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Tierney launches Assembly campaign

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Marc Tierney: With Nia Griffith and Labour candidates and supporters at his campaign launch.

Marc Tierney: With Nia Griffith and Labour candidates and supporters at his campaign launch.

THE LABOUR candidate for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire launched his campaign last weekend, as the countdown for the May 5 Assembly Election gets under way.

Marc Tierney chose Tenby as the venue for the launch. Among those in attendance were supporters from across West Wales and guest speaker, the Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, Nia Griffith MP.

In her address, Ms Griffith praised the 36-year-old dad of three for his hard work during the campaign so far, saying that Marc Tierney has set the local political agenda and has gone further than most to resolve some of the pressing issues affecting local people.

The Llanelli MP said: “Marc is a real campaigner and will make an excellent AM for his constituency. He brings fresh ideas, fresh thinking and enthusiasm. Raising his family in this area, he understands the needs and challenges facing our communities. In the Assembly, he will be a really strong voice for West Wales.”

In his speech to supporters, Marc Tierney highlighted Welsh Labour’s record, delivering on all pledges made in 2011. One of the biggest achievements has been Jobs Growth Wales. Scores of local companies have been involved joining many thousands more across Wales.

To date, 15,000 young people have benefitted from what has become the most successful programme of its kind in Western Europe and one which has been abandoned by the Tories in England. In a new pledge, Welsh Labour promises 100,000 quality apprenticeships for all ages.

Wales will lead the way with the most ambitious childcare pledge across the UK, as Welsh Labour has a fully costed plan to provide 30 hours of free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds over 48 weeks of the year.

A new treatment fund for life threatening illnesses will also be launched in addition to maintaining free prescriptions, free bus passes and free school meals, should Welsh Labour form the next Welsh Government.

Marc Tierney said: “We had a fantastic turn out for the launch of my campaign in Tenby. The message from voters is clear: local people want an AM who will represent and engage with them all year and not just at election time. If elected, I promise to do that, with the same passion and leadership I have already shown throughout my campaign.

“I won’t just speak up about local issues, I’ll put those words into action to carry on fighting for local hospital services, to safeguard local jobs and improve skills and to stand against the Tory cuts that are having a devastating impact on public services and the standard of living for local families. Only Labour can challenge the Tories here.”

The most recent polls have indicated that the constituency is considered to be a Plaid Cymru gain if present voter indications continue. However, it is also a plausible Labour gain, and was held by a popular Conservative AM in the last two Assembly elections.

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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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