They're often at loggerheads in the Commons, but today Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan has nothing but warm words for her departing opposite number. Speaking from Thailand where she's on a five-day trade visit, Mrs Gillan said:
Peter Hain has had a long and distinguished career covering many departments. We have shadowed each other for many years in both Wales and the Foreign Office and I shall miss him.
Despite our political differences I know we share a joint ambition of achieving the best for Wales.
I look forward to working constructively with his successor in furthering Welsh interests.
Severn Barrage wld be UK's biggest new investment project & create thousands of new jobs. This is biggest contribution I can make right now
Severn Barrage also biggest renewable energy project in Europe - time to make it a reality
Peter Hain has announced he is standing down from the Shadow Cabinet.
He says he's taken the decision to resign in order to lead a campaign in Parliament for the building of a Severn Barrage.