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Paul Davies wins Welsh Conservative group leader election

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PAUL DAVIES is the new leader of the Welsh Conservative group in the assembly.

The announcement was made this morning (Sept 6), following a ballot of members, at Ffos Las Racecourse, Kidwelly.

Speaking after the result, the AM for Preseli Pembrokeshire, said: “I am humbled to have won the support of so many MPs, AMs, Councillors, activists and grassroots supporters from across Wales.

“This campaign leaves the Welsh Conservative Party in a stronger position having had this period of debate, but most importantly, I am proud that this campaign has been entirely positive and based on the issues that matter.”

About his leadership rival, he said: “Suzy Davies fought an optimistic and forward-looking campaign, and I look forward to working closely with her, and the rest of the Welsh Conservative team, over the coming months and years.

“By working together as a united party and offering a coherent vision of what our country can achieve, the Welsh Conservatives are Wales’ best hope of ending a generation of uninterrupted Labour rule in Cardiff Bay.”

The declaration was made by the Chairman of the Welsh Conservatives, Byron Davies. He said: “I’d like to thank both Paul and Suzy for their exemplary campaigns. They worked hard, stayed focused and remained positive throughout.

“With Paul as our new group leader in the assembly, we can now get on with the business of holding Welsh Labour to account and speaking up for the people of Wales as the only real credible alternative for government.’

Suzy Davies, AM for South Wales West, said she was disappointed by the result, but pledged her support for the new leader.

She said: “The prize here is much bigger than this contest – it is a Wales for the future, not a Wales of the past.  I congratulate Paul and wish him well. He has my personal support in our march forward.

She went on:  I am profoundly grateful to those who voted for me but I know they understand, even in a competition like this, we are all on the same side.  And we need to be if Wales is to see that life beyond Labour is worth fighting for.”

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Milford Haven: Man charged over two burglaries and criminal damage

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE have released an update in relation to the spate of burglaries in Milford Haven

34-year-old Thomas John Picton has been charged with two burglaries and criminal damage in the town.

He is, say police, suspected of being involved in a burglary carried out at Cohen’s pharmacy of November 26, another at Heaven Scent shop and criminal damage to a door at The Precinct on the same date.

He will appear before Llanelli Magistrates’ Courts this morning (Dec 3).

An arrest has also been made in relation to a more recent burglary at the Royal British Legion on December 11. He was also arrested on suspicion of possession of class A.B and C drugs. He has been released under investigation.

One suspect is outstanding.

Some 11 arrests have now been made in connection with a spate of burglaries that has targeted businesses and homes in the town.

Dyfed-Powys Police has vowed to continue to crack down on suspects and prevent further burglaries in the lead up to Christmas.

Sergeant Terri Harrison from Milford Haven’s Neighbourhood Policing team said: “Hopefully this arrest provides some reassurance to the public following recent burglaries in the town. One burglary is one too many, and we will ensure that it will remain a priority for us, ensuring that we bring as much patrol cover and preventative effort as we possibly can.

“We are also aware of the impact that burglaries can have on individual householders and businesses alike. Don’t make it easy for them, stay alert to your surroundings and report anything suspicious to police immediately no matter how insignificant it may seem. The report of a suspicious vehicle or people acting strangely in your neighbourhood can help us to prevent and detect crime. We need to work together to tackle this.”

Chief Inspector Harries added: “There has been a significant amount of work carried out by the Criminal Investigation Department, response officers and neighbourhood policing teams from across the county to tackle this rise in burglary offences. We are committed to maintaining patrols in the area and seek support from the community to report any concerns.”

If you would like further advice on home security you can contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101.

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Carmarthen West & South Pembs still blue as Hart increases majority

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SIMON HART has retained his Carmarthen West & South Pembrokeshire seat with an increased majority.

Polling over 22,000 votes, he comfortably saw off the challenge of Labour’s Marc Tierney, who recorded just shy of 14,500 votes.

Plaid’s Dr Rhys Thomas polled over 3,000 votes in third. Alistair Cameron of the Liberal Democrats finished fourth.

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Stephen Crabb demolishes Labour with his biggest ever majority

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POLLING the largest ever number of votes for the Conservatives in Preseli Pembrokeshire, Stephen Crabb increased his majority in yesterday’s General Election.

Mr Crabb polled 21,381 votes against his nearest rival’s (Labour’s Philippa Thompson) 16,319.

Plaid Cymru finished third with 2,776 votes and the Liberal Democrats trailed home in fourth with 1,943 votes.

After Returning Officer Ian Westley announced the outcome, Mr Crabb gave a notably short victory speech in which he concentrated on thanking his opponents for a good campaign fought hard but with little personal rancour.

Philippa Thompson called on Mr Crabb to work for the benefit of all his constituents in response.

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