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Stephen Crabb’s comments on Prime Minister’s resignation

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STEPHEN CRABB MP has commented tollowing the news of the Prime Minister’s resignation today (Friday, 24 May). Theresa May will stand down on June 7.

Mr Crabb said: “I’ve supported the Prime Minister over the last three years, both in public and in private, and I believe she has done her very best against almost impossible odds and I thank her for that.

“However, since Easter it has been increasingly clear that there will be no progress on Brexit under this Prime Minister and now is the time to turn the page to get a new leader in place.

“However, changing leader is no quick fix for our deeply divided country and I have said to a number of potential candidates that they should not pretend that the complexities of Brexit have gone away.

“Compromises will still need to be made, whoever takes over, but hopefully a new Prime Minister, bringing a fresh pair of eyes and ears, can find a way forward for the sake of the whole country.“

The Former Cabinet minister and Preseli Pembrokeshire MP Stephen Crabb had called for the PM to be replaced within weeks yesterday.

The former Welsh Secretary and one-time contender for his Party’s leadership made his call in an interview with BBC Wales.

Speaking to The Herald Stephen Crabb said: “I’ve supported the PM over the last three years, both in public and in private, and I believe she has done her very best against almost impossible odds.
“However, since Easter, it has been increasingly clear that there will be no progress on Brexit under this Prime Minister and we need to turn the page to get a new leader in place – sooner rather than later.
“I absolutely don’t think changing leader is a quick fix and I have said to Boris Johnson and a number of other potential candidates that they should not pretend that the complexities of Brexit have gone away.
“Compromises will still need to be made, whoever takes over, but hopefully a new Prime Minister, bringing a fresh pair of eyes and ears, can find a way forward for the sake of the whole country. “

The stench of decay surrounding Theresa May’s premiership has finally become so intolerable that even MPs who have remained loyal to the PM’s pursuit of a Withdrawal Agreement now say it is time for the PM to go and go soon.
Mr Crabb and Mrs May are not natural political allies. Mr Crabb stood against the PM for the leadership of the Conservative Party and, despite his status as a former Cabinet minister, has remained a backbencher at a time when Conservative front bench talent has been notably thin.

Regardless of whether Mr Crabb’s exclusion from the government is by his choice or the PM’s, he has remained a vocal supporter of the Prime Minister’s efforts to secure a negotiated Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and EU.
However, although he has backed her efforts to get it through Parliament in the teeth of opposition from all sides, he says the PM’s approach no longer has his support.

Mr Crabb told BBC Wales on Wednesday that his party has “come to the end of the road with this prime minister”.
“We are at a moment where we do need to turn a page and look at a new prime minister coming in the next few weeks,” he said.
“It is clear talking to colleagues from all parts of the parliamentary party, even the more moderate centrists, that for all her efforts Theresa May hasn’t been able to deliver this pragmatic Brexit.
“We need to turn the page as quickly as possible and get into the leadership contest, which has already started in all but name.”

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Further coronavirus restriction relaxations brought forward

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FURTHER changes to the coronavirus restrictions have been announced by the First Minister Mark Drakeford today.

The Welsh Government has confirmed further relaxations will be brought forward from 17 May to 3 May – including the resumption of indoor supervised activities for children, indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults, such as exercise classes, and the re-opening of community centres.

This means Wales will have completed the move to Alert Level 3 by Monday 3 May.

From Saturday 24 April, the rule of 6 will allow for up to six people from six households to meet outdoors, not including children under 11 years of age or carers from those households.

The Welsh Government has also confirmed the relaxations that will take place on Monday 26 April. Outdoor attractions, including outdoor swimming pools, funfairs and theme parks, will be allowed to reopen, while outdoor hospitality can also resume, including at cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people will be able to take place and weddings receptions can begin again outdoors for up to 30 people.

Wales has the lowest coronavirus rates of the UK nations.  The successful vaccine programme continues with a higher proportion of people vaccinated in Wales than other nations of the UK for both first and second doses.

Changes from Monday 3 May:

  • Gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities being able to reopen;
  • People will also again be able to form extended households with one other household.

Relaxations planned for 17 May will be brought forward to the 3 May, including:

  • The resumption of indoor supervised activities for children;
  • Indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults (such as exercise classes and swimming lessons);
  • And the re-opening of community centres.

The First Minister said:

“The sacrifices we have made continue to show results. By us all working together and sticking to the rules, combined with our vaccination programme, mean we continue to make progress. Rates of the virus continue to fall and the public health situation is improving. 

“Due to these efforts we are able confirm more easing of the restrictions from 26 April and for early May we are again able to bring forward some of our plans. However, this progress is dependent on all of us continuing to work together to keep Wales safe.

“At the last three-week review, I set out a forward-look of how the restrictions could continue to be lifted in the weeks ahead, if the public health situation remains stable.

“It will be for the incoming Welsh Government to confirm these arrangements at the next three-week review, which will be held on May 13 – a week after the election. It is my assessment that the hospitality sector – bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes – will be able to open indoors from May 17, together with all other tourist accommodation, indoor entertainment and attractions.”

Further possible easements are subject to the public health situation remaining favourable.

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Tragedy above Milford Haven takeaway

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DYFED POWYS POLICE has confirmed that a 20-year-old male passed away in Milford Haven last Saturday, April 17.

Police were called to the USA Fried Chicken store on Charles Street at around 1:30pm but have said there are no suspicious circumstances.

A Herald reporter was at the scene and witnessed a number of police cars and an ambulance while plain-clothed officers were also seen.

HM Coroner has been informed.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson added: “We were called to Charles Street in Milford Haven on Saturday 17 April at approximately 1.34pm to reports of a medical emergency. We attended the scene with one emergency ambulance where we assisted colleagues from the police.”

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Tavernspite School the ‘healthiest of schools despite the pandemic’

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THE STAFF, governors, parents, and of course, the children of Tavernspite Community Primary School are delighted to gain the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes National Quality Award for an incredible 5th time after a recent and very rigorous assessment.

The school is already well known and highly regarded for its outstanding work in developing the health and wellbeing of all members of its school community. To achieve this prestigious recognition in the midst of a pandemic is all the more impressive. 

Health and Wellbeing at the school is led by teacher, Lauren Arthur, who has done an incredible job preparing for this re-assessment and raising the profile of the Healthy Schools scheme.

The assessor Mrs Lynne Perry, enjoyed a virtual tour and presentation by Year 3 pupils who took great pleasure in proudly showing Mrs Perry all the wonderful work the school has done to ensure its children are safe, happy with high levels of emotional and physical wellbeing.

In her report, Mrs Perry wrote, ‘Tavernspite School continues to be an outstanding health promoting school. The health promoting school ethos is evident across the whole school population and it runs seamlessly throughout everything that the school does. Tavernspite School continues to give high priority to promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of the whole school community.’

The school received fantastic support from Mrs Liz Western, Senior Public Health Officer and Lead for Healthy Schools and Pre-schools, Pembrokeshire, to whom they are very grateful.

Head teacher Kevin Phelps said, ‘We were delighted to receive this award for the fifth time, particularly considering the experiences we have all been through these past twelve months. Health and wellbeing has never been so important and we are proud to be leading the way like this.’

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