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Friday, 19 November, 1999, 10:29 GMT
The Welsh Week at Westminster
David Cornock: Sheep farmers are exempt from fur-farm ban

The pregnant Cherie Blair has an unusual admirer - Tory Welsh Affairs spokesman Nigel Evans, writes David Cornock, BBC Wales parliamentary correspondent.

Mr Evans keeps a signed photograph of the Prime Minister's wife in his Commons office.

He bought it for 12 at a charity auction in his constituency. Like William Hague and his wife Ffion, Mr Evans is delighted at the news.

There was also good news for beleaguered sheep farmers - they have been excluded from plans to ban fur-farming.

Ministers have stressed that the ban will not include the production of fur which can be clipped or shorn.

Mink and other fur-farmers will be offered compensation for the end of their livelihood.

Return was 'speedier than Mandelson's'

The Prime Minister has finally appointed a Government Whip for Wales.

As expected, it is the Islwyn MP Don Touhig, which means a political comeback speedier than Peter Mandelson.

Last month, Mr Touhig was banned from the Commons for three days last month over his alleged involvement in the leaking of a select committee report.

Exclusive gatherings remained on the agenda with a Tory Welsh Affairs spokesman backing calls for gentlemen's clubs, like the Cardiff and County, to admit women.

Robert Walter, MP for Dorset North, has resigned from the true blue Carlton Club in London over its men-only rules.

Expect him to man the barricades with his fellow feminists at the next Cardiff and County protest.


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