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Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 November 2006, 16:10 GMT
Wales@Westminster newslog

The Wales@Westminster weblog, BBC Wales' Parliamentary correspondent David Cornock's diary on political life

Wednesday, 1 November

Leading from... Madrid

posted by David | 1607 BST |

Plaid Cymru claimed a moral victory after reducing the government's majority to 25 during last night's Commons vote on the Plaid call for an inquiry to be held into the war in Iraq.

Carmarthen East and Dinefwr MP Adam Price claimed that the vote showed a huge shift in opinion. Conservative MPs, who supported the war, turned up to vote alongside Plaid and the SNP in the division lobbies.

Cheryl Gillan, the shadow Welsh secretary, was so committed to the cause she voted in a wheelchair, just 24 hours after being released from hospital after a serious illness.

Twelve Labour MPs rebelled. Twelve other Labour MPs who signed the original Commons motion calling for an inquiry voted WITH the government last night.

Plaid Cymru's own parliamentary leader didn't make it for the only day of the year when the party can dictate the Commons agenda.

Elfyn Llwyd was in Madrid for meetings to discuss devolution and corporation tax with José María Pérez Medina and Mónica Melle.

They are respectively the Spanish government's deputy director general for general relations with the regions and the deputy director general for regional economic analysis.

Mr Llwyd's fellow Plaid Cymru MPs are understood to be rather underwhelmed by his absence on their biggest day of the parliamentary year.

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