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Services are better delivered locally say Tories

The Welsh Conservatives' Shadow Local Government minister, Janet Finch-Saunders has welcomed the Williams Commission report which calls for a cut in the number of local councils here in Wales.

What matters to the vast majority of hardworking families is not the intricate structures of local government, but knowing that services will be delivered in an efficient and cost effective way.

We believe that public services are best delivered locally so taxpayers can hold local representatives to account for what happens in their community.

We welcome the publication of this much-anticipated report, which now paves the way for the Welsh Labour Government and the First Minister to promptly set out their proposals to end this period of limbo and uncertainty in local government.

– Janet Finch-Saunders, Welsh Conservatives

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Senior Welsh Tories fail to hide their differences

David Jones today used his speech at the Conservative Party Conference to criticise Labour for failing to use devolution effectively to deal with Wales' problems.

The Welsh Secretary called on ministers to work more closely with the UK Government.

Meanwhile, Andrew RT Davies has questioned the future of the Secretary of State's role.

Tory leader questions Wales Office future

The Welsh Conservative leader has called for a debate on abolishing the Wales Office. Andrew RT Davies says creating a powerful 'Department of the Nations' could give Wales a stronger voice in Westminster than the current set-up.

It's being seen as a veiled criticism of the present Wales Office which is led by a Conservative Secretary of State. Andrew RT Davies says change could prevent Wales being 'marginalised' at a UK level.

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Prime Minister refuses to be drawn on Silk report

The Prime Minister has refused to say when there'll be a decision on giving the Welsh Government some tax and borrowing powers. A decision had been expected last Spring but David Cameron says there is now no date planned.

The Tory leader has also repeated his criticism of the Welsh Government's handling of the health service. He's been speaking to our Political Editor Adrian Masters.

Never dismiss Tory activists says Welsh party leader

Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies has said that 'no-one, but no-one should ever forget' the valuable work activists do for the party. He was responding to reports that a senior aide to the Prime Minister called grassroots Tories 'swivel-eyed loons.'

The Assembly Opposition leader praised 'all the members...who work tirelessly on behalf of our party' and said he not only appreciates the work they do but classes himself as one of them, adding that 'the only I way I sit here is because of their work.'

Tory leader admits Anglesey performance 'not good enough'

Opposition leader Andrew RT Davies has admitted that his party's performance in last week's council elections on Anglesey was 'not good enough.' Conservatives failed to win any seat and picked up just 6% of the vote, behind UKIP which achieved 7%.

Mr Davies said that 'we failed to communicate with the electorate' and that it was 'not good enough' just to have candidates in the field. He said the party would learn from that and added that 'We know where our fault lines lie and they'll be ruthlessly - and I mean ruthlessly - sorted out.'

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