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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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Save the dates: Classic car shows in Pembrokeshire

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THE FIRST of the Summer season of the Classic Car Shows in aid of the Paul Sartori Foundation took place at the Commons Car Park, Pembroke recently.

Organised by Malcom Powell and friends, the show was opened by the Mayor of Pembroke, Ann Mortenson, accompanied by the Ward Ten Withybush fundraiser Ellie Neville.

The rest of the shows are follows

Wednesday 5th June at the Cresselly Arms

Wednesday 19th June at the Plough Inn, Sageston

Wednesday 3rd July at the Cresselly Arms

Wednesday 17th July at the Plough Inn, Sageston

Wednesday 14th August at the Cresselly Arms

Wednesday 18th August at the Plough Inn

All events are at 4pm, except for the final show of the year on Saturday 14th September at the Plough Inn Sageston which starts at 2 30pm.

Pictured is the first show of the year at the Commons,Pembroke.

Pic-Martin Cavaney

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Royal celebration at Buckingham Palace marks RNLI’s 200th anniversary

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HIS MAJESTY The King has graciously hosted a garden party at Buckingham Palace today to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). This prestigious event brought together approximately 2,500 of the RNLI’s dedicated volunteers, staff, and their families.

The garden party, held in the palace’s magnificent grounds, was marked by the presence of an Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat, showcasing the RNLI’s modern lifesaving capabilities. The event celebrated the remarkable history and ongoing contributions of the RNLI, which has been saving lives at sea since its founding in 1824.

Among those honoured at the event were representatives from Tenby Lifeboat Station and St Davids Lifeboat Station. From Tenby, the delegation included recently retired Coxswain Philip John, along with Michael Lewis, Daniel Young, Graham Waring, and Peter O’Hagan, all accompanied by their partners. Representing St Davids Lifeboat Station were Will Chant, Jestyn Martin, Ffion Rees, Judd Kohler, Ellen Evans, and their respective partners. These individuals were recognised for their exceptional service and dedication to the institution, trading their RNLI yellows for smart attire on this special occasion.

The RNLI, established in 1824 by Sir William Hillary, has grown into a vital organisation dedicated to saving lives at sea. Over its two centuries of operation, the RNLI has saved more than 142,700 lives, thanks to the bravery and commitment of its volunteers and staff. Today, the RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations and provides a 24-hour search and rescue service around the coasts of the UK and Ireland.

His Majesty’s patronage and the garden party at Buckingham Palace underscore the nation’s deep appreciation for the RNLI’s invaluable service. The celebration not only honoured past achievements but also highlighted the continued importance of the RNLI’s mission as it looks forward to the future.

For more information on the RNLI’s history and its bicentenary celebrations, please visit the official RNLI website.

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The Big Beer Festival returns to Milford Waterfront

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MILFORD HAVEN is set to host the highly anticipated Big Beer Festival tomorrow at Milford Waterfront. Beginning at 12:00 PM on May 25, the event promises a vibrant celebration featuring an impressive array of real ales, lagers, and ciders, along with a prosecco and Pimm’s bar for those with different tastes.

Local bands will provide live music throughout the day, ensuring a lively atmosphere. Headline act 4th Street will be among the performers, with additional acts including After the Fire, Steve Bartram, Two Suns, Tin Man Revolution, and DJ Robzy. Food lovers can enjoy diverse culinary offerings from The Junkyard Dog and Marcela Mexican Cuisine at the Thornton Motors Streetfood Zone. Entry is £20, which includes four drink tokens and a limited edition glass. Each token can be exchanged for a half pint, a glass of prosecco, or a glass of Pimm’s. The festival will run until 11:00 PM.

This event is part of the continued partnership between Milford Waterfront and the Milford Haven Round Table. This collaboration supports a calendar of events throughout the year, raising funds for local causes and creating enjoyable experiences for the community and visitors. Upcoming events include the Milford Haven Carnival on July 6 and the Fireworks Extravaganza on November 5.

As well as local petrol station company The Ascona Group, Howden, a global insurance intermediary group, is a key supporter of the festival. As a deluxe sponsor, Howden is donating £500 towards the event. Gary Stevens, Regional Managing Director, expressed his delight in supporting the Milford Haven Round Table, emphasizing the event’s significance as a fantastic day out for the bank holiday weekend and a means to support the local community.

Milford Haven Round Table, the UK’s largest Round Table with 30 active members, organizes this festival to give back to the local community. All funds raised support local charities, groups, and individuals, including popular free entry events like the town’s annual carnival and fireworks display.

For more details, visit the official event page.

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