Owen Smith has been sacked from Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet after calling for a new EU referendum.Read the full story ›
Prof Roger Scully explains that today's opinion poll is bad news for Labour -and not just Owen Smith, as Theresa May boosts Tory support.Read the full story ›
An opinion poll suggests Welsh voters prefer Jeremy Corbyn to Owen Smith. Meanwhile, the Conservatives have cut Labour's lead in Wales.Read the full story ›
Labour leadership contender, and Pontypridd MP, Owen Smith has promised to rewrite Clause IV of the party's constitution to put tackling inequality at the heart of its mission.
Launching his bid to replace Jeremy Corbyn, Mr Smith evoked Tony Blair's "Clause IV moment" - when the former prime minister controversially amended the passage to remove its historic commitment to mass nationalisation.
The former shadow work and pensions secretary also backed Mr Corbyn's call for a war powers act to give MPs in Parliament a legal veto over any decision to go to war.
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The MP for Pontypridd discussed his Labour leadership challenge in an interview with ITV Cymru Wales, saying he has a "distinctive offer".Read the full story ›
Owen Smith has followed Chris Bryant and Nia Griffith out of the Shadow Cabinet. He said the Labour leader's team could split the party.Read the full story ›
Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Owen Smith explains why he'll be voting against air strikes on Syria. MPs will spend the day tomorrow debating David Cameron's plan to bomb ISIS targets. But the Pontypridd MP told Political Editor Adrian Masters that he's not persuaded by the Prime Minister's arguments.
The UK Government should admire and learn from Wales, Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith will claim later. In a speech to the Welsh Labour conference in Swansea, he'll announce that the Welsh Government would be given responsibility for the Work Programme, which is aimed at the long term unemployed, if Labour gains power at Westminster.
Mr Smith will also say that Labour "has got its mojo back" under Ed Miliband, who yesterday pledged a series of new powers for the Welsh Assembly if he becomes Prime Minister.
From tax avoidance to the abuse of corporate and media power an Ed Miliband led government will deliver the fair play and fair rules - the chwarae teg that people expect in Wales - and rightly expect from Labour in particular.
Ed Miliband has also been clear that a new era of partnership and respect must be rebuilt between the governments in Wales and Westminster, after the Tory War on Wales. Instead of a Tory government that sneers at Wales, we need a UK government that admires and learns from Wales. One area where we have already learned from Wales is on job creation for young people. Carwyn's government has done an infinitely better job than the Tories with our Welsh employment programmes. A UK Labour government will recognise that expertise and invest trust in Wales to do even more in future by devolving to Wales responsibility for the Work Programme - currently run from Westminster by the Department for Work and Pensions.
Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith has dismissed as "ignorance" and "smears" today's speech by Secretary of State Stephen Crabb on standards in Welsh education. Mr Crabb has accused Labour of trying to prevent debate after the Welsh Government's furious reaction to his comment in a newspaper that schools in Wales are "a bigger scandal than the NHS".
Stephen Crabb is becoming a disingenuous, smiling assassin of the reputation of our Welsh schools and hospitals. Only a few weeks ago he called on his Cabinet colleagues to mind their language about Wales, lest they create a false and damaging impression of our country with their politically motivated attacks on the Welsh NHS. Yet today he himself declared Welsh schools as ‘worse than Eastern Europe’, in ignorance of the facts and in a naked attempt to score political points ahead of the election – no matter the damage done to Wales’ reputation abroad, nor the morale of our pupils and teachers at home.
In his speech, Mr Crabb recalls his own education – like mine and the First Minister’s - in a Welsh Comprehensive, but the prescription he hints at - for the failings he falsely describes - is for Wales to go down the route of scrapping comprehensive education and creating instead autonomous academies, as in England. He fails to point out, of course, that a higher proportion of these academies are failing than of their local authority run equivalents, but that will surprise no one here in Wales: we are used to Tory Ministers smiling sweetly as they smear.
As UKIP prepares for its Welsh conference, Labour's launched a campaign aimed at highlighting what it says are UKIP's 'right-wing, Thatcherite' policies. UKIP says it'll be the main challenger in traditionally Labour-voting areas such as the South Wales Valleys.
Labour's Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith says the campaign is aimed at setting the record straight.