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Good evening.

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A gay clergyman has accused the Anglican Church in Wales

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of homophobia after he was rejected for the role of Bishop of Llandaff.

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The Dean of St Albans, the Very Reverend Jeffrey John,

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was not chosen earlier this month.

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Nick Palit reports.

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A closely guard process, but the selection of the next Bishop of

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Llandaff has taken longer than expected.

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The first meeting of an electoral college of church

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officials failed to reach a decision.

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Now, a leading gay cleric, who narrowly missed out on the role,

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says homophobia played a part in his rejection.

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It is understood the Very Reverend Jeffrey John received a

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majority of the votes, but not the two thirds majority

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required by church rules.

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He says homophobic remarks had been made at the

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electoral college meeting.

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In a letter to the Bishop of Swansea and

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Breccon, he said he has been told by an existing Bishop that it

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would be too much of a headache to appoint him.

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He goes on to say the only arguments against his appointment

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were directly related to his homosexuality

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and/or civil partnership, namely that his appointment would

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bring unwelcome and unsettling publicity to the diocese.

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Mr John has missed out on a Bishop role before.

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He was nominated as Bishop of Reading in 2003, but he was asked

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to withdraw by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.

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He is now the Dean of St Alban's.

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The Church in Wales says the process for

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a new Bishop of Llandaff will continue, so they

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won't be making any comment at this stage.

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Asked about the accusations of homophobia, they

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said the Bishops would deny it.

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Jeffrey John himself has declined to be interviewed on the issue.

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A Wales Office minister has described Scotland as "another

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country" after a recent trip to Edinburgh.

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In a newspaper column, Aberconwy MP, Guto Bebb,

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said he'd left feeling "despondent".

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It comes after First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, announced she'll

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seek a second referendum on Scottish independence.

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Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns, said Mr Bebb's comments

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were designed to generate discussion on the issue.

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It's pure speculation within the article

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that is there in order to

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develop the debate, so everybody in every part of the UK recognises

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that we achieve more together.

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Of course he is an important member of

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the team and I work very closely with him and it's important to

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generate that sort of debate.

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Funding for Cardiff's multi-million pound bus station

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has not been secured - nine months before it's

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scheduled to open - a report by the council's

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cabinet has revealed.

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The council are negotiating a proposal for the delivery

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of the interchange with developers, Rightacres Property

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and says it's right for all funding options to be considered.

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Hundreds of members of the Somali community in the Welsh capital have

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been taking part in fundraising

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events to raise money for drought stricken families

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and relatives in Somaliland and the Horn of Africa.

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Cardiff has the largest Somali community in the UK

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and people here have already raised thousands of pounds.

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Our brothers and sisters in Somali are hurting and even though we're

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all the way in Wales, in Cardiff, we are hurting

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just as bad as they are, so we are trying to do as much as we

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can, like this fund-raiser here today really.

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Sport now, starting with rugby, and Wales coach Rob Howley says he's

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had to 'question the integrity of our game'

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after a controversial end to Wales' 20-18 defeat in Paris.

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France replaced prop Atonio with Slimani in extra time,

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after he'd already been subbed earlier in the 100 minute match.

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The French doctor said the front row needed a head injury assessment.

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The defeat means Wales finished fifth in the Championship.

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I'm just not too sure, in terms of what happened in the last ten

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minutes, was in the actual integrity of the game.

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Look, we love this game and that's why we're involved, but,

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like I said to John Davies, the Six Nations, it's

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got to be looked at, because playing well is

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so important, but you just question.

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Staying with the Six Nations and Wales' women also finished fifth

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in the Championship, after losing 39-19 to France.

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Wales had a brief lead early on, but the French were too dominant,

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securing a bonus point win in Brive.

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Football and Swansea City manager, Paul Clement, says his side must

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look at the bigger picture after their 2-0 defeat

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to Bournemouth yesterday.

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The Swans dropped to 17th place in the Premier League -

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just three points clear of the relegation zone.

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They've conceded 63 goals this season -

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the worst defensive record in the league.

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We have come a long way in the last two and a half months, we're in 17th

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position, when I took over we were bottom

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on 12 points and if the

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season finished tomorrow we would be happy that we're in 17th

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and we are going to play at this level next season.

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The fact is we have got nine games to go, Bournemouth have just

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showed that if you put together back-to-back wins, you can climb out

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of that situation.

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Ice

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Ice hockey

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Ice hockey and

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Ice hockey and Cardiff

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Ice hockey and Cardiff won.

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Time for a quick look at the weather now.

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It'll be mostly cloudy overnight with some more rain,

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especially in the south, during the night.

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Staying mild with lows of eight Celsius.

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Tomorrow will be breezy and wet - the worst in the south.

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It should get brighter in the afternoon, but there still be

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a chance of some more showers.

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Highs of 11 Celsius.

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We'll be back with our late update at 20-past-10.

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Thanks for watching and have a good evening.

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