Welsh Assembly

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National Assembly for Wales

Devolved assembly with power to make legislation in Wales add

Category: Politics

Founded in 1949.

Countries: Wales (40%), United Kingdom (38%), (8%)

Main connections: Wales, Nick Bourne, Plaid Cymru

Linked to: Labour Party, House of Lords, Scottish Parliament, University of Wales

 

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1949

An appointed Council for Wales and Monmouthshire was established in 1949 to "ensure the government is adequately informed of the impact of government activities on the general life of the people of Wales" add something


1951

A post of Minister of Welsh Affairs was created in 1951 and the post of Secretary of State for Wales and the Welsh Office were established in 1964 leading to the abolition of the Council for Wales add something


1968

Andrew R. T. Davies - "'Andrew Robert Tudor Davies"' is a British farmer and politician, who has been a Conservative Party member of the National Assembly for Wales since May 2007


1969

The Royal Commission on the Constitution was set up in 1969 by Harold Wilson's Labour Government to investigate the possibility of devolution for Scotland and Wales add something


1974

Its recommendations formed the basis of the 1974 White Paper "Democracy and Devolution: proposals for Scotland and Wales", which proposed the creation of a Welsh Assembly add something


1979

However, voters rejected the proposals by a majority of four to one in a referendum held in 1979 add something


1995

The Single Transferable Vote system had been considered for the Assembly by the Labour Party as early as 1995-96, but according to the evidence given to the Richard Commission by Ron Davies, a former Welsh Secretary, add something

 

Jon Shortridge - He undertook the Senior Management Review of the Welsh Office in 1995, and was appointed Director of Economic Affairs in 1997, with responsibility for establishing the National Assembly for Wales


1997

After the 1997 general election, the new Labour Government argued that an Assembly would be more democratically accountable than the Welsh Office add something

 

For eleven years prior to 1997 Wales had been represented in the Cabinet of the United Kingdom by a Secretary of State who did not represent a Welsh constituency at Westminster add something

 

Conservative Party (UK) - In Wales, the Conservatives campaigned against devolution in the 1997 referendum, however likewise as with Scotland, they have vowed to maintain the Welsh Assembly's continued existence, and in 2011 supported the further devolution of power


1998

The Assembly was created by the Government of Wales Act 1998, which followed a referendum in 1997 add something


1999

There have been four elections to the Assembly, in 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2011 add something

 

To date there have been four elections to the Assembly, in 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011 add something

 

Nick Bourne - First elected to the National Assembly for Wales in 1999, and re-elected in 2003 and 2007, Bourne sits on the Assembly's European and External Affairs committee and is the party's spokesman on constitutional matters

 

Rhodri Glyn Thomas - He has been the Plaid Cymru National Assembly for Wales Member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr since 1999

 

Mick Bates (politician) - He was Member of the National Assembly for Wales for Montgomeryshire between 1999 and 2011

 

Rhodri Glyn Thomas - In 1999 he fought the same constituency in the National Assembly Elections, winning by 6,980 votes

 

Alun Pugh - Pugh was elected in the National Assembly for Wales election in 1999 to the marginal Clwyd West seat of the National Assembly for Wales

 

Alison Halford - She was Labour member of the National Assembly for Wales, representing the Delyn constituency, between 1999 and 2003

 

Jon Shortridge - He served as the Permanent Secretary of the Welsh Office in March 1999 and of the National Assembly for Wales on its creation in May 1999

 

Nick Bourne - He has been leader of the Welsh Conservatives since August 1999, and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly since July 2007

 

Nick Bourne - He served as the Leader of the Welsh Conservative Party and as a member of the National Assembly for Wales for the Mid and West Wales electoral region from August 1999 until May 2011


2000

Carwyn Jones - Jones was appointed Deputy Secretary in the National Assembly for Wales in March 2000


2001

In 2001 the UK parliament used primary legislation to delay for one month local elections in England during the Foot and Mouth Disease epidemic add something


2002

In July 2002, the Welsh Government established an independent commission, with Lord Richard as chair, to review the powers and electoral arrangements of the National Assembly in order to ensure that it is able to operate in the best interests of the people of Wales add something

 

Jon Shortridge - In December 2002, Sir Jon was summoned by the Audit Committee of the National Assembly for Wales in order to be questioned over delays and rising costs surrounding the construction of a new debating chamber, which was to become the Senedd


2003

For example, the Assembly delayed local elections due to be held in 2003 for a year by use of secondary powers, so that they would not correspond with Assembly elections add something

 

Leanne Wood - Born in the Rhondda, Wales, she has represented the South Wales Central region as a Member of the National Assembly for Wales since 2003

 

Jamie Stone - The Professionals easily beat the Welsh Assembly's team with a final score of 110 points to 75, and surpassed the record low score achieved of 25, which was achieved by the House of Commons in 2003

 

Morgan Phillips - Their daughter, Tamsin Dunwoody was a Member of the National Assembly for Wales from 2003 to 2007

 

Gwyneth Dunwoody - Their daughter, Tamsin Dunwoody, was a member of the National Assembly for Wales for one term between 2003 and 2007 and from 2005 was Deputy Minister for Enterprise, Innovation and Networks in the Welsh Assembly Government

 

Leanne Wood - Wood has been a Member of the National Assembly for Wales since the election of 1 May 2003, representing the South Wales Central region for Plaid Cymru


2004

The Richard Commission reported in March 2004 add something


2005

In response, the British government, in its "Better Governance for Wales" White Paper, published on 15 June 2005, proposed a more permissive law-making system for the Welsh Assembly based on the use of Parliamentary Orders in Council add something

 

Sue Essex - She announced on 19 August 2005 that she would stand down at the National Assembly for Wales election, 2007

 

Lemmy - In November 2005, he was invited to the Welsh Assembly as a guest speaker by Tory Welsh assembly member William Graham


2006

The Assembly had no powers to initiate primary legislation until limited law-making powers were gained through the Government of Wales Act 2006 add something

 

The Government of Wales Act 2006 regularised the separation when it came into effect following the 2007 Assembly Election add something

 

The National Assembly for Wales has the competence to pass bills for Acts of the Assembly in 20 "Subjects" outlined in schedule 7 of the Government of Wales Act 2006 add something

 

It was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on St David's Day, 1 March 2006 add something

 

The Government of Wales Act 2006 received Royal Assent on 25 July 2006 add something


2007

One important feature of the National Assembly until 2007 was that there was no legal or constitutional separation of the legislative and executive functions, since it was a single corporate entity add something

 

The Assembly gained limited primary legislative powers following the 2007 election and the passage of the Government of Wales Act 2006 add something

 

British National Party - In the 2007 Welsh Assembly elections, the BNP fielded 20 candidates, four in each of the five regional lists, with Nick Griffin standing in the South Wales West region

 

Trish Law - Law won re-election as an independent at the National Assembly for Wales election, 2007

 

The changes to the Assembly's powers were commenced on 4 May 2007, after the election add something

 

Andrew R. T. Davies - In the Third Assembly he was appointed Shadow Minister for Transport in the National Assembly for Wales from 7 July 2007 to 16 June 2008, and Shadow Minister for Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills from 16 June 2008


2008

Nick Bourne - Following a minor reshuffle in June 2008, Bourne became the Shadow Minister for Finance and Public Service Delivery in addition to his role as Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly until 22 October 2008


2009

Bryn Terfel - In 2009 and again in 2010, he was forced to cancel the festival because of low public bookings, after having been voted a £250,000 grant by the Welsh Assembly

 

Andrew R. T. Davies - In 2009 he became the Shadow Minister for Health in the National Assembly for Wales


2011

Following the 2011 election, Welsh Labour held exactly half of the seats in the Assembly, falling just short of an overall majority add something

 

Lord Elis-Thomas, Plaid Cymru AM, had been Presiding Officer since the Assembly's creation, standing down from the post in 2011 add something

 

Rosemary Butler, Labour AM, has been Presiding Officer since the beginning of the 2011–2016 term, having taken over from Dafydd Elis Thomas add something

 

British National Party - In the 2011 Welsh Assembly elections, the BNP fielded 20 candidates, four in each of the five regional lists and for the first time 7 candidates were fielded in FPTP constituencies

 

Following a referendum on 3 March 2011, the Welsh Assembly gained direct law making powers, without the need to consult Westminster add something

 

Its primary law-making powers were enhanced following a Yes vote in the referendum on 3 March 2011, making it possible for it to legislate without having to consult the UK parliament, nor the Secretary of State for Wales in the 20 areas that are devolved add something

 

Following a referendum on 4 March 2011, the Welsh Assembly gained direct law making powers, without the need to consult Westminster add something

 

The executive arm of the National Assembly for Wales, the Welsh Government, has been a Labour administration led by First Minister, Carwyn Jones, since May 2011 add something


2012

On 3 July 2012, the Welsh Assembly passed its first act, the Local Government Byelaws Bill add something


2013

Additionally the Wales Bill 2013-14 proposes to allow the Assembly to hold a referendum on its ability to set a degree of income tax add something

 

Following recommendations by the Silk Commission, the UK government announced in November 2013 that some borrowing powers are to be devolved to the Assembly along with control of landfill tax and stamp duty add something


2014

Additionally the Wales Act 2014 provides for a referendum to be held on the Assembly's ability to set a degree of income tax add something


2016

The next election will be in 2016, delayed from 2015 as the UK general election was held in 2015 add something

 

Elin Jones, Plaid Cymru Assembly Member for Ceredigion, was elected the new Presiding Officer after the May 2016 elections add something

 

Following the elections in May 2016, the composition of the Assembly changed in the most dramatic fashion since the beginning of the Assembly add something

 

Cardiff - The most recent Welsh Assembly general election were held on 5 May 2016

 

He remained a member of the party and its leader in Wales, until Neil Hamilton was made Wales leader in September 2016 add something

 

Dafydd Elis-Thomas quit the Plaid Cymru group on the 14 October 2016 add something


2017

Mark Reckless quit the UKIP group in April 2017 add something

 

On the 7th November 2017 he was found dead add something

 

On the 27 December 2017 it was announced that Nathan Gill had resigned as an AM. add something


2018

A by-election will be held in his former constituency of Alyn and Deeside on 6 February 2018 to choose a successor add something

 

Helen Mary Jones replaced Simon Thomas as an Assembly Member in August 2018 add something

 

Caroline Jones resigned as a member of UKIP and UKIP's group on 12 September 2018 add something

 

Jenny Rathbone was suspended from Labour on 20 November 2018 following the publishing of a recording in which she add something


2019

Steffan Lewis died of bowel cancer on 11 January 2019 and was replaced by Delyth Jewell add something

 

Michelle Brown left the UKIP group in March 2019, to sit as an independent add something

 

Mark Reckless left the Conservative group in May 2019, citing failure to deliver Brexit as a reason add something