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Now the pancakes have been devoured, Lent has begun and people are giving up indulgences until Easter.

For most that’ll mean giving up chocolate or some other food or drink but for Wales Office minister, David Jones, it means giving up Twitter.

He reckons he spends about half an hour each day reading or sending Tweets which he sees as a valuable part of his political life.

His statement says,

Stopping tweeting means that I will have I a little more stillness in my life during Lent, which is part of what the season is about.

Twitter, however, is a very useful tool for politicians and I am sure I will be returning to it once Easter arrives.

But renouncing the joys of Twitter isn’t enough asceticism for the Clwyd West MP. He’s also giving up wine.

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Women in Wales will be hit harder by the UK Government’s planned public spending cuts than men, according to the Shadow Welsh Secretary Peter Hain.

During Welsh Questions in the Commons, he made that point and asked the Welsh Secretary “as the first woman Secretary of State” if she was proud of the Westminster coalition’s attitude to women.

In response, Cheryl Gillan said the government had considered all possible impacts on women and pointed out that the number of job losses forecast has decreased.

Ms Gillan also had some interesting news for constitution-watchers.

She told MPs that the Wales Office is preparing for life after next year’s Assembly powers referendum.

If the vote is yes, she said, then there will automatically be a changed relationship between Westminster and Wales.

But if the vote is no, the UK government will still examine how to make the current system of transferring powers to Cardiff Bay more efficient.

In other words, there’ll be change to the much-criticised LCO sytem, regardless which way you vote.

You might think that saying that will strengthen the No campaign’s argument that the current system – with a bit of tidying up – is strong enough.

But it might also bolster the Yes campaigners trying to counter the claim that the referendum is the thin end of an independence wedge.

One other point to remark on from Welsh Questions. When the Welsh Office Minister David Jones took a question from his opposite number Owen Smith, he congratulated the Pontypridd MP for winning the member to watch category in this week’s Welsh Political Awards.

And he added, “Can I reassure him that I am watching him.”

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