Nick Smith

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Carwyn Jones has provided Christmas cheer in Wales this month, by tying up the Welsh government’s budget for next year and providing financial stability in Cardiff Bay.

Blog: Fighting Fuel Poverty in Wales

Carwyn Jones has provided Christmas cheer in Wales this month, by tying up the Welsh government’s budget for next year and providing financial stability in Cardiff Bay. Read more

It was 1978 when Ian Drury released the cult classic ‘What a Waste’, but it seems little has changed since then.

 

I was honoured to be elected to the Public Accounts Committee after entering parliament. Since then I have been amazed that while people’s lives and livelihoods are being blighted by the government’s ‘too far, too fast’ cuts agenda, so much public money is being wasted.

Blog: What a Waste!

It was 1978 when Ian Drury released the cult classic ‘What a Waste’, but it seems little has changed since then.   I was honoured to be elected to the... Read more

Today the Public Accounts Committee published its report on our new aircraft carriers. The report shows that the government has managed to spend an eye-watering amount of money with no carrier ready until 2020 and without the full number of planes until 2030.

 

As a member of the committee, I visited the shipbuilding yards to see the work that was being done, and was impressed by what I saw. Workers on the ground are doing well with the majority of work being done on time and budget. Unfortunately, today’s report shows how a lack of strategic thinking in Whitehall complicated the project potentially wasting billions of pounds, reducing our military capacity and potentially jeopardising national security.

Blog: What Price Our Aircraft Carriers

Today the Public Accounts Committee published its report on our new aircraft carriers. The report shows that the government has managed to spend an eye-watering amount of money with no... Read more

Last Friday the government published the UK Cyber Security Strategy setting out the threats we face and how the government plans to combat them. We should welcome this new publication as an indication that the government is taking this new threat seriously, but also point out areas where this strategy could be improved. Cyber attacks are a threat many people will not have heard of, so everybody, both within and outside government, is still getting to grips with the issue.

Blog: Tackling Cyber Attacks

Last Friday the government published the UK Cyber Security Strategy setting out the threats we face and how the government plans to combat them. We should welcome this new publication... Read more

The brave men and women who take the ultimate risks for our safety, freedom and way of life in far flung regions of the world deserve the support from their nation when they need it most. This is the basic principle behind the military covenant, an undertaking at the forefront of our minds as we prepare to remember those who have fallen defending democracy.

 

Soldiers must accept ‘unlimited liability’ in times of conflict. They are expected to leave their families for extended periods of time not knowing if they will ever come home to see them again. They are subject to combat immunity, preventing them from taking the government to civil court when injured in the line of duty. This makes society’s ‘duty of care’ to veterans particularly important, as it provides support for those injured while serving their country.

Blog: Upholding Our Side of the Military Covenant

The brave men and women who take the ultimate risks for our safety, freedom and way of life in far flung regions of the world deserve the support from their... Read more

Politics has been relegated to the second most widely discussed topic in Welsh tearooms and pubs this month. Understandably Wales’ fantastic run in the rugby world cup has been the major topic of discussion for most of us. However, there have been some important political developments too.

 

The Wales Audit Office produced a rather gloomy report on A Picture of Public Services 2011 that is compelling reading for anyone with an interest in the Welsh economy. Perhaps the most striking aspect of the report is the forecast that 21,000 public sector jobs will be lost in Wales, but if you look closer there is even worse news. The full impact of the cuts will not be felt until 2014-15.

Blog: Delayed Attack

Politics has been relegated to the second most widely discussed topic in Welsh tearooms and pubs this month. Understandably Wales’ fantastic run in the rugby world cup has been the... Read more

Support for Labour at just short of 50 per cent means Welsh Assembly Leader Carwyn Jones is heading for a majority at the coming elections in May. It’s a two-tier voting system for elections to Cardiff Bay.  I’ll be able to vote for the estimable Alun Davies at home in Blaenau Gwent, and Labour on the regional top-up list.

 

The growth in support for Labour since 2007, strengthened at the general election last year, and consolidated with a Tory government in Westminster, means Labour can be quietly confident of a working majority. 

Blog: Knife-edge races in Wales

Support for Labour at just short of 50 per cent means Welsh Assembly Leader Carwyn Jones is heading for a majority at the coming elections in May. It’s a two-tier... Read more

Since being elected to parliament I have been lucky enough to be elected to the Public Accounts Committee, responsible for overseeing government spending and identifying poor value for taxpayer’s money. Defence procurement is an area that regularly fails to achieve value for money, and today we saw a dire example of this in the case of armoured vehicles.

Blog: A Coherent Strategy for Defence Procurement

Since being elected to parliament I have been lucky enough to be elected to the Public Accounts Committee, responsible for overseeing government spending and identifying poor value for taxpayer’s money.... Read more

Chill and icy weather has not deterred Labour from hitting the campaign trail to champion the case for a better deal for the people of Wales.

 

The new year in Wales has seen a big push for a Yes vote on extra powers for the Welsh assembly in the important referendum that’ll take place on March 3rd.

Blog: No Cold Feet as Labour Hits Wintry Campaign Trail

Chill and icy weather has not deterred Labour from hitting the campaign trail to champion the case for a better deal for the people of Wales.   The new year... Read more

Wales moved closer to a successful vote on greater lawmaking powers for the Welsh assembly this month with the launch of the Yes for Wales campaign. The question will be: Do you want the assembly now to be able to make laws on all matters in the 20 subject areas it has powers for?

Blog: Yes for Wales

Wales moved closer to a successful vote on greater lawmaking powers for the Welsh assembly this month with the launch of the Yes for Wales campaign. The question will be:... Read more

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