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Resolve needed to defeat terrorists says Crabb

The Welsh Secretary says the attacks in Paris 'remind us of the need for resolve' to defeat terrorism.

He says 'determined action' is needed and says parliament should back the Prime Minister's plans for military action against ISIS targets in Syria.

In an interview with Political Editor Adrian Masters, Stephen Crabb talks of his personal and family links with France and his own concerns about their safety during the attacks last Friday.


Hundreds from Wales visit London to see Indian Prime Minister

Narendra Modi has been in office since May 2014 Credit: PA

Hundreds of members of the Welsh Indian community travelled to London for the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Modi's three-day visit culminated in a rally and firework display at Wembley Stadium, where a reception of 60,000 supporters was expected to attend.

But his visit has been seen as controversial by some.

David Wood reports:

HMRC hopes most Welsh workers will stay with the service

HMRC says it hopes as many Welsh workers as possible will continue to work within the service.

It comes as HMRC announces that it will close all four offices in Wales and open a new regional centre in Cardiff, employing up to 3,800 people.

Jonathan Lloyd White is a Director at HMRC told Political Editor Adrian Masters that he realises the news will be worrying to employees.


Welsh Government slams HMRC 'double whammy'

The Welsh Government says the Prime Minister should do 'everything in his power to avoid compulsory redundancies' in HMRC offices in Wales.

A spokesman criticised HMRC for causing uncertainty and affecting areas such as Porthmadog which will see its office close.

The First Minister wrote to the Prime Minister last year expressing serious concern when HMRC announced its decision to close its offices in Carmarthen, Colwyn Bay, Merthyr Tydfil and Pembroke Dock last year, with the loss of over 100 good quality jobs.

This is now a double whammy, and as well as the uncertainty caused for staff, it will have a disproportionate effect in an area such as Porthmadog. We will be calling on the Prime Minister to do everything in his power to avoid compulsory redundancies.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

Local councils in South Wales to bid for 'City Deal' boost

The proposal, which would be centred on Cardiff, is the first in Wales. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales News

Ten local councils in South East Wales will bid to be part of a UK Government scheme which could see hundreds of million pounds spent on boosting the economy of the area.

The proposal, which would be centred on Cardiff, is the first in Wales.

Similar City Deals are already being introduced across England.

The Welsh Government says it will support the bid with more than half a billion pounds of funding for transport and other big schemes.

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Plaid 'stitch-up' claim over devolution talks

Jonathan Edwards MP requested minutes of the devolution talks

A refusal to publish the minutes of cross-party talks on Welsh devolution is a 'Westminster stitch-up' according to a Plaid Cymru MP.

Jonathan Edwards made his comments after being refused access to the record of discussions held at the beginning of the year by the Welsh Secretary which are often referred to as the 'St. David's Day Agreement.'

However his attack has been criticised by the UK Government which says that Plaid Cymru had signed up to the consensus reached during the process.

The talks and the subsequent blueprint published by David Cameron and Nick Clegg have formed the basis of the UK Government's draft Wales Bill which will change the powers of the Welsh Government and the National Assembly.

Jonathan Edwards tabled a written question asking to see the minutes and has criticised the refusal of the Welsh Secretary to publish them:

There are gaping holes in the draft Wales Bill, ranging from the devolution of Network Rail functions and funding; devolution of policing; the appointment of a Welsh Crown Estates Commissioner; devolution of S4C; review of devolution of criminal justice.

The refusal of the Secretary of State to publish minutes of the meeting smacks of another back room Westminster stitch-up between the Tories and the Labour Party.

Plaid Cymru will be tabling amendments to the Bill to ensure that the people of Wales get the democracy and accountable government they deserve and we will continue to challenge the unionist parties to put their tribal politics to one side and act in the Welsh national interest in improving this crucial Bill.

– Jonathan Edwards MP, Plaid Cymru

This is the response from the Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb to Jonathan Edwards' Written Parliamentary Question:

I held a large number of meetings as part of the St David’s Day process. These included meetings with the parliamentary representatives of the four main political parties in Wales to identify which Silk Commission recommendations had political consensus to be taken forward. It was agreed that discussions at these meetings would remain confidential, and the Government has no plans to publish minutes.

– Written Answer by Stephen Crabb MP, Welsh Secretary

But a Wales Office source points out that Plaid Cymru took part in the St. David's Day process.

Plaid Cymru played a full part in the St. David's Day Agreement and signed up to the political consensus that underpinned it. They cannot now pretend to have no idea how that consensus was reached.

– Wales Office source
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