The 150th anniversary of the first Welsh settlers landing in Patagonia is being celebrated throughout the Chubut Province of Argentina.Read the full story ›
First Minister Carwyn Jones has arrived in Patagonia for the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the first landing by Welsh settlers in Argentina. He's met the Governor of Chubut Province, Martin Buzzi, and tonight they will attend a performance of music and dance in Puerto Madryn, founded by the Welsh as Porth Madryn on 28 July 1865.
Governor Buzzi earlier told the local newspaper El Diario de Madryn that the celebration of the Welsh pioneers evoked the issue of the Malvinas (Falklands) because it showed that the Argentine State respected the culture, religion and especially the language of immigrants.
The Welsh settlement in our lands belies the idea held by some islanders that under the Argentine flag they would not be respected.
The President of Argentina, Cristina Kirchner, who has previously compared the Welsh settlers with the Falkland Islanders, was also due to attend tonight's festivities. But she's cancelled all her engagements because she has laryngitis.
The Assembly's Presiding Officer has written to the Prime Minister demanding urgent clarification and consultation about reports that the UK Government's electronic surveillance agency, GCHQ, is no longer banned from spying on AMs.
Until last year, GCHQ extended the so-called Wilson doctrine, which forbids targeting MPs, to include members of devolved parliaments and assemblies. The doctrine is named after Harold Wilson, the Prime Minister who ruled in 1966 that the security services could not spy on MPs.
As Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales, I am responsible for safeguarding the interests of all Members and I believe that they should be afforded the same treatment and status by the United Kingdom's security services, especially in regard to communications that they may have with constituents, as parliamentarians at Westminster.
The change of policy emerged during a court case about the alleged interception of communications to and from the Green MP Caroline Lucas, Green Peer Baroness Jones of Mouscombe and the former Respect MP George Galloway. When the exemptions under the Wilson doctrine were reviewed, it was decided that it no longer applied at all to Welsh Assembly Members, Members of the Scottish Parliament and Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
The Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament and the First Minister of Scotland have also written to the Prime Minister. There's concern in Scotland that the change of policy may have legitimised spying on the 'yes' campaign during last year's independence referendum. Plaid Cymru has called on Carwyn Jones to join the protests to David Cameron. The First Minister says he is concerned by the possible infringement of AMs' privacy.
It’s completely unacceptable that any communications between members elected to the devolved administrations and the people they represent might be monitored in this way. I’d like to hear from the UK Government about why this major rule change happened and why the devolved administrations were not consulted about it.
A report by Assembly members says more can be done to boost passengers numbers on the Cardiff-Anglesey air link.Read the full story ›
When the Severn Bridges revert to public ownership in 2018, tolls could be levied in both directions, not just on the way into Wales.Read the full story ›
The Welsh Lib Dems will launch a three-point plan for the NHS. It includes making it easier to see a GP and employing more nurses.Read the full story ›
Plaid Cymru have chosen a former Big Brother contestant as a candidate in next year's Welsh Assembly elections.
Glyn Wise, who finished runner up in the 2006 series of the reality show, has been selected by the party to contest the Cardiff Central seat.
Since leaving the Big Brother house, Wise has gone on to become a TV and radio presenter.
The 27-year-old, originally from Blaenau Ffestiniog, said he hoped to "reach out" to people disillusioned with politics.
"I intend to use my knowledge of social media and the media generally to promote Plaid Cymru's message to voters" he said.
The Cardiff Central seat is currently held by Labour.
The leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats on Cardiff Council, Cllr Judith Woodman tells ITV Wales of her shock after new figures reveal some members of the authority have been in council tax arrears during the past twelve months.