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WalesOnline chief reporter Martin Shipton in conversation with leading figures from Welsh politics and public life.

WalesOnline chief reporter Martin Shipton in conversation with leading figures from Welsh politics and public life.
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WalesOnline chief reporter Martin Shipton in conversation with leading figures from Welsh politics and public life.








Should we be worried about lobbying? With Daran Hill

Daran Hill is the managing director of public affairs company Postif Politics. He discusses lobbying in Wales - does it have a bad name? And should it be regulated more closely? He also speaks on navigating political friendships and the significance of Carl Sargeant's death on Welsh politics.


A new dawn in politics, with Jane Dodds

Jane Dodds, who became leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats in 2017, describes her political journey. She tells Martin why she believes the new Independent Group in Westminster could signal the end of two-party politics, about the challenges of being leader without holding elected office and her optimism for the 2021 Assembly elections.


Renewing the Labour party, with Peter Hain

Lord Peter Hain talks devolution, Brexit and racism. The former MP for Neath also warns of the erosion of his party's traditional base, amid the "most disillusioning period in British politics" he's experienced.


Rough and tumble of politics, with Jenny Rathbone

The Labour AM for Cardiff Central tells of her journey to the Assembly via Latin America, a career in journalism and heading up a Sure Start programme for disadvantaged parents. She speaks on inequality, the Labour party resignations and her controversies; Her criticism of the M4 Relief Road, and her suspension for comments made about the Jewish community. And the former chair of the All Wales European Programme Monitoring Committee says a no-deal Brexit would be like suicide.


Integrating our communities, with Dr Sibani Roy

When Dr Sibani Roy first moved to North Wales, she didn't feel welcome. Her experiences led her to found the North Wales Association for Multicultural Integration, which is working to build up a cohesive community. Dr Roy, a medical ethicist and former mayor of Colywn Bay tells Martin about her mission for integration, rather than assimilation.


Where is the scrutiny? with Jon Owen Jones

Former Cardiff Central MP Jon Owen Jones speaks about the lack of scrutiny in devolved Wales. He tells Martin of life in pre-devolution politics and his time spent as a junior minister at the Welsh Office. He also recalls the Alun Michael and Rhodri Morgan row, and the reasons behind the demise of the Forestry Commission, which he chaired until 2013.


Continuing Dad's legacy, with Jack Sargeant

A year has passed since Jack Sargeant became one of Wales's youngest politicians at the age of 23, in a by-election triggered by the death of his father Carl. The Welsh Labour AM for Alyn and Deeside tells Martin how he's carrying on the legacy of his father while determined to make his own mark on the job. He also talks kinder politics, the future of Airbus and "the living nightmare" his family are enduring.


The faces of genocide, with Mike Joseph

Mike Joseph's German Jewish parents escaped Europe on the day war broke out in 1939. The journalist turned genocide historian spent time tracing his relatives but was only able to identify the SS leader who coordinated their killings. He tells Martin about the fine line between correcting historic injustice while not perpetuating contemporary injustice, as his family battled to reclaim their house in Leipzig. He also talks about defining anti-semitism and the romantic notion of Israel...


Lack of courage in Welsh politics, with Prof Laura McAllister

The devolution expert and former Wales international tells Martin about her career journey, juggling academia with football. The professor of public policy at Cardiff University's Wales Governance Centre talks about the biggest weaknesses at the Welsh Assembly - a lack of pluralism and bravery.


A scapegoat called Europe, with Guto Harri

Journalist and communications consultant Guto Harri lifts the lid on working for Boris Johnson and Rupert Murdoch. He tells Martin why he's been called a traitor, and about his return to Wales for new S4C politics series Y Byd yn ei Le, as they discuss Brexit and the so-called meaningful vote.


Reviving the Valleys, with Andrew Morgan

Andrew Morgan explains his journey from bricklayer to leader of one of Wales' biggest councils, Rhondda Cynon Taf. He talks about coping with austerity, cynicism in politics and the impact of a no-deal Brexit. The chair of the Cardiff Capital Region also explains how the body hopes to create thousands of new jobs in South Wales.


Persistence in politics, with Ann Clwyd

Ann Clwyd has represented the Cynon Valley as MP since 1984, and was previously MEP for Mid and West Wales.. The Labour politician tells how her early career as a Guardian journalist forged her strong links with South Wales' coal miners, and recalls the day she went underground to save Tower Colliery. She also tells Martin why she believes Tony Blair's reputation has been unfairly trashed, about her support of the Kurdish cause, and why she's still battling for answers after her husband's...


When Wales was radical, with Daryl Leeworthy

Author Daryl Leeworthy talks about the rise and fall of social democracy in South Wales. He tells Martin that if we're to improve the lives of people in South Wales, we need to recapture the culture of our radical past. His book Labour Country is published by Parthian Books.


When justice fails, with Glyn Maddocks

What happens if you are convicted for a crime you didn't commit? Solicitor Glyn Maddocks has spent much of his career representing victims of miscarriages of justice. He tells Martin why the British legal system isn't working and why it must change.


Fixing a sick society, with Ken Skates

Ken Skates reveals how he overcame self-doubt and anxiety on his journey to become Wales' cabinet secretary for economy and transport, and sets out why he's championing the need to improve society's emotional and mental health. The AM also talks about the legacy of Carwyn Jones, his hopes for Mark Drakeford and why he didn't proceed with the Circuit of Wales.


The challenges facing our public bodies, with Adrian Crompton

Adrian Crompton was appointed Auditor General for Wales earlier this year where he oversees the annual audit of some £20bn of taxpayers' cash. He tells Martin of his rise from a research clerk at the House of Commons, his work to strengthen political institutions around the world, and why he believes Wales needs more AMs.


Leaders, laggards and Wales' cowed culture with Prof Kevin Morgan

Professor Kevin Morgan chaired the Yes for Wales campaign in the 1997 devolution referendum. The social scientist recalls the dramatic night of the vote, and discusses single party rule and the lack of constructive challenge in Wales.


Politics is broken, with Peter Black

Peter Black is the former AM for South Wales West and now deputy mayor of Swansea. He tells Martin why he voted in favour of the UK coalition in 2010, how his party needs to rebuild trust and why he thinks UK politics is broken.


Three decades of Parliament with Paul Flynn

Paul Flynn, the stalwart MP for Newport West, has announced his intention to step down from Parliament due to ill health. Martin visited him at home where he's battling arthritis, to reflect on his career and the challenges ahead for Wales.


The future of Welsh radio, with Rhuanedd Richards

Rhuanedd Richards is the new editor of BBC Radio Cymru and Welsh language online service Cymru Fyw. She tells Martin about the future of the station, which she credits for inspiring her to learn Welsh in the first place. They also discuss impartiality and the state of journalism in Wales.