1. ITV Report

Sharp End 3 February 2014

Our attention ranges from home to abroad and back again in this week's programme.

Calls for more joined up government are nothing new. The old Welsh Office promised a by-pass for Llanymynech, where the main road between Wrexham and mid-Wales crosses the Powys-Shropshire border. It was an easy promise as the by-pass would be in England, leaving the Department of Transport to pick up the bill. But ministers there spotted an easy economy measure -and cancelled a project that would mostly benefit Wales. That was nearly twenty years ago, so we sent Owain Phillips to see what's happened since.

Wrexham MP Ian Lucas has just returned from Lebanon where he joined a cross-party group of MPs to see the plight of Syrian refugees there. It's very bleak for desperate people living in desperate conditions in a makeshift camp contending with the lack of basic amenities, very cold weather and a worsening security situation in Lebanon itself. Ian Lucas, who's Shadow Middle East minister has been telling me about his experiences.

Back home, two of my guests, Labour AM Julie Morgan and Plaid Cymru AM Lindsay Whittle have long campaigned for a ban on smacking and one of them, Lindsay Whittle, is making another attempt to introduce it into law in the Assembly this week.

They're joined in the studio by someone who'll bring a different perspective on these political questions, the property developer and social entrepreneur Kevin Green of Secret Millionaire fame.

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