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Stephen Crabb MP: ‘Boris Johnson should resign and he should resign quickly’

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STEPHEN CRABB has commented at length regards the ongoing poltiical critis surrounding the Prime Minister, Boris Johnston.

The Preseli Pembrokeshire MP. himself a former junior government minister, say he voted against the PM during the confidence vote.

In is article, written excusively for The Pembrokeshire Hearld’s edition this Friday, Stephen Crabb MP said: “For a full eight months our national politics has been dominated by one theme above all others: the fitness of Boris Johnson to be Prime Minister.

He writes: ‘Ever since he asked his MP’s to vote to blow up the standards procedures in Parliament, in order to protect one colleague who had fallen foul of the rules about second jobs, an increasing number of Conservatives have come to the conclusion that he is not the right person to be leading our country.

‘Many of us who refused to support that vote back in November were willing to give the Prime Minister another chance to show that he could lead with good judgement. But we made clear that we did not want to see further episodes like this.

‘The Ukraine crisis has provided an opportunity for the Prime Minister to play to his strengths. He has shown a clarity and sense of purpose about the Russian threat that some other European leaders have shied away from.

‘But, at the same time, he struggled to fight off the questions over his handling of the allegations about Covid rule-breaking in Downing Street. As loyal Conservative voters expressed their anger and frustration to us about the reports of parties and other gatherings, the response from inside Number 10 fell short of being an honest and straightforward account.

‘Given the outcome of the Police investigation, and the damning content of the Gray Report into the matter, a majority of us on the backbenches came to a clear view that the only way for a line to be drawn properly under the matter would be for Boris Johnson to resign.

‘I voted against the Prime Minister when we were given the opportunity in the vote of confidence a month ago. The majority of backbenchers did likewise. But he was able to stay in post as a result of the votes of ministers and others on the so-called government ‘payroll’.

‘In the run-up to that vote a handful of constituents contacted me to urge that we give Boris another chance. Pembrokeshire was a Brexit-voting County and many local people credit Boris with getting it across the line.

‘But I have no doubt whatsoever that a majority of my constituents now want to see him move aside to allow fresh leadership to come forward. Every day I open my email inbox; every Q&A session I hold in the constituency; every time I visit Tesco or Morrisons in Haverfordwest, the feedback I receive is consistent and overwhelming: Boris Johnson should resign.

‘The latest episode that has dominated the news this week has just shone a spotlight again on the same basic questions about honesty that have hung over the Prime Minister all year. But the truth is that, among voters, the dial has already shifted.

‘On Tuesday night some senior members of the Cabinet decided to take the difficult decision to leave Government. After months of trying to hold the line and give the Prime Minister some cover, they too now realise that things cannot continue like this.

‘At a time of soaring prices and increasing hardship for many families, basic trust in government is essential. Trust is what gives governments permission to take difficult, sometimes painful, decisions. That trust has been draining away month after month as the controversies have piled up.

‘This issue is far more important than the electoral fortunes of the Conservative Party. For the good of the country, Boris Johnson should resign and he should resign quickly.’

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Health board: COVID-19 vaccinations will be by appointment only from end of this month

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THE LOCAL health board has announced that from August 31, access to Mass Vaccination Centres (MVCs) in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire for COVID-19 vaccinations will be by appointment only in preparation for the start of the winter vaccine programme.

Anyone wishing to drop-in for their first or second dose during August is advised to check opening times on the day before travelling by visiting hduhb.nhs.wales/healthcare/covid-19-information/covid-19-vaccination-programme/mass-vaccination-centres or calling 0300 303 8322 as these are subject to change. If you still require a booster, please wait to be offered an appointment.

From 31 August 2022 onwards, please book an appointment by calling 0300 303 8322 or by emailing COVIDEnquiries.hdd@wales.nhs.uk

Bethan Lewis, Interim Assistant Director of Public Health at Hywel Dda University Health Board (UHB), said: “Throughout the vaccination programme we’ve aimed to make the vaccine easily accessible through a combination of drop-ins and appointments. This change will allow us to deliver the COVID-19 in partnership with primary care and minimise the risk of duplication or vaccine waste.

“If you are eligible for an autumn COVID-19 booster, please wait to be invited by either your GP or the health board. Everyone eligible will be offered an appointment by November.

“GP practices are also preparing to invite eligible patients for their seasonal flu vaccine and aim to offer an appointment to everyone eligible by December. Again, please do not contact your GP practice at this time, you will be invited when it is your turn.”

Scheduled drop-in sessions for children and young people who are home-educated or not in education to access childhood vaccinations routinely offered through school nursing teams will continue as advertised at selected MVCs.

The remaining drop-in sessions for children aged 5 to 17 years of age will be held between 12pm and 6pm in the following locations:

Aberystwyth MVC (Thomas Parry Library, Llanbadarn Campus, SY23 3AS) – Tuesday 30 August
Carmarthen MVC (Y Gamfa Wen, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, SA31 3EP) – Friday 2 September
Cwm Cou MVC (Ysgol Trewen, SA38 9PE) – Monday 22 August
Haverfordwest MVC (Pembrokeshire Archives, SA61 2PE) – Wednesday 31 August
Llanelli MVC (Dafen Industrial Estate, SA14 8QW) – Tuesday 23 August
These drop-in sessions are also open to any Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire or Ceredigion school attendees who may have missed their vaccinations.

If you are unable to attend one of these sessions and have any queries or wish for your child to receive their scheduled vaccines, please complete the form available here hduhb.nhs.wales/healthcare/services-and-teams/immunisation-and-vaccination/childhood-and-young-people-vaccinations/vaccine-access-for-home-schooled-children or call 0300 303 8322 to be contacted by a member of the health board’s immunisation nursing team.

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Police appeal for information after man ‘was slapped on the back of the head’

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POLICE in Pembroke Dock are appealing for information after an alleged assault.

A male was slapped to the back of his head outside Lloyds Bank on Monday, August 8, 2022 between 5pm and 5.15pm following an argument with another male.

If you have any information please contact the Police on 101, quoting reference DPP/3231/08/08/2022/02/C

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Gareth Mann from Milford Haven sentenced to seven years in prison for drug offences

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DRUG dealer Gareth James Mann, aged 46, from Bunkers Hill, Milford Haven has been sentenced to a total of 7 years in prison.

A Misuse of Drugs Act search warrant was executed at Manns’ home address on 17th March 2022, where he was found to have controlled drugs including Heroin, Cocaine, Cannabis, Morphine, Pregabalin, Buprenorphine and Diazepam with a combined street value of up to £3660. Cash totalling £3430 was also found in his possession.

He was arrested and later charged with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and with possession of criminal property.

Garth Mann: Drugs worth £3660, and cash totalling £3430 was found in his possession.

Mann appeared at Llanelli Magistrates court on Friday, March 18 where he entered a not guilty plea. He was remanded in custody to appear at Swansea Crown Court.

Following a 6-day trial Mann was found guilty of all counts by a majority verdict on Monday 15th August 2022 and sentenced to a total of 7 years in custody.

DS Vinny Barrett said told The Herald: “Tackling the supply of illegal drugs is a priority for police in Pembrokeshire and the misery that illegal drugs bring to local communities will not be tolerated.

“We are taking a positive approach in targeting those that supply illegal drugs, and I would encourage anyone with information about the misuse of drugs to contact police.

“This information will be acted upon and will help us in preventing the supply of illegal drugs and the criminality that can be associated with them.”

To report suspicious behaviour in your community, visit https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, email 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or call 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, or visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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