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Pontypridd MP Owen Smith returns to shadow cabinet

Pontypridd MP Owen Smith attempted to oust Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in 2016 Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Jeremy Corbyn's former leadership rival Owen Smith has returned to the shadow cabinet.

The Labour leader brought back the man who attempted to oust him in 2016 as he began putting together a "strengthened shadow cabinet" following the General Election.

The Pontypridd MP will serve under Mr Corbyn as shadow Northern Ireland secretary.


Aberconwy MP Guto Bebb keeps his job

Aberconwy MP Guto Bebb is to continue in his role as ales Office Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State. Credit: ITV News

Aberconwy MP Guto Bebb has kept his job as Wales Office Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State.

The continuation of his appointment has been confirmed by Downing Street today.

Also today Dwyfor Meirionnydd MP, Liz Saville Roberts, has been elected Plaid Cymru's leader at Westminster.

Ms Saville-Roberts became Plaid Cymru's first ever female MP in 2015.

Carwyn Jones urges Theresa May to rethink 'hard' Brexit

The First Minister said the UK Government must realise it has 'four governments to deal with' when it comes to Brexit and warns it 'cannot carry on as before'.

Carwyn Jones has written to Theresa May saying that with no mandate, she should stop fighting his plans for keeping a close relationship with the EU.

Watch Owain Phillips' report followed by an interview with the First Minister on Wales at Six:

National Assembly to be renamed Welsh Parliament under new law

Legislation is to be put forward to change the name of the National Assembly for Wales as the Welsh Parliament/Senedd Cymru.

The Assembly Commission says it has agreed to legislate to rename it, following a unanimous Assembly vote in July 2016, before the end of this Assembly to a name 'which reflects the institution's constitutional status as a national parliament'.

61% of 2,821 respondents agreed or strongly agreed the Assembly should change its name.

Believed the name that best described the institution's role was Welsh Parliament/Senedd Cymru

A new name for the Assembly will also mean a name change for its members. Despite 30% of people voting for Member of the Welsh Parliament (MWP), the Assembly Commission said members would be known as Welsh Parliament Members (WPM)/Aelodau o Senedd Cymru(ASC)

The change will be taken forward as part of a wider programme of reforms being considered following the transfer of the relevant powers by the Wales Act 2017.

The Llywydd of the National Assembly for Wales, Elin Jones AM, said it's hoped the change will 'play a part in ensuring that more people fully understand the powers of the Assembly and the role it plays in their lives'.

Brexit minister David Jones loses job in cabinet reshuffle

David Jones MP Credit: PA

Clwyd West MP David Jones has lost his role as Brexit minister in Theresa May's cabinet reshuffle.

Rt Hon Baroness Anelay DBE has instead been appointed to the role.

It follows the UK General Election on June 8, which resulted in a hung parliament.

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