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Thursday, October 1, 1998 Published at 17:32 GMT 18:32 UK


UK Politics: Talking Politics

The new Assembly for Wales

Left to right: Vaughan Roderick, David Cornock, Glyn Mathias

Wales is to have a new assembly next year. Experts from BBC Wales examine how it has come about and what its prospects are.

Political Editor Glyn Mathias looks at the battle to house the assembly and how the legislation has been progressing.

He also takes in Labour's problems with candidate selection and the role of Welsh Secretary Ron Davies.

Most people assume that the assembly will be dominated by Labour, but Welsh Affairs Editor Vaughan Roderick argues that the situation is not so simple as it might appear.

He also argues that Wales is not a homogenous entity - that there splits between North and South, between Welsh and English speakers, and between rich and poor.

And Parliamentary Correspondent David Cornock examines the current state of Welsh politics, now a Tory-free zone.

With Ron Davies apparently heading for the new assembly, who are the country's 'up-and-coming' politicians?



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