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Our election prediction: No change for west Wales, same MPs will be elected

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COUNTING of ballots is underway at the Pavillion at the Pembrokeshire County Showground, Haverfordwest and in Llanelli at the Selwyn Samuel Centre.

Exit polls from the BBC and Sky News predict a Conservative majority of over eighty seats, with Labour predicted to slip as low as 191 MPs, come the end of tonight’s count

We’re live throughout the night from the County Showground, Haverfordwest, and the Selwyn Samuel Centre, Llanelli, to bring you rolling coverage and news as it unfolds for Preseli Pembrokeshire, Llanelli, Carmarthen East & Dinefwr, and Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire.

We are predicting the following results:

Preseli Pembrokeshire – Stephen Crabb, Conservative, Hold
Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire – Simon Hart, Conservative, Hold
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr – Jonathan Edwards, Plaid Cymru, Hold
Llanelli – Nia Griffith, Labour, Hold
Ceredigion – Ben Lake, Plaid Cymru, Hold

Effectively, we predict no change in members of parliament for any of the constituencies in west Wales.

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Body of a man found in camper van near lifeboat station

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THE BODY of a male has been found in a camper van parked near Loughor lifeboat station, according to the police.

Officers said they were called at 1.41pm on Sunday afternoon (Jan 12).

Locals said that the van had been parked there since December 22.

Police said they were called to the scene after concern was raised about an abandoned vehicle.

A statement from a police spokesperson said: “The body of a man was located inside.”

It added that his death was not being treated as suspicious and the coroner had been informed.

Hayden Jones, who walks in the area regularly, said he spotted police and the ambulance service were in the area at 3.20pm yesterday.

He said: “We came from the direction of the bridge and police were stopping cars coming in. There was an ambulance there too.

“We didn’t see what was going on. We turned around.”

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New Starbucks Drive Thru store opens in Llanelli

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A NEW Starbucks Drive Thru store opened today (Jan 13) in Parc Pemberton Retail Park, Llanelli. Operated by Starbucks licensee Magic Bean, the store will create 35 new jobs for the local area.

To celebrate the opening, the store will hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10am. Local politicians in attendance included Councillors Dorothy Jones, Dr. Gary Jones, Rob James, Deryk Cundy, and Fozia Akhtar, as well as Michelle Donoghue, Member of Llanelli Rural Council, and Paolo Piana, regional organiser for Race Equality Wales and Chair of Llanelli Community Partnership. There was also a coffee tasting event, so customers can experience and learn about the wide range of coffees Starbucks offers in-store.  

The store is also hosting a Friends and Family event on Sunday 12 January from 10am until 4pm. All proceeds on this day will be donated to the store’s charity partner, Tŷ Hafan, a local children’s hospice that provides palliative care for children with life-limiting conditions and support for their families. Representatives from the charity will also attend the ribbon cutting ceremony to fundraise and the Llanelli store team looks forward to continuing to support this important cause. Starbucks values building strong and lasting relationships within store communities through partnerships with local charities, community groups and residents.

Leon Esfahani, Managing Director of The Magic Bean Company, said: “We are so excited to open this Starbucks Drive Thru in Llanelli and look forward to welcoming Llanelli residents and visitors to our new store. Our store team is proud to support Tŷ Hafan in its important mission of supporting children and families in the local area suffering from illness.”

Customers are invited to visit the conveniently located store to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and relax with the comfortable seating and free wi-fi. Customers looking to recharge while on the go can use the convenient Drive Thru lane. Starbucks coffee is 99% ethically sourced and accredited by Conservation International under the C.A.F.E. Practices programme. Starbucks offers a 25p discount to all customers who bring a reusable cup when purchasing a drink.

The new store is conveniently located at Parc Pemberton Retail Park, Trostre Road, Llanelli, SA14 9DR and is open from 5am – 10:30pm every day, with Drive Thru service available 24 hours.

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Third day for hospital operation cancellations for ‘patient safety’

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HYWEL DDA University Health Board has confirmed that, in the interest of patient safety, planned inpatient operations scheduled for today (Wednesday 8 January 2020) have been postponed at Bronglais, Glangwili, Prince Philip and Withybush hospitals. Emergency surgery, day case procedures and outpatient appointments are continuing as normal.


These actions are in line with our escalation procedures to help manage patient flow and maintain patient safety during periods of peak pressure.


We have contacted patients affected directly so please attend as planned if you do not hear from us. Otherwise, please do not contact our appointments or outpatient teams unless absolutely necessary as they are very busy at this time.


Whilst the situation remains challenging, we are currently assessing our operating plans for the days ahead and, as per normal planning arrangements, these will be reviewed on a daily basis.


We will issue an updated statement when a large proportion of planned operations resume.


We apologise for an inconvenience this may cause patients who have had their operations postponed or who have had to wait longer than normal for their procedure.

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