Monday, June 1, 1998 Published at 16:02 GMT 17:02 UK
UK Politics: Talking Politics
The state of politics in Wales
BBC Wales Parliamentary Correspondent David Cornock examines the new state of politics in Wales.
New Labour, new Wales? Our political map changed at the General Election and for the first time since 1906 there are no Welsh Tory MPs at Westminster.
This has created a new style of politics which shelters under the umbrella of "inclusive", a label favoured by the three pro-devolution parties who hold the 40 parliamentary seats in Wales.
Now more often than not a Tory-free zone, sittings once rescued from somnolence only by yah-boo exchanges between the front benches have become love-ins between the three Welsh parties represented at Westminster - although there have been signs of the consensus breaking down recently.
Davies's balancing act
Ron Davies has survived as Welsh Secretary despite (hotly-denied) accusations from one of his own backbenchers (Blaenau Gwent MP Llew Smith) that he was threatened with expulsion over his opposition to devolution.
Mr Davies's career has also survived the close referendum result, a critical press (slightly improved recently), and a farcical internal dispute over the siting of the National Assembly.
Seen as Old Labour in Westminster, and New Labour in Wales, his difficult balancing act - the professed "inclusive" approach - sometimes leaves him with more friends outside his party than within.
Politicians on the rise
Sitting in the Cabinet waiting room, should Mr Davies fall under the proverbial bus (probably driven by the Minister Without Portfolio, Peter Mandelson), are rising stars Alun Michael (Cardiff South and Penarth) and Paul Murphy (Torfaen), ministers of state at the Home and Northern Ireland offices respectively.
Although from the Left of the party, he has loyally adjusted to New Labour with some style.
Other Welsh figures include John Morris, Welsh Secretary in the last Labour Government, who is now Attorney-General.
Alan Howarth, who defected from the Tories and replaced Roy Hughes (now Lord Islwyn) at Newport East, is a junior minister at Education and Employment alongside Kim Howells (Pontypridd), Minister for Lifelong Learning.
The new leader of the Opposition, former Welsh Secretary William Hague, decided not to appoint a Shadow Welsh Secretary.
Instead, the blue-blooded former Scottish and Northern Ireland Office Minister Michael Ancram acts as Constitutional Affairs spokesman with a seat in the Shadow Cabinet.
Heading for the Assembly
Only a handful of Welsh MPs see their future in the National Assembly rather than at Westminster. They are headed by the Secretary of State himself, Ron Davies.
It is currently unclear how the Welsh aspects of parliamentary life will change after devolution.
The post of Secretary of State stays, although the role will change. There are question marks over the futures of the two junior Welsh Office Ministers, Welsh Questions in the Commons and the Welsh Select Committee.
Restoring the gender balance
Devolution aside, perhaps the most historic shift on May 1, 1997, saw the biggest change in the gender balance at Westminster since women got the vote more than 75 years ago.
Until last year, Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley) was only the fourth woman elected as a Welsh MP.
She has now been joined by Jackie Lawrence (Preseli, Pembrokeshire). Julie (wife of Rhodri Morgan MP) Morgan (Cardiff North) and Betty Williams (Conwy).
A small step for woman, a giant leap for Welsh parliamentary politics.