Owen Smith and Carwyn Jones have held their first meeting since Mr Smith's appointment as the Shadow Welsh Secretary. Afterwards they gave a joint interview outside the Senedd. Mr Smith said they were old friends with similar views and he was looking forward to a 'productive powerful partnership'.
Pontypridd MP Owen Smith has been confirmed as the new Shadow Welsh Secretary. He replaces Peter Hain who confirmed yesterday that he was stepping down from the role in order to campaign for a Severn Barrage.
Mr Smith will be giving his first TV interview in Wales Tonight at 6pm
It now seems unlikely that there'll be a new Shadow Welsh Secretary announced today. I'm told 'non-Wales-related delays' have put Ed Miliband's reshuffle announcements back until tomorrow or possibly even Wednesday.
The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones has just paid this tribute to Peter Hain:
Peter's has a played an important and prominent role in Welsh political life for many years. I'm sure whatever role Peter chooses to pursue awayfrom the Frontbench at Westminster, he will bring to it his great skills as a communicator and campaigner. I wish him all the very best for the future.