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Tyrone O’Sullivan: ‘Labour can win’

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TYRONE O’SULLIVAN is a former National Union of Mineworkers Branch Secretary. He was instrumental in the workers’ buy out of Tower Colliery and is a long time supporter and friend of Jeremy Corbyn. 

The Herald caught up with Mr O’Sullivan just before he went on stage to speak at Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership election rally at the LC2 in Swansea.

He told us that he would be speaking about the Merthyr Rising, the red flag and the meaning behind that and how people power can change the world. We asked him if he believed that Jeremy Corbyn would win the leadership battle.

He answered conclusively: “I am positive he will win.” He quantified his reasoning by saying: “There is no way he is going to lose this election. Providing we all get on the same bus and the MPs come back in, I think we could make a huge difference in the next eighteen months at a general election.

“There is a load of talent out there in the Labour party and I wouldn’t want to lose that. I think Labour can win the next election. The Conservatives are making a lot of mistakes. Theresa May is worse than Maggie Thatcher.”

Jeremy Corbyn came in for criticism over his lack of effort on persuading Labour voters during the EU referendum. We asked Tyrone if he believed that the criticism was justified.

He replied: “How can they blame him for Brexit? He had more meetings than any other MP. They are using any excuse. The second after he got elected, they started having a go at him. They are going to have to realise if he wins or loses, we have to unite. He is the sort of guy who does not take any nonsense. Give us eighteen months and we will show the people of Britain what we can do.”

Mr O’Sullivan was upbeat about Corbyn’s chances of winning and said that the party politics was now about reaching working people.

“This battle between Corbyn and Smith is about people. We have lost a lot of working class votes. They had nothing from Blair and nothing from the Tories. Why should they come out of their homes to vote? No change. What’s the point? They have come out for Jeremy. That bottom 20% who have abstained will make a big difference.”

It is hard to avoid the issue of personality during the leadership battle. Mr Corbyn appears to be a relatively quiet, passive man. We asked Tyrone O’Sullivan if this passivity and lack of aggression was a bad thing: “Of course not. People have to get used to him.

“Jeremy is not doing this to be the Prime Minister of Great Britain. He is doing this for the people. He is not challenging for his own job, a smart news suit and tie. He is working for the benefit of ordinary working people. Give him eighteen months on his own with no back biting and he will make a huge difference to where we stand in the polls.”

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New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital

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WERNDALE Hospital opens its £1millon ward extension, featuring a suite of new spacious patient en-suite rooms and additional light and airy ward space for new nurses’ stations, new technology and medical equipment, in pleasant and comfortable spaces. 

Werndale is part of Circle Health Group, the UK’s largest provider of private healthcare. The group is carrying out a £125 million redevelopment programme across its 50 hospitals in the UK.

Werndale has a strong history in the village of Bancyfelin, where is has been serving the local communities of Wales for over 32 years.

James Davies, Wales and Scarlets rugby player, from Bancyfelin, cut the ribbon to mark the official opening on Monday 1st August. His nickname “Cubby”, is reference to his brother’s nickname, “Fox”; this refers to the Fox & Hounds pub their parents ran in Bancyfelin, the village where they grew up. Staff and consultants were given the chance to view the new extension, with a small gathering to mark the occasion and celebrate all the hard work that has gone into this project over the last 12 months.

Jacky Jones, Executive Director of Werndale Hospital said: “The investment programme is an exciting opportunity to expand what we can offer to patients at Werndale. Our staff and consultants are delighted with this expansion which will allow us to meet the private healthcare needs of patients and families in Wales and will decrease waiting times which will positively impact the patient’s experience. Having the new patient rooms here increases our ward capacity by 20%, it is a great investment”.

Gaynor Llewellyn, Director of Clinical Services said: “At Werndale we are committed to continuous improvement of clinical facilities and services. We continually invest in the hospital so that we can offer our patients and consultants reassurance when they visit us for treatments”.

Werndale Hospital is seeing increased demand for its services across all specialities particularly orthopaedic surgery, ophthalmology, and general surgery. Nearly 4,000 patients had surgery at Werndale Hospital, Bancyfelin during 2021 and the new investment will enable ward capacity to be increased by 25 per cent.

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M4 closed westbound following lorry fire near Swansea

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A SECTION of the M4 near Swansea was shut on Monday (Aug 8) due to a vehicle fire.

The westbound section of the motorway, between junction 47 at Penllergaer and junction 48 at Hendy closed.

Emergency services were called to the scene, and there was queuing traffic in the area.

Traffic monitoring service Inrix reported: “M4 Westbound closed, queueing traffic due to vehicle fire between J47 A48 (Penllergaer / Swansea West Services) and J48 A4138 Pontardulais Road”

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Police appeal after Llanelli assault: victim required hospital treatment

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DYFED POWYS POLICE is investigating an assault which occurred on Regalia Terrace, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire at about 12.05am, Sunday 3rd July.

The victim required hospital treatment.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the person in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the person is, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or phoning 101.

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

Please quote reference DP-20220703-011

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

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