After Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb attacked Labour over standards in Welsh schools, the Conservatives are being accused by the Liberal Democrats of threatening education in Wales. Cardiff Central MP Jenny Willott, who has stepped down as a Lib Dem minister in the Westminster coalition, claims that the Tories are planning to "slash education spending in England", which would lead to an equivalent cut in the Welsh Government's funding.
The Westminster Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, has said that she is "absolutely fighting" for the schools budget in England to be protected if the Conservatives form the next government. First Minister Carwyn Jones has committed Labour to increasing Welsh school budgets by an extra 1% every year until the funding gap with schools in England is closed.
The Lib Dems are arguing for the education budget in both countries to be protected "from cradle to college". The Welsh Secretary's claim that Labour's record on education in Wales is "a much bigger scandal" than its running of the NHS was dismissed by a spokesman for Education Minister Huw Lewis as "the latest salvo in the war on Wales .... putting Welsh teachers and pupils in the firing line".
The Liberal Democrats' party president, Tim Farron, has praised Cardiff Central MP Jenny Willott. Ms Willott resigned from the UK Coalition government to focus on issues affecting her constituency.
She's defended herself against accusations from her Labour opponents that she's 'neglected' her constituency. And she won the backing of Tim Farron on twitter.
One of Jenny Willott's challengers in her Cardiff Central constituency has called her resignation from government a 'shameful admission' that the Liberal Democrat MP has 'neglected her constituency.'
Ms Willott says she's stepping down from her job as Assistant Whip to focus on her constituency. Labour's parliamentary candidate, Jo Stevens, said:
The Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader, Nick Clegg, says he hopes to see Jenny Willott back in government after next year's General Election. The Cardiff Central MP has stepped down as Assistant Whip in order to concentrate on her constituency.
In his reply to her resignation letter, Mr Clegg thanks Ms Willott for a 'fantastic job' in government.
Jenny Willott has quit as Assistant Government Whip to concentrate on her constituency MP role, it has been confirmed.
Ms Willott, who moved to Cardiff 14 years ago, is the Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central.
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg said he understands her decision, while Welsh Secretary and fellow MP Stephen Crabb said he would be sorry to see her leave.
Cardiff Central MP Jenny Willott will become the first Liberal Democrat woman to sit at the cabinet table today.
Although she does not have full cabinet minister rank, the 39 year old will take her seat alongside new women's minister, Tory MP Nicky Morgan, to make a presentation on coalition efforts to close the gender pay gap.
In her new role, Ms Willott will promote more family-friendly workplaces and tackle issues around discrimination. She will attend cabinet when issues related to shared parental leave and workplace rights are on the agenda.
Ms Willott said: "This is a really exciting opportunity to tackle an issue I'm passionate about at the very heart of government.
"I'm looking forward to sitting around the cabinet table to promote longstanding Liberal Democrat priorities such as making workplaces more family-friendly and closing the gender pay gap."
Welsh Lib Dem MP and Government Whip Jenny Willott says her Cardiff Central constituents will benefit from the Budget.