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Welsh Labour Party dismiss UKIP threat

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Running scared?: UKIP claim is ridiculed.

Running scared?: UKIP claim is
ridiculed.

MEP and UKIP member, Nathan Gill, claimed this week that other political parties were scared’ of his party and their message. His comments came after the UKIP victory in the recent Rochester and Strood by-election. He said: “The (other) party leaders just attack us non-stop. They are all very fearful of us. And the reason is because the message we’ve got we don’t have to adapt it whether we’re going down to a council estate or down a large driveway to a manor house.

I’ve never changed or adapted my message, I just have the same one and we get the same result, and that’s why the other parties are scared. I would be very surprised if UKIP did not win a Welsh seat.” However, a Welsh Labour Party spokesperson responded by saying: “Polls shows that, while support for UKIP has increased, they look unlikely to elect any MPs in Wales next year. UKIP are reliant on Tory money, Tory people and Tory policies.

If they were to win next year, UKIP would raise taxes for working families, allow bankers to take bigger bonuses, make deeper cuts to public services and charge you to see your GP, and get rid of workers’ rights including parental leave, maternity pay, holiday pay, sick pay, and even redundancy pay. That’s why, when May comes, local people will support the only party to stand up for working people – Labour.”

William Powell, Welsh Lib Dem AM for Mid and West Wales, said: “It is true to say that the Tories are in a complete panic about UKIP. Instead of trying to mimic Nigel Farage, they would be better off concentrating on some of the Coalition Government’s achievements that would never have happened without the Liberal Democrats – rescuing our broken economy; cutting taxes for millions; and investing in our schools and NHS. The Liberal Democrats are the only UK party that hasn’t pandered to UKIP and have been willing to tackle their rhetoric head on.

We will continue to stick to what we believe in, especially in the value of remaining within and shaping a reformed European Union. EU Structural funds have brought huge investment to Pembrokeshire – and without EU farm subsidies, our agricultural industry would be on its knees. For these reasons alone, potential UKIP voters should be very careful about what they wish for.”

Pembrokeshire Conservative Council Leader, David Howlett, stated: “In terms of Pembrokeshire, the two sitting MPs of Stephen Crabb and Simon Hart have got a very good record of putting their constituencies first. UKIP’s message seems to be getting out, but if you have great concerns about Europe, like myself, and you want a say, if you vote for any other party you could wake up with Ed Milliband in number 10, and we would be heading further down the European route with no say on our destiny. I have great concerns about the European Union. What is going on now is not just about an economic union; we want control of our destiny.”

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Cyclist killed on A40 was serving police officer, force confirms

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A CYCLIST who died after a crash with a van on the A40 in Carmarthenshire was a serving police officer with Dyfed-Powys Police, the force has confirmed in a statement to Herald.Wales.

The driver of the van involved in the crash, which happened on Thursday (Feb 25) has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, it was confirmed on Friday (Feb 26).

Police are investigating the fatal collision, which caused the road to be closed for 12 hours, and are asking for any witnesses to come forward by calling 101.

37-year-old Lynwen Thomas, who is a former student at Ysgol Bro Myrddin, Croes-y-Ceiliog, Carmarthen, was a sergeant and a very well-respected member of Dyfed-Powys Police.

A spokesperson for the police said in a statement: “Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues, who have all been offered specialist support. We ask that family members are given the privacy they need at this difficult time.”

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Pembrokeshire residents urged to take a virtual GP consultation when offered

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PEMBROKESHIRE residents are being urged to take up the offer of a virtual consultation, over the phone or video call with their GP, to help Keep Wales Safe during the current lockdown ‘stay at home’ restrictions.

The way we access local NHS services is changing, with more ways in which you can consult your doctor or nurse. Most surgeries now offer telephone as well as electronic advice consultations in the first instance. Following your advice call, a face to face appointment may be organised, but video consultations are also available. You can now speak to a doctor or healthcare professional using the video camera in your smartphone, tablet or computer and a connection to the internet. This is often more convenient and can save you time, as you will not need to travel for a face-to-face appointment. The system used is confidential and secure.

In a recent YouGov survey carried out for the Welsh Government’s Keep Wales Safe campaign only 27% of residents in Mid and West Wales had made use of the GP virtual service over the past 12 months with just 57% having heard of the service. However, 88% believed it was important to have access to a remote GP consultation once they had learnt of its existence.

Jill Paterson, Director of Primary Care, Community and Long Term Care at Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “If you are offered a video consultation appointment this is because your Health Care Professional has indicated that is it safe and appropriate to do so. Your video appointment will be confidential and will not be recorded. If you require support please contact your GP surgery using the number provided in the appointment confirmation.”

She continued: “By putting off small problems or regular appointments you could potentially be putting more strain on NHS emergency services so please, help us to help you, do not put anything off. Local GP surgeries are open and are there to offer medical advice and consult patients.”

After being offered a video consultation you will be sent a letter, email or text with details of your appointment. This communication will contain details of the service that has requested to see you by video and have provided a web address link. You can type or copy the web address link into a web browser via an internet enabled device and this will take you to the video clinic waiting area.

  • In order to access your virtual appointment, you will need:
  • Access to a device that will allow you to access the internet. You should use Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge web browser on a desktop or laptop, or on an Android tablet or smartphone or Safari web browser on an Apple iMac, MacBook, iPad, or iPhone.
  • Your device will need a webcam (camera), speakers and microphone.
  • A good internet connection (if you can watch a YouTube video, this is good indication that you have a good connection).
  • An internet usage plan that is sufficient to cover the data consumption of a video call – ideally use a Wi-Fi connection if you have this available.

Sixty two percent of those surveyed by YouGov in Mid and West Wales said they will continue to access NHS services using the new ways that have been introduced as a result of the pandemic. The new methods include making more use of pharmacists; virtual GP consultations and using the NHS 111 online and telephone services.

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‘Cautious optimism’ for county’s tourism sector – but clarity still needed

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‘GIVE us clarity’ is the overriding message from the County’s tourism and hospitality businesses as the sector looks forward with cautious optimism to another busy season.

In a meeting hosted by Preseli Pembrokeshire MP Stephen Crabb, thirty key local businesses were able to share their views with Paul Davies MS, Pembrokeshire County Council, the National Park and Visit Pembrokeshire.

The meeting focussed on the need for business support measures so long as uncertainty remains over the timetable for re-opening the economy in Wales.

Stephen Crabb said: “There is a lot of belief around that this summer will see another ‘staycation’ boom so long as the vaccination programme continues to make good progress and infection rates fall. Pembrokeshire has had a lot of national media coverage in recent months and could experience a bumper season but it’s crucial we get the re-opening right. There is a clear need for some kind of timetable to help businesses prepare appropriately and for clear rules to avoid confusion and contradictory messages.”

Paul Davies said: “It was a pleasure to hear from tourism businesses across Pembrokeshire about some of the challenges that they’re currently facing. The message was pretty clear – they want clarity from the Welsh Government and some timescales by which they can start to plan for reopening. I’ll certainly be taking back the concerns highlighted during the meeting and raising them with Welsh Government Ministers at the Senedd.”

Emma Thornton from Visit Pembrokeshire added: “Great to attend the Hospitality and Tourism Round table event today and to have the opportunity to discuss the ongoing challenges our industry faces over the coming months but also to share a collective optimism for what we believe will be a really strong year for tourism in Pembrokeshire when we are able to reopen and welcome our visitors back.

“Visit Pembrokeshire as the new Destination Management (DMO) for Pembrokeshire will be working closely with local stakeholders and businesses to help realise this opportunity in a sustainable and responsible way mindful of protecting what makes our beautiful county so special”

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