Opposition leader Andrew RT Davies says the 40% tax rate should be reduced if the Welsh Government gets income tax powers
The Welsh Conservatives' Shadow finance minister sets out his view of what sort of business bank Wales needs and why
Plaid Cymru's economy spokesman sets out what sort of business bank Wales needs and why
The proposals put forward by the Welsh Conservatives are for pupils to be separated into two streams - academic and vocational.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph, the Shadow Education Minister Angela Burns described the 11-plus as "unfair", and said that streaming should happen at age 14 instead.
– Angela Burns, Shadow Education Minister
I think it is time that we revisited the successful elements of Grammar schools and sought apply it to a modern Welsh system. If we did that we might again see a Wales where excellence is championed in a dual education system.
Instead of separating academic children from their more vocational counterparts, we could see the benefit of creating two equitable streams of education, one alongside the other, a dualing that begins at 14 – giving children the chance to develop important core subject skills before embarking on their chosen path.
Wales' last grammar school closed in 1988 - there are 164 remaining in England.
Welsh Tories have shown that they are serious about improving social mobility. Grammar & voc schs would enable working class kids to compete
The Welsh Conservatives have called for the reintroduction of grammar schools to the education system here in Wales. They've told tomorrow's Daily Telegraph that grammar schools were the 'purveyor of success' and that 'we want those elements back.'
But the Welsh Tories are ruling out the return of the eleven-plus exam, saying 'selection at 11 was wrong and is still wrong.' Instead they'd introduce academic and vocational streaming from 14. They'd also want vocational skills to have 'equal weighting' to academic skills.
It's a move certain to appeal to traditional Conservative voters but the party at a UK level has been opposed to opening any new grammar schools since David Cameron pushed through that policy in 2007.
A senior Welsh Conservative is warning his party's leadership that traditional supporters are turning to UKIP because of concerns about the Assembly gaining further powers.
In an interview with ITV Cymru Wales, Newport Councillor David Fouweather says the Tories' poor result on Anglesey, in which they came fourth behind UKIP, should be a wake-up call. He says many Conservative supporters in Wales feel their concerns about devolution aren't recognised.
And he says the party leadership needs to 'return to Conservative values' or risk losing seats in the Assembly and European elections.
– Cllr David Fouweather, Conservative, Newport council
We have a problem with UKIP and it needs to be addressed. UKIP, I believe, are attracting our support. They're attracting those Conservatives who are anti-Assembly, who are anti-Europe and they're giving those people an opportunity to vote.
Former Welsh Conservative leader @nick__bourne is to become a peer.
A senior Welsh Conservative source says it's 'regrettable' that negotiations between the UK and Welsh Governments on borrowing powers for the Welsh Government weren't concluded before the Chancellor's spending review
In his speech, George Osborne said he would make an announcement on 'impressive' plans for an M4 relief road shortly. It's thought those plans are linked to Welsh Government borrowing powers as recommended by the first report of the Silk Commission.
The UK Government's response to the Silk Commission report was due in the spring but has been delayed while talks continue between the Treasury and the Welsh Government. The source said:
Funding mechanisms are always complex, but it is regrettable that Silk 1 couldn’t be sorted prior to the CSR. We remain firm in the view that Silk 1 must be implemented in full and will continue to campaign for it and an M4 relief road.
@adrianmasters84 they should discuss improving the A55 first
@adrianmasters84 What about early abolition of the tolls too? The tolls are an economic as well as physical blockage into Wales!
Conservative MPs and AMs have met business leaders to push the case for a major upgrade to the M4 motorway around Newport. They held a mini summit at Magor Service station to ensure the UK Government gets the message that an upgrade is long overdue.
Wales Office minister Stephen Crabb represented the government and told those at the meeting that the message was being heard loud and clear at the highest levels in Westminster.
It's thought an announcement could come within the next week or so on a deal between the UK and Welsh Governments on a way to fund significant improvements to the stretch of motorway.
The Education Minister should consider his position in the cabinet because of his involvement in a campaign on A&E services in South Wales, according to the leader of the Opposition. But Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies stopped short of saying that Leighton Andrews SHOULD resign.
His comments follow the revelation that Labour politicians fighting to protect services at the Royal Glamorgan hospital in Llantrisant had been told not to use the party's name in the campaign. As Rhondda AM, Leighton Andrews, is the most prominent of those involved in the campaign.
The First Minister insists that Mr Andrews has not overstepped the mark in his involvement but Andrew RT Davies says the Education Minister should consider whether or not he can continue to battle for his constituents' interests whilst remaining in the cabinet.
– Andrew RT Davies, leader of the Opposition
From what I understand it would be quite difficult for him to continue in the cabinet given what he's said over the first two weeks of this campaign.
The Welsh Conservatives are describing Carwyn Jones' comments about a campaign group in support of A&E services at Llantrisant's Royal Glamorgan hospital as a 'slap-down' to Labour politicians involved. The party's Shadow Health Minister said:
– Darren Millar AM, Shadow Health MInister
This unprecedented slap down is more proof that the Labour Party is falling apart on the NHS.
Carwyn Jones has not only tightened the leash on his Education Minister, he’s strapped on a muzzle and forcibly caged him.
The campaign and its shroud-waving clearly show that Carwyn Jones’ government is in complete turmoil on NHS reform.