- Labour remained the largest party following
the election, holding 29 seats. However, former Public Services and
Education Minister Leighton Andrews lost his Rhondda seat to Plaid
Cymru leader Leanne Wood.
The latest news, debates and reports from the Senedd. (Fourth Assembly stories are under 'Archive').
Detailed scrutiny of how Wales is being run. (Fourth Assembly inquiries are under 'Archive').
Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Monday, 30 May 2016
By OwenMonday, May 30, 2016Borders, Cons, EU, EU Parl, EUCOM, Foreign Affairs, FreeMove, Greece, InOutRef, Labour, Monetary Policy, PM, Trade, UKIP, WhitehallView Comments
Saturday, 28 May 2016
By OwenSaturday, May 28, 2016Conserv, Conwy, EUCOM, Independence, Independence Minutiae, NPT, Pembs, Powers, Regs, Science, Society, Swansea, Tourism, UK Law, VetsView Comments
Thursday, 26 May 2016
By OwenThursday, May 26, 2016ActTrav, BCBC, Bridgend, BridgT, Housing, Metro, PlanBCBC, Rail, Roads, SarnView Comments
|"The future Brackla Park and."|
After yesterday's look at the pedestrianisation report, there are two significant planning-related stories out of Bridgend over the last few days worth touching on.
Wednesday, 25 May 2016
By OwenWednesday, May 25, 2016Banks, BCBC, Bridgend, BridgT, Cons, Disability, HotelPub, Labour, ProfServ, Retail, RoadsView Comments
|(Pic : IComply)|
As reported in this week's Glamorgan Gazette, Bridgend Council are to discuss a much-anticipated report from Capita on the potential part de-pedestrianisation of Bridgend town centre (pdf).
Tuesday, 24 May 2016
By OwenTuesday, May 24, 2016Anglesey, Cons, Energy, EU, FirstMin, FMQs, Labour, Lesotho, Lib Dems, M4Newport, Medicine, Plaid, Refugees, SteelSOS, UKIP, Universities, WGEdView Comments
I'm trying something new for the Fifth Assembly in order to improve the depth of coverage and that's blogging First Minister's Questions (FMQs) for the first time.
Saturday, 21 May 2016
By OwenSaturday, May 21, 2016Abolish, Cardiff, Carms, Communists, Election 2016, Eng Dems, England, Greens, Independents, Ireland, Monmouth, MRLP, NPT, PFirst, TUSC, WomEPView Comments
|(Pic : BBC Wales)|
This final after action report looks at the performance of the minor parties in Wales.
Thursday, 19 May 2016
By OwenThursday, May 19, 2016Cabinet, CounGen, FirstMin, Labour, Lib Dems, WGCom, WGEcon, WGEd, WGEnv, WGFinLG, WGHealthView Comments
|(Pic : WalesOnline)|
Following Carwyn Jones' confirmation as First Minister, he announced his new government earlier this afternoon.
Wednesday, 18 May 2016
By OwenWednesday, May 18, 2016Assembly, Cons, FirstMin, Internet, Labour, Lib Dems, Plaid, Plenary, UKIPView Comments
|Back in your box, Twitter. Feeling salty?|
Normal service is resumed....sort of. The National Assembly has – as anyone with an ounce of common sense would've expected – rubber-stamped both the appointment of Carwyn Jones as First Minister and the formation of a Labour minority government.
Tuesday, 17 May 2016
Monday, 16 May 2016
Sunday, 15 May 2016
By OwenSunday, May 15, 2016Bridgend, BridgT, Buses, Conserv, KPC, Metro, NetwR, NPT, PorthC, Rail, Roads, Tourism, ValeView Comments
|Porthcawl remains one of the largest towns in Wales without a direct rail connection.|
What might it take to reintroduce the link?
(Pic : porthcawlandthegreatwar.com)
Tourist season is coming, and thousands of people from near and far will soon begin descending on the south Wales coast to take advantage of any sunny days we'll have. In Porthcawl's case it's almost certain most of them will arrive by car.
Saturday, 14 May 2016
By OwenSaturday, May 14, 2016Cardiff, Cons, Conwy, Election 2016, InOutRef, PM, SteelSOS, Swansea, Vale, WhitehallView Comments
Thursday, 12 May 2016
By OwenThursday, May 12, 2016BlaenauG, Cardiff, Carms, Election 2016, Internet, PFirst, Plaid, RCTView Comments
Wednesday, 11 May 2016
|As you can tell by Leanne's body language, she's absolutely|
thrilled to have been put forward as First Minister.
One headline today was about a man being caught on video knocked out by a clown in a circus stunt. A man was knocked out by a clown in Blackwood too.
Tuesday, 10 May 2016
By OwenTuesday, May 10, 2016BlaenauG, Election 2016, Hospitals, Labour, Medicine, RCT, SteelSOSView Comments
Monday, 9 May 2016
By OwenMonday, May 09, 2016BCBC, Bridgend, BridgT, Business, DECC, Energy, Labour, MaesT, PorthC, Roads, TCCsView Comments
|A scheme similar to the one outlined above could be coming to Bridgend.|
(Pic : Vattenfall)
With the "excitement" of the elections dying down – and ahead of the Assembly reconvening – it's time to turn attentions to some interesting items on the agenda for Bridgend Council's (BCBC) monthly cabinet meeting tomorrow afternoon.
Sunday, 8 May 2016
By OwenSunday, May 08, 2016Cons, Crime, England, HomeOff, Independents, Labour, Lib Dems, PCC2016, Plaid, Policing, UKIPView Comments
|(Pic : Daily Post)|
The results of the four Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections in Wales were revealed this afternoon.
Friday, 6 May 2016
By OwenFriday, May 06, 2016Abolish, Assembly, BlaenauG, Bridgend, Cardiff, Cons, Election 2016, Greens, Internet, Labour, LGBT, Lib Dems, Plaid, RCT, UKIP, WIssView Comments
|We now know who will fill these seats in the Fifth Assembly and,|
as expected, it takes on a purplish tinge.
(Pic : indymedia.co.uk)
After months or weeks of campaigning, the Welsh electorate (or, more accurately, those who bothered to vote) has delivered our verdict.
By OwenFriday, May 06, 2016Bridgend, ByElecWM, Cons, Labour, Lib Dems, Plaid, RCT, UK Parliament, UKIPView Comments
|(Pic : BBC Wales)|
Before turning to the National Assembly results, it's worth first covering the result of the by-election for the vacant Ogmore Westminster seat.
Wednesday, 4 May 2016
By OwenWednesday, May 04, 2016BCBC, Bridgend, Conserv, KPC, Merthyr, Mining, NPT, PlanBCBCView Comments
|Plans to restore the former Margam/Parc Slip opencast site near Kenfig Hill have stalled.|
(Pic : BBC Wales)
Update 9th June 2016 : According to a BCBC officer at a Planning Committee meeting (which you can watch here at 59:21 in), the "call in" order from the Welsh Government has been lifted - which means this post is now redundant. Some of the S106 conditions have been amended to match Neath Port Talbot's and fix some errors. It doesn't affect the decision or proposals themselves.
As promised last month, I take a break from the Assembly election to (sort of) cover a special meeting of Bridgend Council's (BCBC) Planning Committee held this afternoon.
Tuesday, 3 May 2016
By OwenTuesday, May 03, 2016Bridgend, BridgT, Cons, Election 2016, Garw, Greens, KPC, Labour, Lib Dems, MaesT, Ogwr, PCoed, Plaid, PorthC, RCT, Sarn, UKIPView Comments
|Apologies to (non Labour voting) Wales in advance....|
(Pic : Wales Online)
Monday, 2 May 2016
By OwenMonday, May 02, 2016Abolish, Cons, Election 2016, EU Parl, Greens, Labour, Lib Dems, Plaid, UKIPView Comments
|20 AMs will be elected from five regional lists and, yet again,|
the lists promise to provide some drama on Friday morning.
(Pic : BBC Wales)
Aside from a few select constituencies, the exciting stuff happens on the regional lists because it's largely unpredictable : in 2011, few people foresaw Nick Bourne's unseating or the Lib Dems retaining 4 list seats. It promises to provide most of the drama this time around with UKIP and the Greens aiming to elect AMs for the first time.
Sunday, 1 May 2016
By OwenSunday, May 01, 2016Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carms, Cons, Conwy, Denbigh, Election 2016, Greens, Independents, IWA, Labour, Lib Dems, Pembs, PFirst, Plaid, RCT, Swansea, UKIP, VapePView Comments
|Where might your vote count the most?|
(Pic : BBC Wales)