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Tierney hits out at Plaid

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Marc Tierney: Labour Candidate

Marc Tierney: Labour Candidate

LABOUR Candidate Marc Tierney has hit out at a lack of vision for West Carmarthenshire by the Plaid run county council and has voiced his opposition to cuts to school budgets in the county. In a series of investments, the details of which were provided to the press prior to consultation with councillors, only one allocation has been earmarked specifically for the west of the county. Marc Tierney said: “Of course I am pleased that the velodrome in Carmarthen will receive funding for improvements, made possible by a further significant investment from Sport Wales.

“But, the fact remains that the majority of funding being made available will be to projects much further east. “Welsh Government has invested in west Carmarthenshire with the building development at Magstim Whitland for example, on the basis it will create further jobs. Even the opportunity for private investment to enhance The Corran in Laugharne has been turned down by the Council’s planning committee. That alone would have brought 200 decent and much needed jobs to the area. “Every penny spent by the local authority must be used to generate income or provide jobs. I’m not seeing that sort of vision right now.”

Education worries Marc Tierney has also outlined his concerns over the future of education funding in Carmarthenshire. In recent weeks, he has met with unions, local head teachers and consulted with others over the proposal to cut £18 m from the education budget over the next three years. This is in direct conflict with Welsh Government priority of protecting education spend. Why does the Plaid led county council not agree with this vital priority for our children? Marc Tierney said: “Education leaders are very worried by the proposals put forward.

They don’t agree with the suggestion contained within the consultation document that back office costs can be reduced further. Parents need to know that with schools having already made efficiency savings, local head teachers fear any further cuts will have a real impact on front line teaching, increasing classroom sizes with education outcomes jeopardised as a result.” “Last week in their draft budget the Welsh Labour Government prioritised education spending with a 1% protection of school budgets next year. I would call on the local authority to re-think their plans and ensure that this money is passed on to local schools, in full. The Welsh Labour Government’s protection for school budgets in Wales has helped standards to rise and it seems odd that Plaid-led Carmarthenshire Council would want to un-do that.” Marc Tierney is encouraging all local parents to make sure their voice is heard across a whole range of funding cuts by responding to Carmarthenshire County Council’s online consultation before January 3.

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Zoe Evans, Llanelli painter and decorator, is British Apprentice of the Year

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Zoe Evans, a 21 year old painter and decorator from Llanelli, has been named the GB Apprentice of the Year and Welsh Apprentice of the Year at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
Apprenticeship Awards.


The CITB Apprenticeship Awards celebrate the achievements of apprentices and employers across the UK for their commitment and dedication to construction.


The winners were presented with their awards at a ceremony hosted by broadcaster and property entrepreneur, Sarah Beeny. The ceremony took place at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London (7 November).


Zoe completed a level 2 apprenticeship in painting and decorating, to go onto achieve her Advanced level 3. With her artistic flair, Zoe enjoys the creative aspects of her trade and plans to take a career route in interior design. Zoe’s amazing commitment to being the best she can, has attributed to her becoming an ambassador for women in construction and being the face of the posters across her college, Coleg Sir Gar.


Zoe said: “I’ve loved every single part of my apprentice journey, from the classroom learning to the practical application and the more creative aspects of the job. I want to thank my mentor, Ken MacKay and my employer Ian Williams Ltd. It’s a really good feeling to know that I’ve been
recognised in this way. I’d definitely recommend an apprenticeship to anyone willing to work hard, have goals and go full out to achieve them.”

Jon Davies, CITB Apprenticeship Officer, said: “When Zoe started her apprenticeship we saw her potential so we fast tracked her from level 1 to level 2. It was important for me to make sure she had the right support to reach the heights she is capable of, and she is doing just that. Zoe makes work a brighter place for everyone around her. Her positive attitude and ability makes her a perfect ambassador for women in construction, and I am really pleased this has been recognised with her award.”

Kevin Mcloughlin, CITB board member and founder and Managing Director of Mcloughlin Decorating, said: “Congratulations to Zoe, a clearly dedicated apprentice – it’s great to recognise her hard work. Apprenticeships provide a fast track route into the construction industry. With so many rewarding careers opportunities in construction there is something out there for everyone. I wish Zoe all the best in her career in construction.”

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Police difuse hostage situation in Cae Glas

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AT APPROXIMATELY 10.10pm on Wednesday (Nov 6) police were requested to attend at a property in Cae Glas, Felinfoel, in respect of threats being made by a man within the property to harm himself and a woman inside with a knife.

Officers were deployed immediately, and to ensure the safety of everyone at the scene firearms officers were also deployed.

Chief Inspector Stuart Bell said: “A specialist negotiator worked with the man for a number of hours, bringing the incident to a close at about 1.45am this morning, when the man surrendered himself and was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

“A woman at the scene was also arrested for obstructing police officers. No injuries have been reported.

“There is no threat or danger to anyone outside of the property in the area, and we can reassure residents that there is no need to be concerned as this was an isolated incident.”

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Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns resigns over rape trial sabotage

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WELSH SECRETARY Alun Cairns has resigned over claims he knew about a former aide’s role in the “sabotage” of a rape trial. He had denied knowing Tory assembly candidate Ross England made claims about the victim’s sexual history in an April 2018 trial.

The Conservative Vale of Glamorgan MP said he only became aware of Mr England’s role in the trial’s collapse when the story broke last week.
BBC Wales discovered Mr Cairns was emailed about it in August 2018, which was four months before Mr England was chosen as Vale of Glamorgan candidate.

Paul Davies AM told The Herald: “I am sorry to see Alun resign today as the Secretary of State for Wales however, under the circumstances this was the right decision for him. Alun has rightly stated that he will cooperate fully with any investigations.

“I would like to thank Alun for his service to Wales as our Secretary of State where he brought an end to the Severn Bridge tolls which will leave a lasting legacy on the Welsh economy.”

Mr Cairns had been a cabinet member since being appointed in 2016. Mr Cairns intends to run as a candidate in the general election, the Herald understands.

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