As I write, it is unclear if Theresa May will be successful in cobbling together an arrangement with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) which will allow her to form a government. If she does form a government it will be important to scrutinise the agreement between the Conservatives and the DUP and I will be particularly concerned about three things.
Speaking at the Welsh Labour Conference in Llandudno, Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has said that there needs to be a “new relationship” with the European Union after Britain has formally left the EU in March 2019.
"Will you please listen carefully conference?
"£640,000, £120,000, £75,000 and £800,000. I am contributing to a continuation of a debate about Europe, so you might think that those huge sums are grants to Wales from the European Structural Funds. Nope. These sums are how much the former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne received in payments before it was announced that he is to be the editor of the London Evening Standard, with a salary estimated at over £250,000 a year.
"I mention that because at a time when Wales is in very real danger of losing European funds, there are certain Tories who are laughing all the way to the bank.
Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has asked the Secretary of State for Wales if the Government would change the agreement on how European funds are given to communities in Wales. Alun Cairns, the Secretary of State, responded that Caerphilly had seen a fall in the level of unemployment and strongly implied that the Government would seek to allocate monies elsewhere.
Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has welcomed the announcement by the Government that it is in favour of a third runway at Heathrow Airport being built.
On the face of it, ‘English Votes for English Laws (EVEL)’ might seem perfectly sensible. Surely, as the Conservative Government argues, in this time of devolution, English MPs cannot have a ‘vote’ on some laws in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, so why should the MPs from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have a say on laws for England?