto.

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Helping the low paid

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post and the Glamorgan Gazette

One of the features of the recent budget is that working people in Wales will benefit from a £905 income tax cut by 2018, thanks to a flagship Liberal Democrat Budget policy.

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Merger rejection underlines disrespect for local decision making

The decision by the Public Services Minister to reject the bid by Bridgend Council to voluntarily merge with the Vale of Glamorgan was a major disappointment. If we are to join together councils in this way then this is a natural coupling.

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Safe Standing at football grounds should be an option

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post and Glamorgan Gazette

In August last year, the Liberal Democrats announced that a plan to allow football clubs to work with their supporters to introduce safe standing areas would appear in their 2015 general election manifesto.

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Welfare - to devolve or not to devolve

This is an article for the Institute of Welsh Affairs Click on Wales blog

The devolution of welfare provision to the Welsh Government does not have an auspicious history. One of the more successful attempts in 2003 was the creation of the Supporting People Grant and Supporting People Revenue Grant to accredited support providers

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£250 million deal will help safeguard our post offices Seaside News

This is an article for Seaside News

 

A crucial lifeline has been thrown to post offices in Bridgend thanks to a Government contract unveiled by Liberal Democrat pensions’ minister, Steve Webb.

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