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pawprintTHIS WEEK Badger writes a slightly different column. It’s a letter. A letter to chair of the Corporate Governance Committee: Former council Cabinet stooge; one time aspirant to the leadership of the Labour Group; and a man who desperately wants to be County Council Chair in 2016/17. This week, readers, Badger writes to the voice of Ken, Ken Rowlands:

Dear Ken, A writer of The Pembrokeshire Herald phoned Badger on Monday evening. He was beside himself with grief and worry. And you caused it, Ken. You were responsible for this poor little lamb’s distress. There he was sitting and taking notes of a committee meeting which you were chairing when you said that the press would not report good news because it was not sensational enough. That was after you had opined ex cathedra about ‘lies’ appearing in the press. Lies, Ken. Really? Which lies were you thinking about? When you warned everyone about lies appearing in the press. were you thinking about the lies you have told over the years to your electors? Let’s focus in on a few of those shall we. Ken. Ken: You published your newsletter which claimed that you and the community council you chair. Johnston. had made representations to County Hall about the new school due to be

built in council. So we have a sense of completeness. Ken, you said this: “Members of the Community Council joined with me to help make an informed decision at County Hall … when the proposals were then submitted to the Welsh Government for approval.” But Ken, as the then Cabinet Spokesperson for Education, any influence you brought to bear would have been wholly inappropriate due to your disqualifying interest as a governor of Johnston School. A fact you had previously recognized yourself and one which the reporter who was at the committee meeting asked !PPG leader Jamie Adams about when he saw your newsletter. For the record, Ken, this is what your leader said at the time: “What Cllr Rowlands was referring to in his newsletter was discussions he had held with his electorate about potential sites for the new school and not about associated matters connected to the school, such as funding and planning issues which have yet to be decided.” Can you spot the difference between those two positions. Ken? Badger can, Ken. Badger can. One of you is not telling the truth, Ken. Is it you or Jamie Adams? Please. Ken, let Badger know whether you simply embroidered the facts or breached the Code of Conduct. Now. Ken: you have form about Johnston School. Ken. Don’t you?

In 2012, Ken, you told your electors that you had secured £7m of funding for a new school in Johnston. Do you remember that Ken? It was another case of can-do Ken answering a question nobody was asking. But, Ken, let’s look at what your Leader, Jamie Adams, said about it: “It was essential to note that these were only approvals at an outline stage. At this stage, therefore, it was impossible to provide members with certainty about the confirmed inclusion of specific projects, their timescales or their prioritisation across the entire programme.” That’s not ‘committed funding’, Ken, which is what you claimed. Can you spot the difference between those two positions, Ken? Badger can, Ken. Badger can. One of you is not telling the truth, Ken. Is it you or Jamie Adams? Please, Ken, let Badger know whether you simply embroidered the facts or breached the Code of Conduct by using your position on the council to leak confidential information favourable to you to the electorate. In 2008. Ken, you told the Labour Party that you were their man; their candidate for Johnston. And then Ken, in appropriately biblical fashion, you claimed a sudden conversion. A conversion so sudden and dramatic that it happened too late for the Labour Party to select an alternative candidate. You claimed after the election that your defection was not

motivated by the offer of a Cabinet post, you also claimed that your decision to join the Independent Political Group was made after the election. But Ken, you and me know that isn’t true. If its untrue, why would your name and the name of other official Labour Party candidates who subsequently joined you in the then MG, have appeared on a list of safe !PG seats produced before the 2008 election? Why would your name appear on documents showing you to be a key recruiter for the IPG at the count for the 2008 election? Are all of the documents containing your name about the 2008 election a conspiracy to implicate you in the biggest electoral rook in Pembrokeshire’s recent past? That’s not changing tack after the election. Can you spot the difference between those two positions, Ken? Badger can. Ken. Badger can. Either the documents are not telling the truth, or you are not. Which is it. Ken? Last weekend. The Pembrokeshire Herald related the content of a conversation that took place between you and your former Cabinet colleague David Simpson. In that conversation you confirmed a rumour that it was Rob Lewis who told you of your appointment to the committee investigating Bryn Parry-Jones’ conduct; that at the same meeting you were told to ‘keep your mouth shut’ while on that committee; that the meeting in which you

were told the above took place in the presence of a Council Officer. We were able to report that because Cllr David Simpson told our assistant editor about the conversation between you. Badger is inclined to believe ClIr Simpson. Badger thinks that a lot of others will, too. If you maintain that any of the above is ‘a lie’. Ken – write to Badger and let him know. He has had one of his little woodland chums trawl through our past letters and emails to see if you have ever complained about any ‘lies’ about you in this paper. They found not a single scrap of correspondence. Funny that. So, Ken, before you next abuse your position as the Chair of a council committee to try and settle scores, Badger invites you to just answer the questions posed of you above. If you can. Love and sloppy kisses

PS: One more thing Ken, don’t you think your electors would be served better if you were a voice FOR Johnston?

 

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Plaid’s Dafydd Llywelyn re-elected as Police and Crime Commissioner

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THE NEW Police and Crime Commissioner for the Dyfed Powys Area has been announced.

Incumbent, Dafydd Llywelyn, of Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales, has been re-elected for a second term.

The election was held Thursday, 06 May 2021, at the same time as the Senedd Cymru elections.

In order to follow all coronavirus regulations, the count for this election was held on Sunday, 09 May 2021.

The announcement was made in Ceredigion, at the Ysgol Bro Teifi, Llandysul.

Dafydd Llywelyn, was first elected as one of the two new Plaid Cymru PCCs during 2016’s election and is the PCC for Dyfed-Powys Police. 

The force covers over half the land mass of Wales and during the PCC elections had the highest turnout of all PCC elections at 49%.

Mr Llywelyn is a former Principal Intelligence Analyst and worked within Police Intelligence for many years before, in 2014, moving to Aberystwyth University to lecture on Criminology. His career has provided him with considerable insight into core policing issues as well as an understanding of what the public want from the service. He has pledged to reinvest in CCTV and prevention activities and has refused to appoint a deputy.

Standing against him were three other candidates – Jon Burns (Conservative); Philippa Thompson (Labour) and Glyn Preston (Welsh Liberal Democrats).

The results for Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner’s elections were as follows:

1st Round

Jon Burns (Conservatives); 69,112

Dafydd Llywelyn (Plaid Cymru); 68208

Philippa Thompson (Labour): 48033

Glyn Preston (Welsh Liberal Democrats) 17649

2nd Round

Jon Burns: 8209

Dafydd Llywelyn: 26280

This was the third time police and crime commissioner elections have been held. The election was originally due to take place in May 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new PCC term begins on Thursday, May 13, 2021.

Under the terms of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, PCCs must:

  • secure an efficient and effective police for their area;
  • appoint the Chief Constable, hold them to account for running the force, and if necessary dismiss them;
  • set the police and crime objectives for their area through a police and crime plan;
  • set the force budget and determine the precept;
  • contribute to the national and international policing capabilities set out by the Home Secretary; and
  • bring together community safety and criminal justice partners, to make sure local priorities are joined up.

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Counting underway following police and crime commissioner vote

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COUNTING is under way to find out who will be the four police and crime commissioners (PCCs) in Wales today (Sunday, May 9).

Polls were held on Thursday for South Wales Police, Dyfed-Powys Police, North Wales Police and Gwent Police alongside the Senedd election on Thursday (May 6).

With the exception of the North Wales Commissioner, all the incumbents are running again.  

The rules of the election are that unless a candidate gets more than 50% of votes in the first round of counting, then all but the top two candidates are eliminated from the election, and secondary votes on the ballot paper are then counted.

In Pembrokeshire the count is taking place for the Preseli constituency and the West Carmarthenshire and South Pembrokeshire constituency at the County Show Ground.

When will the news Commissioner be sworn in?

The swearing of the oath will also take place today, Sunday (May 9), and the elected Police and Crime Commissioner’s new term in office will start on May 13.

“The Police and Crime Commissioner Elections (Declaration of Acceptance of Office) Order prescribes the form of words that the elected Police and Crime Commissioners will be required to declare before they take office,” said a PCC spokesperson.

“The term of a person elected as a PCC at an ordinary election begins on the seventh (calendar) day after the day of the poll, and ends with the sixth (calendar) day following the subsequent poll.

“The term for incumbent PCCs should cease on May 12, and the newly or re-elected PCC will commence in office on May 13.

What is a Police and Crime Commissioner?

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) were elected In 40 force areas across England and Wales. Every force area is represented by a PCC, except Greater Manchester and London, where PCC responsibilities lie with the Mayor.

The role of the PCCs is to be the voice of the people and hold the police to account. They are responsible for the totality of policing.

PCCs aim to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service within their force area.

PCCs have been elected by the public to hold Chief Constables and the force to account, effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.

PCCs ensure community needs are met as effectively as possible, and are improving local relationships through building confidence and restoring trust. They work in partnership across a range of agencies at local and national level to ensure there is a unified approach to preventing and reducing crime.

Who are the candidates?

Standing again: Dafydd Llywelyn

The incumbent, Dafydd Llywelyn, was elected as one of the two new Plaid Cymru PCCs during 2016’s election and is the PCC for Dyfed-Powys Police. 

The force covers over half the land mass of Wales and during the PCC elections had the highest turnout of all PCC elections at 49%.

Hoping to be re-elected, Dafydd is a former Principal Intelligence Analyst and worked within Police Intelligence for many years before, in 2014, moving to Aberystwyth University to lecture on Criminology. His career has provided him with considerable insight into core policing issues as well as an understanding of what the public want from the service. He has pledged to reinvest in CCTV and prevention activities and has refused to appoint a deputy.

Standing against him are three other candidates – Jon Burns (Conservative); Philippa Thompson (Labour) and Glyn Preston (Welsh Liberal Democrats).

Under the terms of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, PCCs must:

  • secure an efficient and effective police for their area;
  • appoint the Chief Constable, hold them to account for running the force, and if necessary dismiss them;
  • set the police and crime objectives for their area through a police and crime plan;
  • set the force budget and determine the precept;
  • contribute to the national and international policing capabilities set out by the Home Secretary; and
  • bring together community safety and criminal justice partners, to make sure local priorities are joined up.

How the voting works

If there are more than two candidates, the Police and Crime Commissioner is elected under the supplementary vote system: 

  • A voter can vote for a first and second choice candidate they want to elect.
  • If a candidate obtains more than 50% of the first choice votes, they will be declared elected.
  • If no candidate obtains more than 50% of the first choice votes, all candidates except for those in first and second place are eliminated.
  • The ballot papers showing a first preference for one of the eliminated candidates are checked for their second preference.
  • Any second preference votes for the remaining two candidates are then added to their first preference votes and the candidate with the most votes is elected.

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Multiple RNLI lifeboats launched to aid yacht in distress

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THE NEW QUAY RNLI lifeboat has rescued a stricken yacht, with the casualty evacuated by helicopter. 

On Saturday (May 8) New Quay lifeboat ‘The Frank and Lena Clifford of Stourbridge’, was paged at 9.06am by HM Coastguard to search for a yacht in difficulty 10 miles west of Aberystwyth with two persons on board. 

The Mersey class lifeboat launched at 9.20am with seven volunteer crew members on board to search for the 9m vessel, which had travelled up from Pembrokeshire, in a moderate south-westerly wind. 

The yacht, on passage from Fishguard to Aberystwyth, was experiencing mechanical and communications problems, and had failed to berth in Aberystwyth marina due to the tide. The severely fatigued crew had raised the alarm by mobile phone when they realised they were in trouble, struggling with the winds and poor visibility.  

Daniel Potter, New Quay RNLI Coxswain said, “We proceeded to the position given but on arrival another position was given 10 miles further north, and then again 5 miles north east. We searched for over an hour for the vessel as they had become lost in the deteriorating weather conditions. Barmouth lifeboat was also requested to launch but stood down as we located the vessel.  

“When we located them, we had to act quickly as we found her close to shore and in danger of going aground on the reef near Tywyn. I had one opportunity and we took it, we set up a tow and pulled her into deeper water.  

“We then requested to launch Aberdyfi’s lifeboat to assist us with getting crew on board as we had concerns over the health and wellbeing of the stricken vessel’s crew. Two volunteer crew from Aberdyfi and one from New Quay boarded the yacht. They assessed the casualty and it was decided as a matter of urgency to evacuate one of them. We requested an immediate helicopter evacuation, and HM Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 936 arrived and transferred the casualty to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. 

“It was quite an ordeal for the yacht, but it wasn’t over as we had to get the last of the crew members and the boat to safety. Aberdyfi lifeboat then transferred another one of our crew onto the yacht when they took theirs off and returned to station, and we began the tow to Aberystwyth.  

“On approach to Aberystwyth we requested assistance from Aberystwyth lifeboat who launched and met us outside the harbour to transfer the tow into the marina, and to deliver us much needed supplies, fish and chips! 

“We then headed home and returned to New Quay by 6pm, nine hours after launching. It was a very long day in difficult conditions. However, it was a fantastic effort by everyone, and we want to say a big thank you to all lifeboats and crew involved, and the helicopter. It was an amazing team effort by all.” 

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI Operations Manager added, “We would like to give our thanks to all the lifeboat stations involved. It was a great joint endeavour by Cardigan Bay lifeboat stations. The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea and our volunteer crew are on call 24/7. Remember if you find yourself or see anyone else in trouble at sea or on the coast call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.” 

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