Ten Key Themes from new Welsh Government Appointments

Creating a new government is the most defining thing that a First Minister can do. It is also a vital first step in indicating the direction of a government. So now that Mark Drakeford has created his first administration, we can summarise ten key themes from his appointments: Continuity: Very few new ministers have entered government, this is very much a continuity government in which his most trusted and experience allies have been rewarded. Loyalty: Mark Drakeford is known as a loyal politician and he respects that quality in others. He has rewarded a number of loyal allies during the election campaign – Ken Skates, Lesley Griffiths, Rebecca Evans and… Read More

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The Mark of the Man

The election of Mark Drakeford as Welsh Labour leader brings to a conclusion the longest contest in Welsh political history. It was also arguably the most predictable contest. At no point did Drakeford ever look like anything other than the eventual winner. His sincerity, industriousness and decency made him not just the most appealing candidate for his fellow AMs but also the stand out choice for the party membership as a whole. Awaiting Mark when he becomes First Minister next Wednesday are a series of fundamental but difficult challenges. On a policy level, top of the in-tray is the M4 Relief Road. Carwyn Jones had wanted to be the person… Read More

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The Half Way Line

The mid point of the fifth National Assembly for Wales is here and Positif is using this opportunity to stage a discussion session for clients and other interested parties on what the next two and a half years will look like for politics in Wales. Hosted by the Positif team, the event will have two main focuses: What the next two and a half years of Labour government will look like, including insight into the Labour leadership election. Discussions with Paul Davies AM, Welsh Conservatives, and Helen Mary Jones AM, Plaid Cymru, on their party priorities and challenges over the same period. We invite you to join us at Coffi… Read More

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Positif Thinking: Social Prescribing – From Concept to Prescription

Social Prescribing – From Concept to Prescription Tuesday 12th June 2018 6pm – 8pm Culture and Media Centre, Loudoun Square (CMC@Loudoun), Butetown, Cardiff CF10 5HW Positif Thinking, a termly discussion forum on politics and policy in Wales, is pleased to offer our latest free event in this series which is open to everyone. Join us at our seminar where Future Generations Commissioner Sophie Howe, Bethan Sayed AM and Jenny Rathbone AM will be joined by representatives from the Royal College of General Practitioners Wales and Working Links on a panel to discuss how social prescribing is taken forward in Wales. Attendance is free. Please help publicise the event to maximise turnout.… Read More

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Towards a more relevant politics

One of the better aspects of the fifth Assembly has been its ability to innovate and refresh proceedings. There has been a conscious effort to make business more contemporary and relevant. On the Committee side, founding a committee again to examine issues around European and external affairs could not have been more timely. It has also proven itself to be one of the most authoritative and relevant arms of the Assembly in terms of business. On a plenary level, other innovations have also been apparent on a Wednesday afternoon. The ability to ask Topical Questions has definitely perked things up and held the Welsh Government more closely and robustly to… Read More

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