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Stephen Crabb MP accused of sending ‘sex texts’ on WhatsApp

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Stephen Crabb: Accused by Times of sending sex texts on WhatsApp

Stephen Crabb: Accused by Times of sending sex texts on WhatsApp

AFTER dropping out of the Tory leadership race, Preseli Pembrokeshire MP, Stephen Crabb, has found himself bundled back into the limelight.

Details of flirtatious and salacious messages sent to an unidentified woman were published in The Times today (Sat, Jul 9) and repeated online on other national newspapers’ websites.

It appears likely from the context in which the messages appeared that the texts’ disclosure is a calculated political smear. That inference can be justified by reference to the fact that their emergence into the public sphere came, according to The Daily Telegraph, when: ‘A source passed the messages to the Times, saying they were concerned about Mr Crabb’s hypocrisy following his declaration at the leadership hustings that he could be trusted on his judgment and values’.

There is no suggestion that Mr Crabb has done anything other than engage in what is, by any measure, remarkably foolish flirtation and exchange of explicit messages with a member of the opposite sex other than his wife.

Mr Crabb has professed his strong Christian faith and its importance to his politics. However, the intrusion into a private matter between two individuals in relation to which the most that can be said is that Mr Crabb has found an unfortunate way to become a household name, suggests that when it comes to dirty tricks and stabbing each other in the back, the Conservatives are well ahead of the Labour Party.

Ironically, one of Mr Crabb’s earlier texts remarks on the fact that the febrile atmosphere of politics and working away from home lead some MPs to become risk-takers.

Mr Crabb has declined to make any comment on the content of the texts, although on his comments regarding risk-taking by MPs, he observed: “That’s true observation, isn’t it?”

The most recent messages disclosed took place before the recent EU Referendum, when Mr Crabb was firmly against pulling out.

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Meet the Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor

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A NEW Pembrokeshire business is proving to be an inspiration for young people after its recent launch.

The Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor is the brainchild of Ewan Griffiths, who turned his dream into reality thanks to the advice and support of Cam Nesa.

The project aims to reduce the number of young people aged 16-24 who are not in education, training or employment.

Before signing up to Cam Nesa, Ewan was out of work and struggling for direction, and anxiety was preventing him from maximising his potential.

Throughout his journey with Cam Nesa, Ewan worked closely with youth worker Donna Wright to devise a plan that provided support and guidance to improve his confidence and self-esteem, and provide mechanisms for coping with anxiety.

In addition, the project provided Ewan with opportunities to gain qualifications and obtain information that would help him with starting his own business.

Ewan’s message to other young people is simple, “If you find yourself struggling, there is help.”

“Cam Nesa supported me in all aspects of my plan, and working with Donna was fantastic.”

“I would definitely encourage others to reach out for support.”

Donna Wright, who supported Ewan throughout his Cam Nesa journey, said that the launch of his new business is a great source of pride for Cam Nesa and Pembrokeshire Youth Service.

“Ewan has come on leaps and bounds, and it was his engagement and determination that has made his outcome with Cam Nesa so successful and inspiring”, she said.

“Congratulations Ewan on your achievements, and we all wish you good luck with your new business.”

The Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor provides repairs and servicing for mowers, strimmers, hedge cutters, and most agricultural engines, with the mobile service providing collection and returns.

For more information, search ‘Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor’ on Facebook.

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Milford Haven: Mount estate death not being treated as suspicious say police

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POLICE have confirmed that following a welfare visit to a property in Mount Estate, they discovered a male occupant, in his 30’s, in need of medical help.

Despite the best efforts of medical staff he sadly passed away on Sunday.

A spokesperson for the police confirmed to The Pembrokeshire Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police attended a property at the Mount Estate, Milford Haven on Friday 30th April 2021, following a report of concern for the welfare of the occupier.

“A male was taken to hospital where he died on Sunday 2nd May 2021.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious.”

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Polling station changes in Pembrokeshire

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POLLING STATIONS in Pembrokeshire are open today (May 6) but a small number may have changed from the last time you voted.

In Neyland, the polling station will be at the new Community Hub building on John Street.

St Katherine’s Church Hall will be the new host for the station in Milford Haven, having previously been held at the Murray Suite in the town hall.

A polling station will be placed at the leisure centre in Haverfordwest while one at Trecwn has been moved to the Gate, Scleddau.

Voters in the county will be electing for the Preseli Pembrokeshire and the Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire constituencies.

People will also be able to select five MSs to represent the Mid and West Wales Region.

The candidate with the most votes will win the constituency but the ballot for the region will be decided by a different process.

People will be elected according to their share of the vote, using a mathematical process, and gives parties who may have won fewer or no constituencies a better chance of winning regional ones.

It will also be a big day for 16 and 17 year olds as they will be able to vote in Welsh elections for the first time.

The ballots will be counted on Friday (May 7) with results expected to come in from the afternoon.

Polling stations opened at 7am and will close at 10pm.

All those who vote will be required to stick to Covid-19 safety measures including wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing.

Clean pencils will be available but voters can bring their own pen or pencil.

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