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Thursday to Thursday night. Cooler for all by the end of the week.


Tonight's top stories: Changing the political landscape of Wales -


the number of Welsh MPs could be cut by a quarter from 40 to 29.


I don't agree with that. I think Westminster is the place for Welsh


MPs. I would probably cut the Welsh Assembly.


So is cutting the number of MPs long overdue - or will the voice of Wales


Wales sees the biggest drop in applications to medical school


in the UK - tonight worries about the impact on the NHS.


One of the things I would like to see in the future is maybe a new


medical schools serving areas such as North Wales, mid Wales and other


areas. 50 years after Aberfan, the American


photographer who captured This is what is means to win gold -


Brecon's Rob Davies and Hollie Arnold crowned


Paralympic champions. The political landscape of Wales


could be about to change. Proposals to redraw our constituency


boundaries could see Wales lose more than a quarter of our MPs,


in the biggest shake up Wales' current 40 MPs


would be reduced. Under the new proposals


from the Boundary Commission, The reason is to try and make


all our parliamentary constituencies more or less equal in size -


just over 71,000 voters. In a moment, we'll gauge what impact


all this could have on Wales, and get reaction live


from Westminster. First, here's how a redesigned


Wales could look. Over the years, the way we report on


elections has changed. We will bring you all the latest


developments... But as we have modernised the shape


and size of our constituencies have stayed largely the same. These


proposals by the Boundary Commission at the biggest change to the Welsh


electoral map for more than 70 years. There are some major changes.


Among them, Anglesey. It would no longer be an island constituency and


will include Bangoura and Caernarfon. -- anger and Caernarfon.


Across to the sparsely populated areas of mid Wales, they could see


huge rural constituencies. Brecon and Radnorshire, for example, could


be augmented by Montgomery. South Pembrokeshire would become one


constituency while North Pembrokeshire would become part of


Ceredigion. South Wales's constituencies look to be intact.


But nowhere remains unchanged. Notably the Vale of Glamorgan, which


would be split into to. These are just lines on a map. These changes


could have far-reaching political repercussions.


The aim is to reduce the numbers coming here.


How that's done will have a huge impact on all parts of Wales.


It won't come as a surprise that large rural constituencies in Wales


are considered to be too sparsely populated.


But even the densely populated constituencies of the valleys


and cities are considered to have too few voters.


In fact, there's only one existing seat in Wales which is big enough


to bring it in line with the rest of the UK.


But keeping everyone happy won't be easy.


It's something the Boundary Commission is all too aware of,


and has been trying to maintain a sense of community


There are some areas where we have probably created more disruption


than in other areas. Places like the Vale of Glamorgan and in North


Wales, we are anticipating receiving feedback in those areas. We want to


hear what people say to see if we can improve.


No decisions can be taken in isolation. If the constituencies in


the South Wales valleys largely remain intact, there are not gones


for Cardiff. Four become three. And Penarth would become part of the


Vale of Glamorgan. Trouble is, the veil becomes too big, so the plan


would be to split it into to. Penarth would be come part of a new


seat in the east. And in the west of the Vale of Glamorgan, a new


constituency would incorporate the town of Bridgend. This is where the


political dynamic could change. Bridgend is currently a relatively


safe Labour seat. Under these changes, the Conservatives could


pose more of a challenge. I think Westminster is the place for our


Welsh MPs. I would probably cut the Welsh Assembly. MPs seemed to be


career politicians. If there were a lesser number of seats, there would


be more competition for those seats. We may get a better calibre of MP.


Now that Brexit has happened, I think maybe we need to keep our MPs.


Too many politicians trying to have different opinions. They are all


fighting. The less there is, the better. The changes could lead to


some interesting bouts in the future.


Among them, a Conservative head to head in Pembrokeshire


between Stephen Crabb and Simon Hart.


And in Cardiff between Labour's Jo Stevens


It is their party which is likely to be hardest-hit Mac


today we are seeing the number of MPs cut by more than a quarter. That


does create a concern about the influence of Wales. It could have an


impact on some MPs. There will always be people complaining. This


is slightly different in that it reduces overall the numbers of


Parliament. I don't see many members of the public weeping over the fact


that? Of us will lose our jobs. Are we looking at a welcome cut to


the cost of politics, or a worrying reduction of Welsh voices at


Westminster? I am at Westminster with two of the


MPs are affected, Glyn Davies and Jo Stevens. Take away a quarter of


Welsh MPs, you lose the voice of Wales at Westminster? I don't think


that will be the case. We have 29 members of Parliament. Clearly it is


a big reduction. We were overrepresented before. We have the


Welsh Assembly. I think that aspect is entirely reasonable. Jo Stevens,


we are overrepresented? I don't think we are. This has been done on


a flawed electoral register. We have disappearing Dave Baxter Whitney and


a House of Lords behind is stuffed with another 260 unelected peers.


The whole rationale for this exercise is it will save money. It


is not. We are losing 73 members of the European Parliament. We do not


need to reduce the number of MPs by 50. Welsh MPs represent fewer people


than English MPs. It is right they should represent roughly equal


numbers? I agree with equal sized constituencies but do it properly on


the basis of proper electoral registration numbers. There are 7


million people who are not registered. If you are going to


revolutionise representation, make it more democratic, have automatic


registration and do it properly on population numbers. You say you are


heartbroken by the way the Boundary Commission has divided your


constituency. Why is that? I have represented Montgomeryshire for 40


years. It is being demolished. I am bound to be heartbroken. It is a


consequence of the act that has gone through. It is very difficult. I


hope there will be ways of ameliorating that. That is why I am


having some sympathy with the Boundary Commission. They want to


change their minds before they come back. I hope the final report will


be more to my liking. MPs will ultimately have to vote and if you


are a member of government you will have to vote for it? I don't think


any member has doubled the government before their


constituency. A lot can change. The Boundary Commission have two more


stabs at this. We may never get there. It would be unwise media to


take up a definitive position two years before one has to decide. You


may face a fight with a colleague to get selected? Yes. I don't want to


be in that position and neither does my colleague. David Cameron put this


in place and left us to add, leaving a disaster behind him. It is


fiddling while Rome burns. We do not need to do it. If I put money on it,


I don't think it will go through. Thank you both. Thank you.


A two-year-old from Flintshire who died after a fireplace fell


on him, has been named locally as Malaki Hughes.


Emergency services were called to the little boy's home in Saltney,


The toddler was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital,


Neil Hamilton, the leader of Ukip in the Assembly,


has been condemned after describing Welsh Labour's electoral


Mr Hamilton said Labour would "suffer


a holocaust" by losing Welsh seats at the next general


Labour AM Joyce Watson urged him to consider what the word


holocaust really means, in particular to Jewish families.


It's been a golden day for Welsh athletes competing


Hollie Arnold from Ystrad Mynach won gold in her javelin event,


breaking the world record twice in the process.


In the table tennis, Rob Davies from Brecon


beat his South Korean opponent to be crowned Paralympic champion.


There he is. The new Paralympic champion. This is what it means to


win Paralympic gold. Formerly a semiprofessional rugby player, Rob


Davies took up power table tennis after an accident left him with a


damaged spinal-cord. He has become world number one. In Rio he was


chasing his first Paralympic title. He had faced days of testing


matches, but in the end it was a comfortable victory over his Korean


opponent. Four of the 12 strong Paralympic GB team our Welsh. -- I


was. Rob Davies was cheering him on the crowd. Meanwhile, in the Olympic


Stadium Hollie Arnold was chasing her first Paralympic title. From the


off she made her mark, a world record-breaking throw on her second


attempt. But she left the best till last. A throw of 43 metres. Her


proud parents celebrating a famous win. Welsh athletes have so far


added six medals to Paralympic GB's tally. Four Golds, a bronze and a


silver last night in the mixed team event in archery.


I spoke to my family before and after. My little brothers are more


impressed. I am famous because my name comes up on Google.


That is what they have realised. Yesterday's big Welsh story came


from Aled Davies, the bear from Bridgend.


I came here to execute a process and we have done that and taken home the


medal I wanted. The pressure on your shoulders was enormous, the weight


of expectation huge. Talk to me about coping with that and then


performing at the highest level? I remember coming off the podium in


London and thinking, that is it, I can never lose again. Every


conversation I have been in ever since, they have put the gold medal


around my neck. I am my own worst enemy. I was put the pressure on


myself. I do not want anything less than


gold. A gold rush in Rio with plenty of other medal hopes in action in


the coming days. Much more to come


before seven o'clock. 50 years after Aberfan,


the American photographer who captured the community on camera


and children in schools across the country


celebrate the centenary The number of students from Wales


applying to study medicine has fallen by 15% over the last five


years - with a particularly sharp It's the biggest drop anywhere


in the UK, and there are concerns it could deepen recruitment


problems in the Welsh NHS. The warning comes as a documentary


series begins tonight on S4C, following students


at Cardiff University Cardiff is the most popular medical


School in the UK. Training to become the doctors of tomorrow on one of


the most demanding but rewarding courses in the UK. 3000 per year in


-- apply to come here, but only one in ten get accepted. One of the


stars of the new series is Ainsley Richards from mumbles. She has just


started her fourth year. Why do you want to become a medic and why did


you want to stay in Wales? I have competed internationally had a


number of sports since I was 13. I remember going to training with my


dad and just thinking, why is my body adapting like this? Also,


choosing Cardiff, it was a no-brainer, really. I read about the


sea 21 course and it is completely different to other courses I have


read about. Ainsley wants to stay in Wales when she qualifies and that


would be welcomed. There is a big shortage of doctors in some parts of


the country. There are big worries that fewer in Wales are applying to


do medicine in the first place. That is 100 fewer than five years


ago, a 15% drop. The largest of any UK country.


Everybody will understand that medical schools are competitive


environments. We want the best graduates to come from Cardiff. All


applicants to Cardiff should be treated equally, with places offered


on the basis of ability and potential. But some have called for


the Welsh government to introduce quotas, guaranteeing places for


applicants from Wales. It is a controversial idea. Asher came from


north London to study in Cardiff. I wouldn't be here if that was the


case. I am very much of the belief that it should be on people's


merits, whatever the processes. If that is how they deem you to be a


better doctor, then the best students should be selected. I would


like to see an increasing the number of medical students in Wales. If we


are thinking about improving the nature of the primary workforce and


practitioners, we should have more students and we can put them nearer


where patients are in areas where it is difficult to recruit. ?350


million supporting 15,000 wanted to work in health care is spent in


Wales every year. Many of these students will end up working in the


Welsh NHS. But the question is, will it be enough?


Celebrations have been held across the world,


to mark 100 years since Roald Dahl was born in Cardiff.


The author is well known for his Norwegian and English connections.


But in this centenary year, there's been a concerted


effort to highlight Wales as Dahl's place of birth,


and a formative influence on his imagination.


It is Willy Wonka's chocolate factory at the school hall. This


school was transformed as monstrous villains and magnificent heroes came


together to celebrate 100 years since the birth of one of the


greatest storytellers ever. His books have been the bedrock of


countless childhoods, with millions of copies sold having been


translated into 59 languages. He has a good imagination. The pictures are


really good and his books are funny. I like Matilda. It is wonderful to


have all the powers she has. How many books have you read of his? All


of them. Which is your favourite? I don't know. It is hard to say what


is your favourite out of all the books. Darryl's Welsh connections


are marked by a series of blue plaques. This was outside the house


where he was born. This is where the young author bought his sweets from


Mrs Cratchit, the shopkeeper. This elaboration -- illustration on the


front of his autobiography shows the time he put a mouse in the sweets.


That led to a caning. If I sit on a hard seat for two ours, I begin to


feel my heart actually beating along the stripes on my bottom where they


were. But the Welsh influence is not just confined to Cardiff. He was a


fan of the poet, Dylan Thomas. You can see that in the place where both


literary greats produced their magic.


He realised he had to have a space of his own in the garden away from


the children and the noise and the general domesticity. And he


remembered that Dylan Thomas had felt the same. And so he went down


to Wales to look at Dylan's writing hot. And like everybody, I think


probably fell in love with it. Although his Norwegian and English


connections are well-known, the part Wales played in the right's


imagination was the topic of a collection of essays published by a


number of academics. -- writer's. He was born in Wales,


went to school in Wales. The fingerprints of Wales might be there


in work. We might think about the ways in which Wales is kind of


imprinted, quietly, silently, almost invisibly in his work.


26 years after his death, the magic and wonder of his creations


continue, especially here in his city and country of birth.


Geraint Thomas. Next month will mark 50 years


since the Aberfan disaster. 116 children and 28 adults killed


when a coal tip slid onto Pantglas School


and houses in 1966. A few days later an American


photographer Chuck Rapoport arrived. His images form part


of a new exhibition in Merthyr Tydfil, but also led


to life-long friendships. White? Why did I live and my brother


died? School boy Ronnie Davies was trying to make sense of something


nobody can really comprehend. Here he is showing a photographer from


America where his school used to be. He came to me to say something and I


said, I think God has a plan for you and kept your life. After the


disaster many children were kept indoors. The fear was that the site


of survivors playing in the street might upset others, those who had


lost sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, entire families, parents, like


John Collins. He lost both his boys and his wife. And as if that wasn't


enough, he lost his home. If he had said, don't take my picture, his


whole life would've been different. His picture round in life magazine.


An American woman saw the picture she was so moved by the story, she


got in touch. They had a romance and they married. His daughter from that


marriage contacted me in 2010, to tell me that my photograph, that she


is alive and living because of my photograph. And that he had a life


and he had happiness again. This was the first wedding after the


disaster. Denise and going. My dad was only a


minor. He could not afford a professional photographer. When this


guy turned up and said he wanted to give us an album and make beautiful


photographs, we said yes. He came over just to take photographs. But


he made an impact on our lives and we made an impact on his. The story


seems to keep riding new chapters, if that makes sense. You took stills


in a moment in time but other things have happened? Yes, it is an ongoing


story, some of which cannot be photographed. The most important


story of my life. The latest exhibition is now open in Merthyr


Tydfil at the red house. It runs until the 29th of October, exactly


50 years to the day he first arrived in Wales.


And there'll be comprehensive coverage of the 50th anniversary


commemorations of Aberfan across the BBC next month.


Tonight's weather forecast now here's Lucy Martin.


Thank you and good evening on what has been the hottest day of the year


so far across the UK and the warmest September temperature recorded since


1911. Parts of Kent have seen temperatures reaching a maximum of


34 Celsius. A different story in Wales, where temperatures have


peaked at 23 degrees. Plenty in the way of patchy showers. And also


quite a lot in the way of low cloud. You can see where the temperature


split is from where the clouds sit. The good news is as we move into


tomorrow, we will see plenty in the way of sunny spells. We will see


slightly warmer temperatures as well. First of all though, looking


at this evening, showers clearing to the north-west. By midnight, a


largely dry night, with temperatures falling to 14 to 19 Celsius. A few


mist and fog patches developing first thing. A mild start tomorrow.


Mist and fog around first thing. That should clear up quite readily.


Then we see decent sunny spells. Temperatures should be quite warm. A


maximum of 25 Celsius. We could see 2627 in the south-west. As we move


into Thursday, we will see plenty in the way of cloud. Again, a mild


night, with temperatures in the upper teens. We will see more mist


and fog. We will see a mild start on Thursday. Through the day we should


see sunny spells developing. And again, well, not again, on Thursday,


the risk of the odd isolated shower. Those temperatures back to 25


degrees. By the time we get to Friday, I think we will see a


slightly fresher feel to the weather. Temperatures reaching a


maximum of 16 or 17 degrees. I leave you with the Outlook. The warmest


day of the week tomorrow. Fresher towards the weekend.


The number of Welsh MPs could be cut by more than a quarter,


if plans to redraw constituency boundaries go ahead.


The number of Welsh seats in the House of Commons would fall


from 40 to 29, in a bid to make sure all constituencies have


We will have 29 members of Parliament. It is a big reduction.


We were overrepresented before and we have the Assembly in place. I


think that aspect is entirely reasonable. I have a great love for


Montgomeryshire. It has been completely demolished. I am bound to


be pretty heartbroken. This exercise is being done on a flawed electoral


register rather than population size. We have David Cameron


disappearing to Whitney and the House of Lords stuffed with another


260 unelected peers at a cost of 30 million quid. The rationale is it


will save money. It is not. Our political editor, Nick Servini,


will join Carl Roberts to answer all your questions


about those changes to our constituencies,


on the BBC Wales News Facebook page I'll have an update for you here


at eight o'clock and again That's Wales Today,


thank you for watching. From all of us on the programme,


good evening.


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