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Simon Hart MP tables Brexit amendment backed by Rees Mogg

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LOCAL MP, Simon Hart, is among the signatories to a motion proposed for debate by the Commons on the future of the UK’s relationship with the EU.

Mr Hart, who backed remain in the Referendum but is co-chair of the backbench Brexit Delivery Group, has signed a motion supported by prominent Conservative remain-supporting MP Nicky Morgan.

Their signatures are joined by those of Jacob Rees Mogg, Iain Duncan Smith, former DExEU Minister Steve Baker (all of the ERG) and the DUP’s Nigel Dodds.

The range of support for the motion, covering almost every side of the Conservative Party, appears to countenance the possibility of a managed ‘no deal Brexit’.

Writing on his Facebook feed, Mr Hart said: “After the vote last night I met with the Nigel Dodds of the DUP, European Research Group (ERG) inc Steve Baker and Jacob Rees Mogg (by phone) and other colleagues including Kit Malthouse, Nicky Morgan, Ian Duncan Smith and Damian Green, to try and find a solution to the Brexit impasse. We have come up with an amendment (below) that we hope will be selected today and voted on. The Gov has confirmed it will be taken on a free vote, so no whipping.

“For the first time, we have all the interest groups on the same page.

“What does it do?

“1) defers our leaving date briefly until May 23rd enabling us to get the legislation we need in place. 2) retains the ability to settle a deal but failing that prepares for a final no-deal cut off in Dec 2021. 3) enables proper planning for that possibility. 4) keeps the door open for a deal in the meantime. 5) demonstrates that there is a solution that we can agree on, honours the referendum outcome and protects the interests of concerned remain voters and businesses.

“My intention is, therefore, to vote against a no-deal exit on March 29th (now just 12 days off and for which we are simply not prepared) because this amendment maintains the no-deal option.”

If the motion is selected for debate by the Speaker, which bearing in mind the range of support is likely, it will face the Commons tonight (Wednesday, March 13)

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Fishguard: Traws Cymru bus destroyed in vehicle fire

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THE TRAWS CYMRU T5 Bus caught fire on Friday evening (May 17) in Fishguard, no passengers onboard.

According to local reports, only the driver was in the bus, which was on the way back to the depot.

The Herald understands that the driver got off safely.

Police and fire service were at the scene and the blaze was quickly extinguished.

Bus enthusiast Jim Horrissey said on Facebook: “The bus was Optare Tempo X1200 YJ56 WUG.

“It had finished it’s device on the T11 and was heading back to Fishguard when the fire started. Nobody was hurt, and only the driver was onboard.”

The 19 year old bus was formerly on service with the Norfolk Green Line, which is owned by Stagecoach before being put into general Statecoach service.

It was most recently operated by Richard Brothers.

According to their website, The TrawsCymru T5 provides a regular and direct service along the scenic Cambrian Coast, linking Aberystwyth, Aberaeron, New Quay, Cardigan, Fishguard and Haverfordwest.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Parked up: Bus before the fire

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Dementia Action Week

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LIBRARIES across the county will be supporting Dementia Action Week this month.

Dementia Action Week (20-26 May) aims to unite individuals, workplaces and communities to take action and improve the lives of people living with dementia.

“Unfortunately there are many people living with dementia in Pembrokeshire,” said Laura Evans, Library Development Officer.

“It is important that we do all we can to raise awareness of the condition and to help those people who are living with it.”

Reminiscence sessions will be the focus in some libraries, with members of the public invited to bring along old photographs of their local area to help people recall events, places or people.

Craft activities will be taking place to make ‘twiddle sheets’, that provide visual, tactile and sensory stimulation to people with dementia, with the finished sheets being donated to local groups and charities.

Libraries in Pembrokeshire offer a range of books about dementia, including the ‘Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia’ collection.

The collection, which has been recommended by experts and endorsed by well-known charities and health organisations, provides information and advice for living well after diagnosis, as well as personal stories and practical support.

Information on all Dementia Action Week events taking place at local libraries will be available from:

· www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/libraries-and-culture,
· on the Libraries Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PembrokeshireLibraryService
· or ask at your local library for details

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TPS scam alert issued

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PEMBROKESHIRE Trading Standards are warning local residents of a current telephone scam.

Callers claiming to be from the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) have been phoning residents asking them to pay for the service or to update their contact details.

In fact, the TPS is free – and it does not contact its customers to update their details.

“The TPS is the official service for people to register to opt out of receiving marketing phone calls to land and mobile telephones. It is free and once a phone number is registered, it remains on the list with no need for it to be updated,” said Sandra McSparron, Trading Standards Officer at Pembrokeshire County Council.

“If you have been contacted by phone asking you to pay for TPS services, or update your details, it is a scam.”

Pembrokeshire Trading Standards has also received a report of someone being phoned regarding national insurance fraud and asking for details of the person’s National Insurance number.

Trading Standards would advise people not to share this information with unknown callers.

· If you suspect a scam call, hang up and report it to the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 040506 / 03454 040505 (Welsh Speaker).

· Registering your telephone number with the TPS can be done via their telephone number 0345 070 0707 or the website www.tpsonline.org.uk

· The Trading Standards Team offers talks to any groups in Pembrokeshire advising how to spot and avoid scams and what to do if you or someone you know is receiving these contacts. For further details please phone 01437 764551 or email tradingstandards@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

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