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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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Pembroke Dock: Two in hospital following Fort Road car accident

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EMERGENCY SERVICES dealt with what has been described by a witness as a “horrific car accident” in the Pembroke Dock area on Wednesday night (Jun 12).

A 23-year-old woman, driving a black BMW, travelled down Fort Road at speed, hit a low wall, catapulting the vehicle some considerable distance across a picnic area. The vehicle ended up irreparably damaged on the beach – which was luckily not in use at the time – landing next to the old Cambridge Gun Tower.

No other vehicles seem to have been involved, police said.

The driver has been arrested but remains in hospital in Cardiff, one passenger is in a critical but stable condition, again in Cardiff, and a second passenger sustained only minor injuries.

A spokesperson for Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 10.45pm on Wednesday night (Jun 23), to reports of a road traffic accident near the Fort Road car park in Pembroke Dock.

“We attended the scene with one rapid response vehicle, two emergency ambulances and our Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service.

“Two people were taken to University Hospital Wales, Cardiff for further treatment.”

The police are appealing in the media for information following the crash.

An official statement from the police reads as follows: “We were called to Fort Road, Pembroke Dock, at around 10.45pm on Wednesday night to reports of a single-vehicle collision. Ambulance and fire service also attended.

“A 19-year-old man was taken to the Heath Hospital in Cardiff and remains in a critical but stable condition.

“A second passenger attended hospital for minor injuries but has since been discharged. A 23-year-old woman was arrested, and currently remains in hospital.

“Anyone who witnessed the collision but who has not yet spoken to us should get in touch by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, visiting our website, or calling 101.

UPDATE: 24.06.2021, 15:47HRS

On Thursday (Jun 24) said that the female who was arrested was de-arrested because of the need for medical treatment, and is “no longer under arrest at this time.”

The police also added that their investigation was “still active”.

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Pembrokeshire call handler helps deliver Llanelli couple’s new baby

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A 999 CALL HANDLER from Pembrokeshire has helped deliver a Llanelli couple’s baby.

Father-of-two Chris Bassett, from Hook, answered the call from the Trust’s Clinical Contact Centre in Carmarthen, and whose instructions on loudspeaker enabled the pair to deliver their 8lb 1oz new arrival safely.

Thanks to Chris, Troy Smith, 34, and partner Abigail Jones, 33, delivered baby Arabella Dilys Smith in the bedroom of their Llanelli home.

Troy said: “I’ve never felt adrenaline like it but I knew I had to focus on the situation for Abigail and the baby’s sake.

“It all happened so quickly, but Chris’ voice on the other end of the phone kept us calm.”

Abigail, a teacher at Ysgol Carreg Hir in Briton Ferry, went into labour at around 10.00pm on Thursday, June 3, and made a trip to hospital, where nurses confirmed she was in the early stages.

The couple returned to their Pwll home, but their soon-to-be daughter had other ideas.

Troy said: “At around 4.30am, Abigail developed a lot of pain and said she had an urge to push.

“I thought, ‘Right, this is happening’ and phoned an ambulance because I knew I’d be delivering the baby right there and then.”

It was Chris, a former RAF Aerospace Systems Operator, who picked up the call in the early hours of Friday, June 4.

The 29-year-old, who has been with the Welsh Ambulance Service for 18 months, said: “As soon as I answered the call, it was obvious that Troy and Abigail were in distress, as anyone would be in that situation.

“The priority was to get Abigail in a comfortable position to deliver the baby safely.

“For me, it was about giving them clear instructions while trying to keep them both calm.”

Troy added: “I just did what came naturally. When you’re in that situation, you just do it.

“As soon as Arabella came, I felt this wave of relief and I just couldn’t believe how gorgeous she was.

“Chris was so professional and handled the situation really well.

“He gave us all the information and kept us calm.”

Ambulance crews arrived soon after, and took Abigail to Carmarthen’s Glangwili General Hospital, where she was treated for shock before being discharged the following day.

Abigail said: “The whole thing was petrifying because I just never expected to be having the baby at home, but we’re so grateful to Chris for helping us to deliver Arabella safely.”

Chris added: “In your role as a 999 call handler, you’re helping people in their darkest hour, but I’m just glad this call had a happy ending.

“This is the third baby I’ve helped to deliver during my time at the ambulance service, but the first one I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.”

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Covid causes partial school closure at Haverfordwest High VC

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A PARTIAL school closure is in force today at Haverfordwest High VC school after a pupil in year 9 has tested positive for coronavirus.

All students in year 9 must stay at home , isolate and await further instruction while the school completes all of the necessary Track and Trace processes.

In a statement released by the school, they said: “We have been informed that a Year 9 pupil has tested positive for COVID-19.

“We wish them a speedy recovery.

“As a precautionary measure and to enable us to complete all of the necessary Track and Trace processes, the school will be closed to Year 9 Pupils today.

“The school remains open to all other year groups.

“Until further notice, Year 9 students should stay at home and isolate until further instructions are given. Lessons for all other year groups will continue as usual. Unless your child is in Year 9 they should attend school.”

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