Welsh Labour in Llandudno 2022

George Thomas, Siân Jones and Dafydd Rees in SEC Newgate’s Wales team were at Welsh Labour’s annual conference in Llandudno at the weekend. Below, they each give their impressions of Welsh Labour’s first face-to-face conference since the start of the pandemic. George Thomas Despite the disappointment of the Wales Rugby Team coming just short of…

What’s in store for Wales in 2022?

By Siân Jones Last week, SEC Newgate hosted an online panel discussion reviewing the key political and economic developments in Wales over the past year and looking ahead to what’s in store for 2022. The panel comprised Huw Irranca-Davies MS, Labour Member of the Senedd for Ogmore, Ian Price, Director of CBI Wales, Valerie Livingston, political…

Will Labour and Plaid’s deal leave the Conservatives out in the cold?

By Siân Jones As Westminster watchers were preoccupied with Boris Johnson and Peppa Pig, the Welsh political landscape underwent a quiet re-calibration this week. It was announced on Monday that Plaid Cymru and Welsh Labour had finally reached an agreement on cross-party working after two months of talks. The deal is planned to take effect from 1…

Let all the world in every corner sing?

By Siân Jones ‘Just two more Sundays’, said a church-going friend hopefully to me after the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday. For fifteen months, churchgoers across the UK have sat through church services, desperate to let rip with a hearty rendition of ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’. Now, with the end of most Covid restrictions…

Where now for Wales? Senedd Elections 2021 and beyond

By Sian Jones By any measure, this was a remarkable result for Welsh Labour. After 22 years in power in Cardiff Bay, they equalled their best-ever Senedd performance, winning half of the Senedd’s 60 seats. The incumbency effect that benefited governments across the UK in last Thursday’s elections was much in evidence as voters decided…

Drakeford’s vaccine shambles

By Siân Jones When Wales’ First Minister, Mark Drakeford, let slip at the end of a drawn-out press conference last Friday that he was deliberately holding back supplies of the Pfizer vaccine so it would last until the first week of February, the media were incredulous. Why was the Welsh Government more concerned about keeping…

Two-week national lockdown imposed in Wales

By Sian Jones Lockdown, not lockstep, was the order of the day when Wales’ First Minister, Mark Drakeford, announced a two-week national shutdown in Wales – a policy thus far rejected by Boris Johnson’s Westminster Government.  Apparently anxious to create a clear dividing line with not just the policies, but the language, of his UK…

Letter from… Cardiff

By Sian Jones As Wales enjoys a final flourish of late summer weather, it feels almost inconceivable that a second coronavirus lockdown could soon be on the horizon. Yet that’s exactly what the Welsh Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, announced this week, as face masks finally became mandatory in Welsh shops and Wales’ own version of…