Category Archives: Articles

Negotiating prior to an Independence Referendum-Mike Hedges AM

We have a novel way of dealing with constitutional matters, where we have the referendum first and then we set about negotiating the terms afterwards. Although the withdrawal from the European Union made it necessary to have a referendum before a mandate to start negotiating withdrawal and implementing article 50, it is possible to negotiate before any future Scottish […]

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Making Wales a Living Wage- Mike Hedges AM

Whilst Wales has very little unemployment, we are unfortunately blighted by low wages and the sort of ‘flexible contracts’ which benefit employers at the expense of employees. From 1 April 2016, the Conservative government at Westminster renamed the minimum wage the Living Wage and introduced a new mandatory national living for workers aged 25 and […]

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Labour Leadership and Deputy Leadership Elections-Mike Hedges AM

Whilst the major topic of conversation following the UK Labour Party Annual conference regarding the Wales Labour Party was the adding to the National Executive of the Leader of Wales Labour party or his/her appointment on to the NEC, a number of other changes were made that will have a more lasting effect on the […]

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Jeremy Corbyn’s Second Victory: An exercise in Creative Destruction. by Nick Davies

The attempted coup against Jeremy Corbyn by members of the PLP was not only an act of self-indulgent, destructive folly but, on its own terms a miserable failure, its results being the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn with an increased majority and a considerable growth in party membership, principally consisting of Corbyn supporters. Moreover, it has […]

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Opinion: Luke Akehurst Rides Again on Sunday Politics- by George Brennan

As, later in the clip, does Ken Livingstone: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07v28n3 The Akehurst doctrine, aired last week and repeated today, is that the Labour members who vote for Corbyn are ‘quite unrepresentative of Labour voters.’ Everyone seems to accept this doctrine happily, except me. Yet no evidence has been presented for it. Common sense is against, polling polling […]

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Welsh representation on the Labour NEC – a Personal Statement. By Darren Williams

There has been widespread media coverage of the decision by Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) on 20 September to grant additional powers (subject to conference approval) to the Scottish and Welsh parties. I have personally come in for a fair bit of criticism for voting against one aspect of this – the proposal to give […]

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Must Labour lose? by Mike Hedges AM

Every time Labour loses a number of consecutive elections concern is expressed as to whether we can win again (although previously it took more than two election defeats before the doom mongers came out). The opposite is also true; after Labour has won two or more consecutive elections, there is a belief that we cannot […]

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Response to Owen Smith

The Steering Committee of Welsh Labour Grassroots is dismayed to read of Owen Smith’s comments in relation to Momentum as an organisation, as reported by several news outlets including the Guardian. Welsh Labour Grassroots, in existence since 2003, is Momentum’s sister organisation in Wales. We have in the past been glad to welcome Owen as […]

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Labour’s Right- Post War Changes (Mike Hedges AM)

The change in the policies supported by the Labour Right from Hugh Gaitskill and Anthony Crossland in 1950s, 60s and 70s to Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and their followers in the 1990s onwards has been remarkable. Whilst the political differences between Nye Bevan and Hugh Gaitskill, Anthony Crossland and Tony Benn were large, it can […]

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How the Parliamentary Labour Party has changed between 1997 and 2016- Mike Hedges AM

Many people in the Labour Party are asking themselves why the views of MPs are so at odds with those of party members. What I am attempting to do is outline how the way in which MPs are selected has had a major effect on the makeup of the Westminster Parliament. 1997 brought the change […]

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