Wed 1st Oct 14 - 05:15

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have secured a £223m two year budget deal that prioritises the futures of our children and young people, and helps to ensure opportunity for all from cradle to college. In exchange for allowing the Welsh Government's budget to pass, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have secured: • An increase in the Pupil Deprivation Grant: in 2015/16 each school will receive £1,050 for every pupil eligible to receive free schools meals, increasing to £1,150 for 2016/17; • the Pupil Deprivation Grant will be extended to under 5s, worth £300 per pupil on free school meals; • a 'Youth Travellers Concessionary Fare ...

Wed 1st Oct 14 - 00:42

Fifty years ago this month, James Griffiths became the first Secretary of State for Wales in Harold Wilson's first government.

Tue 30th Sep 14 - 15:59

I love party conferences. Everybody is so over-the-top that reality and real life gets forgotten for a few days. Well at least as far as the attendees are concerned. This applies most to Ministers and full-time politicians as is evidenced by Theresa May's repeat gung-ho performance and her misrepresentation of the Liberal Democrats position on the communications data bill. The Guardian has the rebuttal: The Lib Dems have accused Theresa May of peddling "misinformation" about their opposition to the communications data bill. This is from a party spokesman. We utterly reject the allegation that the blocking of the communications data ...

Tue 30th Sep 14 - 13:25

Now we have the answer to the question I posed yesterday. Ms May used the "weapons of mass destruction" argument to assert the need for even more draconian laws affecting civil rights. It is no wonder that David Davis, a long-standing supporter of civil liberty, broke ranks to give a TV interview warning against such legislation. Incidentally, this points up a difference between Liberal Democrat Conference and the annual Conservative rally. David Davis had to go outside the conference centre to make his views public. When Liberal Democrat ministers put forward policies which go against the grain of party feeling, ...