New Shadow Welsh Secretary

Pontypridd MP, Owen Smith is favourite to replace Peter Hain as Shadow Welsh Secretary as he steps down to lead a campaign in Parliament for the building of a Severn Barrage.

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'I shall miss him' - Cheryl Gillan on Hain's resignation

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.

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Hain: 'Time to make Severn Barrage a reality'

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Severn Barrage wld be UK's biggest new investment project & create thousands of new jobs. This is biggest contribution I can make right now

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Severn Barrage also biggest renewable energy project in Europe - time to make it a reality

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