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Labour candidates’ Facebook slurs slammed

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Surprised at level of public support: Helen Mary Jones

Surprised at level of public support: Helen Mary Jones

PLAID CYMRU’S AM candidate for Llanelli, Helen Mary Jones has expressed dismay at comments made about her character which have been made on the Facebook page of the Llanelli Labour candidate, Lee Waters by two other Labour AM Candidates.

Helen Mary Jones told The Herald that comments suggesting that she had made Facebook posts while under the influence of alcohol were upsetting and untrue.

The posts were made by Marc Tierney Labour candidate for Carmarthen West and South Pembs and Vikki Howells the Labour AM candidate for the Cynon Valley.

Ms Jones said that she did not have a screenshot of the comments and that she has now blocked Mr Waters.

The Plaid Cymru candidate told The Herald: “Marc Tierney’s comment was a pun on my misspelling of the word ‘campaign’, when I inadvertently typed ‘campaign’. Mr Tierney pulling out the word ‘gin’, and made a suggestion about how much had clearly been consumed, in his view. “The other person was Vikki Howells. She said something agreeing and saying that she had got her red pen out. Basically they were mocking the spelling and suggesting it was caused by alcohol.”

The Plaid candidate continued: “I don’t want to make too much of a deal out of this. My Labour opponent Lee Waters shared one of my posts. I have been doing a campaign diary after I return home after campaigning. I wrote this post at around 11.30 pm on Friday evening as that is the time I got back home. I had some comments on it from the usual people.

“I came home late afternoon on Saturday and saw that two of Lee’s fellow candidates had made comments on my post suggesting that I must have been drinking when the status had been put up because the spelling was so poor.”

Helen Mary continued: “I am dyslexic. I don’t make a big deal out of it, but I don’t hide it either. It is important for people to see it is something you live with and something that doesn’t hold you back.

“Obviously I couldn’t have people suggesting in that public place that I would be posting on Facebook under the influence. It wasn’t acceptable.

“I went back to both of those people who made the posts and said, actually I am dyslexic. What I expected them to do was to apologise and remove the comments. They didn’t. One of them didn’t reply and one of them came back to me with a sarcastic comment.

I then had to post a status to Lee saying: ‘this has been said, it is not true, I have dyslexia, as we all know Facebook doesn’t have an auto correct’.”

Helen Mary Jones expressed surprise at the strength of the public response to the online abuse she had suffered: “What happened next really took me back. I had hundreds of messages saying that this was not fair and lots of messages from families and people with dyslexia and who face challenges more serious than mine. I have been really touched by those comments.

“What this has highlighted for me is the number of people living with difficulties we cannot always see. Perhaps we should all be a bit careful before we judge people. There are many people out there living successful lives suffering from mental health problems.”

The Plaid candidate concluded: “I wish those people had chosen to apologise. They didn’t. As far as I am concerned that is the end of it now. I am very grateful to the people who expressed their sympathy and it has reminded me how important it is that if I am elected how important it is to speak up for people who find it difficult to speak up for themselves.”

Labour candidate Lee Waters declined to off any form of apology for the comments posted on his Facebook page by other Labour candidates:“It is a fuss about nothing.”

Lee went on to claim: “A misunderstanding by Helen has now been blown out of all proportion. People are getting very stressed and tired during the campaign and this sort of thing happens. She left a message on Facebook late at night about her day. Someone left a teasing ‘jokey’ message about her spelling mistake. She wrote in reply, ‘I have dyslexia’.”

The Labour candidate explained: “I meant to like that comment as a show of solidarity for her. Somehow I managed to share the post rather than like.”

He continued: “I went to bed and woke up to find that all hell had broken loose. Helen had sent a subsequent message saying I had shared the post and people were making fun of her. “People have over reacted and there are some very unfair comments being made about me. He said he had not seen the comment referring to alcohol and that by the time he had checked it had been deleted.”

We contacted the Labour AM Candidate Marc Tierney to ask for an explanation of his comments.

Marc Tierney: No apology

Marc Tierney: No apology

Marc Tierney said: “This whole episode appears to be a misunderstanding. My comment was simply about the technology we take for granted playing up. It’s wrong to suggest now that it was personal or abusive.

“We’ve all had times when the spell-checker auto corrects something in error. In haste, it’s easy not to notice it. It looks like that happened with the word ‘campaign’ being replaced with something else.

“I don’t follow Ms Jones on Facebook, but when she later asked my advice on how to use the spell check function, I politely and respectfully explained how to do so.”

“So I’m at a loss as to why she might now believe there was some malice or personal attack behind what was, in reality, a swipe at modern technology letting us down.”

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Detectives ask for help following an assault outside a Llanelli bar

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DETECTIVES from Dyfed-Powys Police are looking to speak to several men to help with its enquiries following an assault outside a Llanelli bar.

At around 3am on Monday, 29 August, a man was attacked outside the Met Bar in Station Road. He was left with a fractured eye socket, cuts and bite marks.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org. Quote reference: DP-20220829-062.

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Prince and Princess of Wales to visit Wales

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THE PRINCE and Princess of Wales have planned a trip to Wales to visit a variety of communities across the nation and learn about the work of key charitable organisations. 

The Prince and Princess have a deep affection for Wales, having made their first family home in Anglesey, and have thoroughly enjoyed their previous visits and the warmth and kindness shown by the Welsh people. 

Their Royal Highnesses are looking forward to spending more time in Wales over the next few years, they hope to strengthen their relationship with communities in all parts of Wales. 

During their first engagement, Their Royal Highnesses will visit the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station, where they will meet crew, volunteers and some people who have been supported by their local unit.

Holyhead is one of the three oldest lifeboat stations on the Welsh coast and has a remarkable history of bravery, having received 70 awards for gallantry. 

Their Royal Highnesses will then take a short walk to the Holyhead Marine and Cafe Bar, where they will meet local people, including representatives of small businesses and organisations, including the Coastguard and Sea Cadets. 

In their second engagement, the Prince and Princess of Wales are expected to visit Swansea. 

Their Royal Highnesses will visit St Thomas Church, a re-developed church in Swansea which supports people in the local area and across the City and County of Swansea. 

Over the last two years the church has been transformed into a thriving community hub and is home to a vast array of services, including:

  • A foodbank which supports over 200 people per week
  • Swansea Baby Basics which distributes essential items for vulnerable mothers across the city, such as toiletries and clothes
  • Facilities for the homeless including food, showers and toilets
  • A not-for-profit cafe and community training kitchen
  • A surplus food distribution network which collects food from supermarkets at the end of each day and distributes it from the church to prevent food waste and to help end food poverty

As part of their visit, Their Royal Highnesses will meet those volunteering at the church across different initiatives including Baby Basics and the foodbank. Their Royal Highnesses will also spend some time meeting members of the public gathered outside the church. 

The Princess of Wales has previously worked with Baby Banks and the in summer of 2020 brought together 19 British brands and retailers to donate over 10,000 new items to more than 40 baby banks nationwide, operated by Baby Basics, Little Village and AberNecessities. 

Her Royal Highness has visited a number of baby banks across the UK, including in London, Sheffield and West Norfolk where she has spent time speaking with families about their experiences of using their local baby bank services, as well as helping unload donations. 

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Road closed after man suffers serious injury in Burry Port

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OFFICERS from Dyfed-Powys Police are investigating after a man suffered a serious injury in Station Road, Burry Port.

Officers were called to a report that the man had suffered an injury at around 10.45pm on Saturday, 24 September. He has been taken to hospital.

A 39-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assault. He remains in police custody.

A road closure is in place for scene preservation and is likely to remain for a number of hours.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org. Quote reference: DP-20220924-360.

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