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  1. Adrian Masters

Welsh Conservatives 'agree deal' with Welsh Government over suspending standing orders

It appears the Welsh Government may have done enough to avoid a recall of the Assembly.

The Welsh Government wants to suspend Assembly standing orders so it can OK council tax benefit rules without the required vote but it needs a two thirds majority.

Last night, Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats were hostile and wanted Assembly recall. The Tories were split, with leadership favouring a deal.

This morning, the Welsh Conservatives say that discussions are continuing although I understand they have agreed a deal with Welsh Government.

Plaid is now willing to support the Welsh Government if the Local Government Minister assures them AMs will be able to review and change council tax benefit rules later.

Without that assurance, Plaid will vote against the Welsh Government's move to suspend standing orders.