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Jill Evans MEP: Wants the government to apply for funding

Jill Evans MEP: Wants the government to apply for funding

JILL EVANS MEP has called on the UK Government to apply for valuable European funding to help those affected by the closure of the Murco refi nery in Milford Haven. The refi nery employs around 400 people and is set to cease production after its sale to a Swiss company fell through. The refi nery supports around 4,200 jobs in the local area. Jill Evans is writing to the Secretary of State for Wales asking the UK Government to apply for funding under the EU’s Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF).

The purpose of the fund is to support workers made redundant and small businesses which close down as a result of changes in trade patterns and the global economic crisis. The situation in Pembrokeshire clearly qualifi es for this fi nancial help. Jill Evans MEP said: “Many workers in other European countries who lose their jobs have benefi ted from this support to retrain, look for new work or set up their own businesses. We all pay into this fund so it’s time that workers in Wales got the same help. The UK government has never used the fund because it would reduce the amount of rebate the Treasury gets from the EU.

At a time of crisis with the announcement of the Murco closure, the government should give priority to the needs of the workers, their families and communities in Pembrokeshire. They ignored my calls to get this help for the Burberry workers in the Rhondda in 2006. I hope they will not let these communities down in the same way. The Secretary of State for Wales has called this “a hammer blow for the local economy. That merits the strongest response and I call on him to ensure the UK government does not block an application to the EGF.

The Welsh Government is setting up a taskforce on Tuesday to look at every option for providing support to the area. This European funding must be one option open to them and not blocked by the UK Government. I am writing to both Edwina Hart and Steven Crabb with this proposal.”

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A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike

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EMERGENCY SERVICES have shut the A40 at in Scleddau due to a serious road collision.

The accident happened just before 2pm. The Herald understands that the collision involved a motorcycle and car at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

Police said: “Emergency services are currently on scene and dealing with the incident. Please find an alternative route if possible. Update to follow.”

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Moley’s Ambassador March to support those who have lost a child

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ON SATURDAY (Jun 19), Andrew Cole (aka Moley) will set off on a 24 hour walk around Pembrokeshire with the aim of doing as many miles in as little time as possible. 

Moley is proud to have recently been made ambassador of the charity ‘2 Wish UponAa Star’ an organisation dedicated to supporting families that have lost a child under 25 years of age.

He will be setting off at 6am in the morning from Neyland and walking all day and night, finishing at 6am the following morning.

2 wish upon a star was set up by Rhian Mannings, who set up the charity after losing her own son.

By celebrating the lives of those lost, and offering support to families through their grief; Rhian and her team offer an essential service to the community and those families who have suffered the devastation of losing a loved one.

Appealing for support from the people of Pembrokeshire he said: “Please give generously to support the wonderful work of Rhian and her team. Also, if you happen to see me in the day, feel free to give me a beep of encouragement’

“If you would like to donate to Moley, and support the charity, you can visit his JustGiving page.”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moleycole

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Lifeboats and chopper in major air sea rescue off the coast of Tenby

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TWO RNLI lifeboats from both Tenby and Angle stations have been launched to assist a coastguard helicopter which has been scrambled from MOD St Athen.

It is understood that a search for a missing person or persons is underway.

Paged this morning: Angle Lifeboat is currently involved in the search south of Tenby

The alarm was raised before 10am this morning (June 18).

Tenby’s Y-boat is also involved in the operation, The Herald understands.

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Rescue underway: Coastguard chopper position at 1030HRS on Friday, Jun 18 (Pic MarineTraffic)
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