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A short week in politics

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Helen Mary Jones will see out her term of office as chair of Plaid Cymru at the party’s conference in October. She doesn’t intend standing for the post again to “to concentrate on my career and my family for a while.” She has ruled out being a Plaid candidate at the general election but said nothing about being an assembly candidate. Plaid will chose a new chair at its conference in Aberystwyth. Ladbrokes haven’t opened a book on who that will be, but if they were to, Dafydd Trystan would have very short odds indeed.

The Rest

Parliament were re-called to debate Syria and gave Cameron approval to conduct reprisals over the Syrian regime’s alleged gas attack on its own population. Cameron lost. 272 backed his stance but 285 voted against. See http://welshpolitics.co.uk/2013/08/a-touch-of-realism/

 Polls

Both Friday polls conducted before government’s defeat

Fri. YouGov/Sun         CON 33%, LAB 37%, LDEM 10%, UKIP 12%.

Fri. Populus          CON 33%, LAB 39%, LDEM 12%, UKIP 9%.

Sun.YouGov/S.Times CON 32%, LAB 38%, LDEM 10%, UKIP 13%.

Because of my two weeks off, the weekly review of the polls hasn’t appeared. Rather than outline all that have appeared whilst away here’s a summary.

The six point Labour lead has been typical in YouGov polls of late and begs the question why so much angst about Miliband. The other polls have not shown any significant movements either.

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