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EU elections: Brexit Party on top as Labour slumps in Wales

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LABOUR’s vote slumped across Wales in the elections to the European Parliament, as the Conservatives’ share went into freefall.

The Brexit Party – as predicted – finished comfortably top of the polls for the European Parliamentary elections while Plaid Cymru finished a very strong second, beating Labour in a Welsh national vote for the first time.

The only remaining question is whether the Liberal Democrats will have enough votes to deny Labour a single MEP from Wales.

The result is the first time that Labour has failed to top a Welsh national poll.

In Pembrokeshire, The Brexit Party polled over twice as many votes as its nearest rival, Plaid Cymru, with the Liberal Democrats in third and the Labour Party in fourth. The Conservatives polled barely one-quarter of the total number of votes gained by The Brexit Party.

In Carmarthenshire, The Brexit Party topped the poll, but the race was much closer between it and Plaid Cymru and Labour in a very distant third and the Conservatives fifth behind the Greens.

In Ceredigion, Plaid topped the poll with The Brexit Party in second, and Labour a distant fifth behind the Liberal Democrats and Greens. The Conservatives polled fewer than 1,000 votes.

In Cardiff, where it holds all four parliamentary constituencies and Assembly constituency seats, Labour has finished fourth and the Conservatives a very distant sixth.

The Conservatives have polled their lowest share of the vote across the UK since the Great Reform Act of 1832.

Results:
LAB – 127,000
LIB – 113,000
PLAID – 163,000
CON – 54,000
CUK – 24,000
GREEN – 52,000
BP – 271,000

Candidates Elected:
Nathan Lee Gill – The Brexit Party
Jill Evans – Plaid Cymru
James Freeman Wells – The Brexit Party
Jacqueline Margarete Jones – Labour

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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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Joinery learner through to Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year Finals

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PEMBROKESHIRE COLLEGE joinery learner, Conor Ratcliff has made it through to the final ten in this year’s Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year competition.

Now in its seventh year, the competition celebrates the next generation of tradespeople as they start out on their career. With over 2,500 nominations, Conor was shortlisted to the top 30 where he had to deliver a video presentation to industry-leading judges and trade body representatives. Judged on professionalism, creativity, innovation, enthusiasm and knowledge of their trade, Conor impressed the judges and is now in the final 10.  

Simon Jackson, Screwfix Customer and Digital director, commented: “Every year we are amazed by the outstanding quality of entrants and, this year, we are on the lookout for apprentices who go above and beyond to succeed within their chosen trade.

“We’ve seen how this career-boosting accolade and £10,000 prize bundle helps kickstart an apprentice’s career. I’d like to wish everyone through to this stage the best of luck!”

The prize package includes everything a future tradesperson may need to start up their own business including £5,000 of tools, a £3,000 training budget and £2,000 worth of technology. The college where they study will also receive £2,000.

Conor is thrilled to have made it through to the finals and commented: “I am extremely honoured to have made it this far in the competition and I am very excited for the final event. It would be an amazing opportunity for me, if I won this competition.

“I hope it encourages more people to consider an apprenticeship in a trade, the Carpentry and Joinery department have been incredibly supportive during my studies.”

The Final is due to take place imminently where the judges will conduct an online interview with the ten finalists before selecting and announcing their overall winner.

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