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First Minister should be questioned by MPs - Gillan

Former Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan says the First Minister of Wales should face annual questioning by Members of Parliament. She said giving MPs a chance to scrutinise the Welsh Government's plans in devolved areas like health and education would strengthen devolution.

She told a House of Lords committee suggesting that MPs and AMs could meet 'under the auspices' of the Welsh Grand committee. But in an interview with me following her appearance in the Lords she's gone further by saying that it's the First Minister who should appear before the Welsh Grand.

Ms Gillan told me it follows a precedent which already exists: the Welsh Secretary is questioned by Assembly Members on the UK Government's plans in the aftermath of the Queen's Speech. You can see more in tonight's Sharp End 1035pm ITV Cymru Wales.

Lady Thatcher 'inspired me' - Cheryl Gillan

Former Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan MP has told MPs that it was wrong to claim that Margaret Thatcher did little for other women.

She was inspiring and personally encouraging to other women. It was directly as a conversation with her that I thought I could become a Member of Parliament.

She was braver than many men. She took on the dictators -and the misogynists- and triumphed.

– Former Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan MP.


Second junior minister for Wales Office

The Liberal Democrat Baroness Jenny Randerson is to be a junior minister at the Wales Office, serving under David Jones and alongside Stephen Crabb.

I am absolutely delighted to be appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary. It is a tremendous honour and privilege to be a Welsh Liberal Democrat representative in the Coalition Government. As a former Assembly Member, Welsh Government Minister and a committed devolutionist, I am particularly looking forward to developing the working relationship between the Welsh Government and the Wales Office to ensure that we all work together to enhance the lives of the people of Wales.

– Wales Office Minister Baroness Randerson


Cheryl Gillan: David Jones will be a 'strong voice for Wales'

Former Welsh Secretary, Cheryl Gillan, has released a statement regarding today's cabinet reshuffle.

David and I have worked together for six years and he was a great

support as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State during my time as

Secretary of State and, prior to that, as a Shadow Minister in Opposition.

He is an excellent constituency MP, representing the interests of all

his constituents in Clwyd West with great vigour. I can think of no better

person to take on the mantle of Wales in the Cabinet and I wish him well.

I am confident he will carry out his new responsibilities and be a strong voice for Wales, challenging the decisions made in the Assembly andstanding up for the people of Wales in Westminster and elsewhere.

– Cheryl Gillan, MP

Clywd West MP, David Jones, has been confirmed as her replacement.

First Minister: "Working together for Wales' economy is a priority'

First Minister Carwyn Jones has told ITV Wales that working with the new Secretary of State for Wales David Jones to help Wales' economy is 'a priority'.

Although 'clearly a disagreement' between the Welsh and the UK Governments over the best way forward for the economy, he said, there will be areas where they can work together.

The First Minster also said he'd 'got on well' with Cheryl Gillan in her two years as Welsh Secretary.

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