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There was one bit of political gossip the First Minister was keen to stamp out during his London visit: the suggestion that he might be being lined up for a Westminster role. In the New Statesman a couple of weeks ago, Kevin Maguire wrote:
Which is exactly what Carwyn Jones said when the Western Mail's David Williamson and I asked him about the rumours during a conversation at the Welsh Government's London office. He laughed off the suggestion that he would even consider swapping the Assembly for Parliament:
First Minister Carwyn Jones says the UK and Welsh Governments have agreed to put their differences aside to work together more. He was echoing calls made by the new Welsh Secretary, David Jones. Speaking after a meeting with the Prime Minister in Downing Street this morning, the First Minister said,
Privately sources close to the First Minister say that on a personal level, he gets on with the new Welsh Secretary far better than he did with his predecessor and finds him easier to deal with.
I understand there's an intention not to criticise David Jones unduly, but to give him chance to match warm words with actions. What the Welsh Secretary does with controversial plans to change the Assembly's election system could be the first test of that approach.
At a meeting with the Prime Minister in Downing Street, First Minister Carwyn Jones called for Air Passenger Duty to be devolved. He also told David Cameron to reject plans for a new airport to be built in the Thames estuary.
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At a meeting in Downing Street, First Minister Carwyn Jones also tells David Cameron to reject plans for an airport in the Thames Estuary