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We're back with series three of Martin Shipton Meets. Listen to WalesOnline's chief reporter in conversation with leading figures from Welsh politics and public life during our turbulent times. Martin specialises in controversial and investigative stories and has been involved in covering the National Assembly since its outset.
 
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Labour AM Alun Davies has a panic button by his bed because of the toxic political environment created by Brexit. He tells Martin Shipton why progressive forces need to win a "culture war” against those who have turned Britain into a society not at peace with itself. He also explains why he has no faith in Jeremy Corbyn to win a General Electio ...…
 
Is it ever ok to smack your child? Vivienne Laing, head of policy and public affairs at NSPCC Cymru, discusses the plans to change the law in Wales to end the legal defence of reasonable punishment when parents discipline children. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
 
Labour MEP for Wales Jackie Jones talks about her belief in the European Union, why it's had low esteem in the eyes of many Brits and faced four decades of negative portrayal. She also discusses the apparently contradictory policy of the Labour party on Brexit. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy…
 
Dawn Bowden, Labour AM for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, talks of her roots in trade unionism, how our NHS is under constant attack and the divided politics of Brexit. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
 
Mark Reckless is leader of the Brexit Party group in the National Assembly. The AM reveals how as Tory MP he worked with Labour to inflict EU-related defeats on David Cameron. H tells Martin how he became a key figure in the campaign to press for a referendum and how he got the backing of MPs to cut the EU budget. For information regarding your ...…
 
Mark Cotter doesn't conform to the stereotype of a leading barrister. He doesn’t come from a well-heeled background, nor did he attend a fee-paying boarding school. He has been involved in many high profile cases, and earlier this year successfully defended Oritse Williams, of the boyband JLS, on a rape charge. He talks about the significance o ...…
 
Lord Mike German was the first leader of the Lib Dems in the National Assembly, and is now is the party's UK treasurer. He makes revelations about the early years of the Assembly, speaks on the lessons of coalitions, and recalls the expenses scandal that saw him temporarily step down from his role as deputy First Minister. For information regar ...…
 
Recorded from a bustling Westminster, Plaid Cymru's Jonathan Edwards talks the impact of Brexit on Welsh independence and why he feels devolution is under attack. The MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr also tells Martin of a "yearning for change" in Wales and why he believes his party have the strongest candidate for First Minister. For informa ...…
 
Paul Davies tells of his journey from Ceredigion bank manager to leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly. He tells Martin why he's determined to kick Labour out of power, why we should respect the public's wishes to leave the EU, and of his trust in Boris Johnson to lead the country. For information regarding your data privacy, visit ...…
 
Conservative MP for Montgomeryshire, Glyn Davies, discusses the role of the Wales Office, the state of his party and reveals why he won't stand again as MP. The farmer's son recalls how his father was disappointed when he passed all his O Levels and how the Young Farmers movement changed his life. He also speaks about learning to speak Welsh in ...…
 
Step inside the world of the House of Lords with Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson in Westminster. The Paralympian speaks of her Cardiff childhood and the big family sacrifices that have enabled her transition from sport to politics. She tells Martin why she's fighting for better accessibility on public transport along with welfare reform, and what ...…
 
MP Liz Saville Roberts tells her political story from learning Welsh at Aberystwyth University to becoming the Plaid Cymru's group leader in Parliament. She talks about the frustrations of "soap opera" Westminster, the prospects of Welsh independence and reveals why she would love to become an AM. For information regarding your data privacy, vi ...…
 
Hefin David, the Labour AM for Caerphilly, speaks on the power distance between people and politics. He also discusses the Caerphilly council officers' pay scandal, STV and why we need more AMs in Wales. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
 
Recorded live from the Urdd, Welsh language campaigner Toni Schiavone, of Cymdeithas Yr Iaith, speaks on political identity and the evolution of the movement. He tells Martin why he believes every child leaving school in Wales should be able to speak Welsh - and why the resistance to extending Welsh language rights in the workplace is greater a ...…
 
Delyth Jewell became Plaid Cymru AM for South Wales East at the start of 2019, after the tragic death of Steffan Lewis. She tells Martin about the guilt she felt taking on the job, her work on stalking at Westminster and why she believes Wales will become independent far more quickly than many will have dared to dream of. For information regard ...…
 
One of Wales' leading writers discusses his new novel Throw Me to the Wolves, which is loosely based on the treatment of his former teacher Christopher Jefferies, an initial suspect in the murder of Joanna Yeates. Professor Patrick McGuinness, who lives in Caernarfon, speaks of his upbringing in English boarding schools, and of living in Buchar ...…
 
CEO of Wales Co-operative Centre, Derek Walker, sets out why social enterprises and cooperative business models can be at the centre of a more inclusive economy. He also discusses the state of the trade union movement, dramatic changes in the workplace and the impact of Brexit. Derek, who was one of Stonewall's first employees in Wales, also ta ...…
 
Meri Huws has reached the end of her seven-year tenure as Welsh Language Commissioner. She looks back at what she's achieved in the role and sets out what must happen next to ensure people in Wales can live their lives through Welsh to the extent that they wish. She also recalls the activism and civil disobedience of her youth as a member of Cy ...…
 
David Melding takes Martin through his route to becoming a politician, which included backing the No campaign opposing the creation of the institution he now sits on. The AM for South Wales Central explains why he doesn't support calls for second Brexit referendum, despite being a passionate Remainer. He also shares his thoughts on how the 2021 ...…
 
Daran Hill is the managing director of public affairs company Postif Politics. He discusses lobbying in Wales - does it have a bad name? And should it be regulated more closely? He also speaks on navigating political friendships and the significance of Carl Sargeant's death on Welsh politics. For information regarding your data privacy, visit a ...…
 
Jane Dodds, who became leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats in 2017, describes her political journey. She tells Martin why she believes the new Independent Group in Westminster could signal the end of two-party politics, about the challenges of being leader without holding elected office and her optimism for the 2021 Assembly elections. For in ...…
 
Lord Peter Hain talks devolution, Brexit and racism. The former MP for Neath also warns of the erosion of his party's traditional base, amid the "most disillusioning period in British politics" he's experienced. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
 
The Labour AM for Cardiff Central tells of her journey to the Assembly via Latin America, a career in journalism and heading up a Sure Start programme for disadvantaged parents. She speaks on inequality, the Labour party resignations and her controversies; Her criticism of the M4 Relief Road, and her suspension for comments made about the Jewis ...…
 
When Dr Sibani Roy first moved to North Wales, she didn't feel welcome. Her experiences led her to found the North Wales Association for Multicultural Integration, which is working to build up a cohesive community. Dr Roy, a medical ethicist and former mayor of Colywn Bay tells Martin about her mission for integration, rather than assimilation. ...…
 
Former Cardiff Central MP Jon Owen Jones speaks about the lack of scrutiny in devolved Wales. He tells Martin of life in pre-devolution politics and his time spent as a junior minister at the Welsh Office. He also recalls the Alun Michael and Rhodri Morgan row, and the reasons behind the demise of the Forestry Commission, which he chaired until ...…
 
A year has passed since Jack Sargeant became one of Wales's youngest politicians at the age of 23, in a by-election triggered by the death of his father Carl. The Welsh Labour AM for Alyn and Deeside tells Martin how he's carrying on the legacy of his father while determined to make his own mark on the job. He also talks kinder politics, the fu ...…
 
Mike Joseph's German Jewish parents escaped Europe on the day war broke out in 1939. The journalist turned genocide historian spent time tracing his relatives but was only able to identify the SS leader who coordinated their killings. He tells Martin about the fine line between correcting historic injustice while not perpetuating contemporary i ...…
 
The devolution expert and former Wales international tells Martin about her career journey, juggling academia with football. The professor of public policy at Cardiff University's Wales Governance Centre talks about the biggest weaknesses at the Welsh Assembly - a lack of pluralism and bravery. For information regarding your data privacy, visit ...…
 
Journalist and communications consultant Guto Harri lifts the lid on working for Boris Johnson and Rupert Murdoch. He tells Martin why he's been called a traitor, and about his return to Wales for new S4C politics series Y Byd yn ei Le, as they discuss Brexit and the so-called meaningful vote. For information regarding your data privacy, visit ...…
 
Andrew Morgan explains his journey from bricklayer to leader of one of Wales' biggest councils, Rhondda Cynon Taf. He talks about coping with austerity, cynicism in politics and the impact of a no-deal Brexit. The chair of the Cardiff Capital Region also explains how the body hopes to create thousands of new jobs in South Wales. For information ...…
 
Ann Clwyd has represented the Cynon Valley as MP since 1984, and was previously MEP for Mid and West Wales.. The Labour politician tells how her early career as a Guardian journalist forged her strong links with South Wales' coal miners, and recalls the day she went underground to save Tower Colliery. She also tells Martin why she believes Tony ...…
 
Author Daryl Leeworthy talks about the rise and fall of social democracy in South Wales. He tells Martin that if we're to improve the lives of people in South Wales, we need to recapture the culture of our radical past. His book Labour Country is published by Parthian Books. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy…
 
What happens if you are convicted for a crime you didn't commit? Solicitor Glyn Maddocks has spent much of his career representing victims of miscarriages of justice. He tells Martin why the British legal system isn't working and why it must change. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy…
 
Ken Skates reveals how he overcame self-doubt and anxiety on his journey to become Wales' cabinet secretary for economy and transport, and sets out why he's championing the need to improve society's emotional and mental health. The AM also talks about the legacy of Carwyn Jones, his hopes for Mark Drakeford and why he didn't proceed with the Ci ...…
 
Adrian Crompton was appointed Auditor General for Wales earlier this year where he oversees the annual audit of some £20bn of taxpayers' cash. He tells Martin of his rise from a research clerk at the House of Commons, his work to strengthen political institutions around the world, and why he believes Wales needs more AMs. For information regard ...…
 
Professor Kevin Morgan chaired the Yes for Wales campaign in the 1997 devolution referendum. The social scientist recalls the dramatic night of the vote, and discusses single party rule and the lack of constructive challenge in Wales. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy…
 
Peter Black is the former AM for South Wales West and now deputy mayor of Swansea. He tells Martin why he voted in favour of the UK coalition in 2010, how his party needs to rebuild trust and why he thinks UK politics is broken. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
 
Paul Flynn, the former stalwart MP for Newport West, is interviewed after announcing his intention to step down from Parliament due to ill health. Martin visited him at home where he was battling arthritis, to reflect on his career and the challenges ahead for Wales. Mr Flynn passed away three months later in February 2019. For information rega ...…
 
Rhuanedd Richards is the new editor of BBC Radio Cymru and Welsh language online service Cymru Fyw. She tells Martin about the future of the station, which she credits for inspiring her to learn Welsh in the first place. They also discuss impartiality and the state of journalism in Wales. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast ...…
 
Both Aled Eirug's grandfather and father were conscientious objectors in the First World War and Second World War respectively. The journalist turned academic tells Martin Shipton why it inspired him to research Wales' anti-war campaigners for new book The Opposition to the Great War in Wales 1914-1918. For information regarding your data priva ...…
 
Theo Davies-Lewis is a 20-year-old student at Oxford University, where he re-established the Media Society. He discusses private education in Wales, finding a political party he can relate with and his campaign for a statue to honour Jim Griffiths in his hometown Llanelli. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy…
 
Steve Thomas, chief executive of the Welsh Local Government Association, describes how local services are being decimated by the politics of austerity. He also discusses the long-running reorganisation saga, the calibre of councillors and the scandal at Caerphilly. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy…
 
Political expert Professor Roger Awan-Scully is head of politics and international relations at Cardiff University. He and Martin discuss how four new party leaders could change the Welsh Assembly - and whether citizen assemblies are the answer to tackling disengagement in Wales. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy…
 
Professor John Tomaney was chair of the ill-fated 2004 referendum campaign that wanted to establish a regional assembly in the North East of England. He talks regional identity, anti-London sentiment and why we should stop bending over backwards for the tech giants. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy…
 
We're back with series two. In the first episode Martin meets Helen Mary Jones who returns to Cardiff Bay after a seven-year absence. The Plaid AM talks nationalism, what Plaid Cymru needs to do to win in 2021 and the transgender debate. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy…
 
Former MP for Cardiganshire, Elystan Morgan, has been a member of the House of Lords for 37 years. Martin travels to Westminster to hear about working with Gwynfor Evans, the sleeping giant of Welsh nationhood and why the House of Lords is "wholly ridiculous". For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy…
 
The director of the Wales Centre for Public Policy explains how the think tank is advising the Welsh Government on how to improve public services and increase prosperity in Wales. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
 
The Labour AM is seeking nominations to succeed Carwyn Jones as party leader and First Minister. She tells Martin about her chances and talks of her plans as Minister for the Welsh language, gender inequality in politics and Brexit. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy…
 
Speaking from Westminster, Lord Dafydd Wigley looks back on his political career. He talks about Plaid Cymru's future, the impact of Brexit on manufacturing in Wales and House of Lords reform. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
 
This week Martin travels to Westminster to meet Wales's youngest MP, Ben Lake. He reveals how he's settling in after his unexpected victory and talks of the challenges facing rural Wales and of a potential rematch with Mark Williams. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy…
 
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