I would like to thank colleagues for their support, and begin by congratulating you, Presiding Officer, on your election to your new job. You have had a baptism of fire, I think it is fair to say, and you have already shown the calmness and control which that job demands. To Ann Jones too, congratulations, we will miss you as our Labour Group Chair, but Welsh Labour’s loss will be the National Assembly’s gain.Read more
We are pleased to confirm that the Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru groups have contacted the Presiding Officer in order to recall the Assembly, and proceed with the nomination procedure for First Minister. This will allow the successful nomination of Carwyn Jones as First Minister, and the establishment of a Labour Minority Administration.Read more
Vikki Howells was elected as an Assembly Member for Cynon Valley for the first time on May 5th 2016. We asked Vikki a few questions as part of our series of interviews with new Welsh Labour Assembly Members.Read more
Following a positive few days of discussions, the negotiations between Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru representatives are now at an end, and good progress has been made. The leadership of both parties will now present the proposed way forward to members of their respective Assembly groups tomorrow morning. It is anticipated that plenary can then be recalled on Wednesday, for the nomination of First Minister.Read more
Welsh Labour today kick started their campaign for Britain to remain in the EU with a visit from Alan Johnson and the Labour IN for Britain campaign bus at a visit in Merthyr. During the visit the First Minister, Shadow Welsh Secretary and Alan Johnson spoke about the positive impact EU membership has on Wales’ economy.Read more
We have had a number of meetings today and they have been extremely useful in setting out ways of working together in the future. We are confident that we can find a way forward that will give Wales a stable government next week. We will continue to work over the weekend, and look to resume formal talks on Monday.
As it is important to take these talks through on a confidential basis, we won’t be making any more comment at this stage.
Commenting on the situation in the Assembly, Vaughan Gething AM said:
“Wednesday was not a good day for the Assembly. People who voted last week will have expected better, and will have expected to have a Government in place by now. We’re very clear that 29 seats out of 60 gives us a mandate to govern, but equally we recognise that we do not have a majority.Read more
A spokesperson for the Labour Group said,
"There are no formal talks with any parties currently and certainly not UKIP. Nathan Gill, like almost every AM, wanted to speak to the First Minister yesterday. The First Minister wasn't available so he spoke to a senior member of our group. Over the coming days we will speak to AMs from every party to ensure Wales has a stable government in the soonest timeframe possible, but there's no deal with Nathan or with UKIP as seems to have been suggested."
Welsh Labour’s Alun Davies said:
“Plaid Cymru have just fought an election campaign spending eight weeks saying they’d never do a deal with UKIP, or the Tories. They referred to UKIP as the “far right”. And yet today we’ve seen them stitching up a deal to try and form a government.Read more
Lee Waters was elected as an Assembly Member for the first time on May 5th 2016, increasing Labour's majority in the closely-fought seat of Llanelli. In the first of our series of interviews with new Welsh Labour Assembly Members, we caught up with Lee and asked him a few questions.Read more