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First Minister Carwyn Jones - in Norway - says -
EU citizens should not face barriers if they come to work
Carwyn Jones wants the smoothest Brexit possible, but tonight
a warning from Norway's prime minister about how hard it
But the message tonight from the Prime Minister about just how
Passports please - should Wales be given
That's the call tonight from a group of MPs.
Do you want to chop the butter, darling?
Caroline Alan is a foster parent - so how do you give children
from troubled backgrounds a new start?
Through into this room, which is the examinations office...
Metal thieves cause thousands of pounds in damage to this school -
the staff hope CCTV footage will identify the suspects.
And Swansea City unveil their third manager of the season, but Paul
Clement says he is the man to keep them in the Premier League.
EU citizens shouldn't face barriers if they come
here to work after Brexit, so says the First Minister.
Carwyn Jones was speaking during a visit to Norway.
It isn't part of the European Union but accepts many of its laws
and its rules on immigration as a member of the single market.
From the Norwegian capital Oslo, our political correspondent Daniel
By coming here, Carwyn Jones is sending a signal that he wants
Brexit to be as smooth as possible. To stay in the single market Norway
must allow EU workers to come here freely, even though it's not an EU
member state. To keep our access to the single market, Carwyn Jones says
we should be prepared to do something similar. I know that many
people are not happy with the current system of freedom of
movement so that can't stay exactly how it is. I say people should have
freedom of movement to go to a job and if they have a job they should
be able to do that without any kind of barrier in their way. I think
that is a reasonable way of dealing with people's concerns. Norway does
well and we want to see how it's done.
He says he is here to learn. The First Minister visited a sixth form
college this morning and wants to learn from Norway's government to
find out whether a soft Brexit which keeps the UK in the single market is
possible. That while he is in Norway, the Norwegian Prime Minister
has been in Germany, where she have this warning. I fear a very hard
Brexit but I hopefully will find a better solution.
There has to be give and take to stay in the single market and out of
the EU. Norway has a high number of EU
migrants coming in, higher per capita migrants in Norway than in
the UK, in fact. But in Norway migration from the EU is seen as
positive. With some difficulties. Norwegians have voted against EU
membership in the past and this Norwegian Ph.D. Student based in
Cardiff University says there is no prospect of that changing.
It hasn't been part of the debate since 1994 and all parties have
agreed to leave the debate because the opinion polls always show people
are Eurosceptic so there is no point.
A red white and blue Brexit is what Theresa May once. Today Carwyn Jones
attacked her for not making clear what that means. Conservatives say
his visit to Oslo is grandstanding. What we need to be creating is the
British model because we are the fifth largest economy in the world,
we have a great trading relationship with entries across the globe and
Europe needs to trade with Britain. If the First Minister wishes to go
to Oslo and look at what Norway is doing, yes, what we need to be
crafting out here is a British relationship with Europe.
Carwyn Jones says we are in uncharted territory and no country
has left the EU before, and no other country, including Norway, provides
a ready-made blueprint to describe how things will work after Brexit.
Norway had to build its own relationship with Europe. The UK
will have to do the same when it formally starts the Brexit process
in March. Dan, Carwyn Jones is keen
that the Prime Minister listens to him during Brexit negotiations -
is this trip going to Well, you would have to say that the
Welsh government's record at getting what it wants in Westminster in
recent years has been patchy. Whether Theresa May will pay
attention to Carwyn Jones this time, who knows, she has a lots of other
people to listen to and not to mention differences of opinion
within her own party and government and of course the rest of Europe.
Today Carwyn Jones said she needs to make clear exactly what the UK
Government's position is and he says he is not spoiling for a fight but
in the next breath he says it isn't even clear to the government itself
what the policy is. Every step of the way he has to bear in mind- and
he is fully aware - that the majority of people in Wales voted to
leave, including many strongholds of his own Labour Party. It is fair
enough to commit to figure out what sort of Brexit he wants but getting
it is a different matter altogether. Jamie. Thank you.
While the First Minister has been visiting Norway
it's emerged that he blocked one of his ministers from
The economy secretary Ken Skates' request
for a trip scheduled this month was declined.
He'd been invited by a creative industries company to Los Angeles,
The Welsh Government said the timing was not appropriate.
Should Wales be given control over immigration?
That's the call tonight from a group of MPs who say
devolving some powers over the system, such as visas
and migration quotas, could help public confidence.
The UK Government says any changes would lead to complications.
Our political reporter Carl Roberts has the story.
Immigration is never far from the headlines.
Today's debate - who should set the rules for people wanting to
A report from a group of MPs and peers
says the Welsh Government should have a say and is calling on the UK
Government to seriously consider devolving a degree of control over
immigration policy powers to the nations and regions to help
It also wants an independent commission to explore
What the decision to leave the EU gives us
is the opportunity to design a new immigration system.
So, our report recommends an independent commission
to explore how a devolved, region-led system might give people
a greater sense of democratic control over immigration
Shaping immigration criteria to address national or regional
needs will instil greater confidence that the system works for your area
The report also suggests looking at the system in
place in Canada, were all ten provincial governments are allowed
to set specific requirements for immigrants and have some control
Some question whether this kind of system would work here in Wales.
In some ways it would make sense because education and housing
are already devolved issues but in other ways it may complicate
things because asylum and immigration are
obviously not devolved and asylum seekers are frequently rooted around
the UK on a no-choice basis so they would have to look
at that policy again if they want to solve these issues.
Others say immigration rules tailored to the needs of Wales
Wales' economic profile is different from
We have a larger dependency on manufacturing and
we're the only country in the UK that is a net
exporter of goods, so
having our own ability to issue work visas and work permits would give us
an increased advantage, I think, in terms of
boosting our economy and
The Welsh Government has welcomed the
report and says it would like to see the needs
of Wales represented in
any future UK Government immigration policy but the UK Government isn't
so keen and says having different immigration policies for different
parts of the UK would complicated the system.
A children's football coach who took ecstacy for the first time
died after falling into a river and drowning.
An inquest was told 21-year-old Jordan Miers was seen
confused and disorientated after leaving a work's Christmas
His body was recovered from the city's marina
A television channel specialising in extreme sports has been unveiled
as the latest business partner for the the proposed
Those behind the project are hoping to build the ?425 million
Extreme runs events and says its online sports channel
New plans include a skate park and stage for live music.
400 workers at the JCB factory in Wrexham will be involved
in supplying the United States army with a fleet of forklift trucks.
They'll be producing axles for 1,600 rough terrain vehicles.
It's one of the biggest single orders in JCB's history.
What's the best way to help children who have not been given
It's a question many have been asking
following research from Public Health Wales which revealed
how adverse childhood experiences can affect people for life,
both in terms of their mental well-being and
Our reporter Carys Notley has been to a centre in Newport which aims
Do you want to chop the better, darling, so it will melt in better?
Caroline has been fostering for seven years.
She currently has two children in her care alongside her
Some of the children she's cared for over
the years have had a difficult or traumatic past.
Some, she says, talk openly about this.
You work at the child's pace, some choose not to
and just sit there and enjoy what's happening.
Others will sit back and reflect and say, we never did this, we never
You know, they don't share what's gone on and
you have to respect their need for privacy in that regard.
Many children taken into care have a difficult family background.
Research released at the end of 2016 shows that those exposed to abuse,
domestic violence or other stressful situations
childhood but have a much greater chance of developing long-term
mental health problems as well as chronic diseases like type two
The charity Action for Children holds
sessions for foster carers to try to create
sessions for foster carers to try to create new positive
memories for the children they care for.
This centre in Newport tries to combat some of
the issues raised in the Public Health Wales report.
This is a safe place where children and foster
parents can come together where guidance and support is offered,
focused on play, nurture and recapturing the childhood that some
Here they practice exercises such as balance beams to help build
confidence and trust between care and foster child.
It's introducing children to experiences they missed out on.
Fundamentals that all children need for healthy
As we know that play is a fundamental part of that, feeling
safe so that children can relax is a fundamental part of that.
And these are the fundamentals that our
There's also been talk of the Welsh government
setting up so-called children's zones in areas with high numbers of
children believed to be having a difficult or traumatic childhood.
Places where organisations can collaborate to improve the lives of
I really want to see more detail on the children's zones.
The last I heard from government was that some local authorities have
come forward to say they are interested.
I don't know where they are or what the detail is.
We know that by reducing incidences of
domestic abuse, fewer parents are going into prison, reducing
homelessness and violence and we will make children's childhoods
happier and reduce long-term problems.
The Welsh Government says it's working
to prevent and reduce the impact of adverse experiences on children
but can't yet provide any details on the timescale for
Having settled in well with Caroline, the hope is more foster
children like these will get the help and support they need in
childhood to live as healthy, happy adults.
A school in Torfaen is appealing for help to catch two
suspected thieves it says have caused tens
of thousands of pounds of damage by removing lead from its roof.
Staff at West Monmouth School in Pontypool returned this week
to find computer equipment and GCSE artwork ruined.
Torfaen Council says it's the third incident
A seriously damp start of the New Year. You can see that the lead has
been taken from there. If you come around the corner you can see right
the way down where it would have been, and through the windows you
can see where it has been cut. The headteacher reckons the life
that has been taken was only worth around ?100 or so, the damage it has
caused is far more expensive. The water has come down with
significant damage to the ceiling. A lot of it has come down. We've got
dehumidifiers in here at the moment. Lots of laptops soaked through.
The school has released the CCTV footage, appearing to show the
suspects in the early hours of New Year's Eve. It is hoped they will
get in touch with Gwent Police. It is thought to in excess of
?40,000 and it could go up more when we do an analysis of the equipment.
This is the third instance of metal theft in three months from schools
in this area. Torfaen council says thousands of pounds worth of damage
has been caused so far, and hard work has also been ruined.
It has landed on all the GCSE work. When the pupils find out they will
be really disappointed. A lot of time and effort has gone into it
more than anything. A lot of this isn't covered by
insurance and a lot of this will have to be paid for by the public
purse. The school wants to catch those responsible for a massive
waste of public resources. The new man at Swansea City faces
the media for the first time - Paul Clement sets out his vision
for the struggling And one of our rooms is missing -
the mystery of Gwydir Castle's disappearing parlour,
and an American newspaper tycoon. A housing development
in Pembrokeshire, which claims to be Wales' first solar village,
has been officially opened. The six eco-homes have
been built near Cardigan and they'll be used to house people
on the council's waiting list. When it comes to houses, it was all
meant to be about location, location and location. Set in idyllic
location in temperature, the six timber homes face south to harness
energy from the south and use a fraction of the energy of a
traditional house. The average two-bedroom house uses this much gas
and electricity every year, costing anything up to ?1500 per household.
This house uses much less. It only uses electricity and accuses 4000
kilowatt hours. It generates thousands per year, meaning the
bills are roughly around ?200 and any electricity that is left over is
sold to the national grid. It has taken more than four years to
finish. Financing hasn't been easy, many mortgage lenders still prefer
bricks and mortar. Now they are to get out four homes to those on the
waiting lists. The authority wants to deal with the housing shortage
with homes like this and the Environment Secretary says she is
keen. I don't see why we can't replicate
this. We are dedicated to building 20,000 more affordable homes and why
not houses like this? The houses can be built quickly,
like piecing together a giant jigsaw. The component walls are
built just a mile of the road. This man is now employed full-time.
We made this building in four or five days and we can find it within
a week, watertight within a week. You don't really see that often.
That is how it's different. The scheme needed ?2 million of private
investment and the idea is still seen as a prototype. Could these
type of houses be commonplace in future?
You don't have to wait until tomorrow to generate more energy
than they use, we can do it now so we should just do it. We should
start building houses all over the place using this technology.
It has been a Labour of love for the people behind these buildings and
the first tenants are expected to move in within the next few weeks.
A police officer in Wrexham has been recognised for her outstanding work
with the deaf community across North Wales.
Sergeant Laura Salisbury-Jones has grown up with an older brother
She's received the Force's award for Diversity Champion for her work
and for having completed four British sign language
Wrexham in itself has got a big deaf community,
and just from seeing the problems my brother
faces, really, if they want to report a crime or
or speak to an officer it's so difficult for them to do that.
Swansea City's new manager has faced the media for the first time,
setting out his vision for the struggling
Claire Summers is at the Liberty Stadium for us tonight.
Swansea City's new man in charge, their third boss of the season
Paul Clement has agreed a two-and-a-half-year deal
The 44-year-old said today his priority is to bring
Halfway through their season, the Swans have 18 Premier League
games to play with 54 more points available, the question
is he the man to keep them in the Premier League?
Is this the man to transform the city's fortunes around? 44-year-old
Paul Clement facing the media for the first time today, clear to spell
out why he has come to the Liberty Stadium. I'm excited by the
challenge. I could've stayed at Bayern Munich and had a great chance
to win the league there and advance into the further stages of the
Champions League and it would have been great but I've done that for
the last six or seven years and I want another challenge. I can feel
excited already, I feel good about it.
Having enjoyed modest success of a non-league player, his coaching CV
boasts much experience in the right-hand man to Carlo Ancelotti.
Derby County sacked him after eight months, despite them being fifth in
the championship table. It is his connection with the Italian coach
that has seen him work at some of the biggest clubs. The pair met at
Chelsea and have worked at Real Madrid, where they managed stars
like Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo. They moved on to Bayern
Munich but Swansea city have come calling and he feels the time is
right. The supporters trust have welcomed the appointment, please to
have been consulted this time around.
Very pleasing from our point of view, and the major shareholders
have kept us up to date and will be consulted us on the various
candidates and the ultimate equipment that has taken place.
Paul Clement says he is still in the process of finalising his staff that
there won't be a place on his first-team coaching setup for Swans
legend Alan Curtis. He told me the 62-year-old who has been caretaker
manager three times were still have a role at the club and is meeting
the chairman tomorrow. We have had a slight readjustment in
what we're doing in Germany. We would like Alan to stay at the club.
Some fans thought he had left and that isn't the case. -- doing
internally. A lot of the decision will be down to him.
The task he faces is a difficult one. He says he has had assurances
from the bosses there will be money in the January transfer window. His
challenge is to keep Swansea city a shining light Indian Premier League.
Swansea have been accused of lacking character this season
but they showed plenty of fight on their win over Crystal Palace.
Paul Clement watched that game from the sidelines -
he takes full charge away to Hull this weekend, in the third
round of the FA Cup. Jamie.
Could someone in the United States hold the key to an 80-year Welsh
Unique oak panelling from Gwydir Castle near Llanrwst
was sold to the flamboyant American newspaper magnate
William Randolph Hearst - and hasn't been seen
Now the castle's current owners are turning detective
to try to find it in the hope it can be brought home.
Gwydir is more house than castle, just across the River Conwy.
It was built for the Wynne's, a leading Welsh family,
This was really one of the principal entrances into
the main house, into the solar towers.
The solar tower dates to around 1500.
For Judy Corbett and her husband, it has been a 23 year
A ruin brought back to life, but there are bits missing.
Describe to me what this would have looked like say 500 years ago.
Well, the walls would have been lined with
this amazing oak panelling and here in front of this rather, as it is,
magnificent fireplace as it is now, there was a remarkable late 16th
century overmantle, a fireplace, here.
And now just this photograph remains.
It is from the catalogue when the contents of the castle were
The buyer, William Randolph Hearst, the flamboyant
American newspaper magnate who inspired the film Citizen Kane.
Just like Kane he pursued power and wealth.
He had the panelling and fireplace shipped back to New York
for his own apartment but it disappeared in 1939.
The current owners of Gwydir Castle have turned
It was very valuable so it wouldn't have been
It was taken out of the apartment and now it is just
that that we lose track of so we are spending our time
in record offices and online, constantly searching for
And the couple have formed the interior of this room. They track
this down to New York's met Museum, still in crates. They bought it back
and brought it home. Over 23 years, Judy and her husband have turned
from house restorers into house detectives. They say they are really
passionate about finding the interior of this room. The question
of course is what happens if it turns up? And what happens if the
people who have it once an awful lot of money for it? They say they will
find a way and they say that restoring this room to the way it
was intended would be worth it. I could do with a face-lift. This is
the lowest temperature recorded so far in Wales this year. Parts of the
coast of freezing. This cracking photograph was taken today. It
hasn't been sunny everywhere. This shot shows plenty of cloud in
Pembrokeshire. This evening cloudy in the south-west.
Elsewhere clear with a widespread frost.
That lift temperatures with the odd spot of rain on Anglesey.
So here's the picture for 8 in the morning.
Not as cold as today but chilly and fairly cloudy.
Most places dry for a while but with spots of rain in the north and west.
During the day outbreaks of rain will spread
Some heavy rain in the afternoon with low cloud,
Milder later in the day with a south to southwesterly breeze.
In Monmouthshire tomorrow a dry and chilly morning.
A little rain in the afternoon with a high of 6C in Chepstow.
In Conwy, dry for a while but rain on the way.
Tomorrow night the rain will ease off and clear.
So turning drier with low cloud, mist and fog patches.
Saturday mist and fog will slowly lift.
Light rain or drizzle in places otherwise dry.
And some places will brighten-up with a little sunshine.
Temperatures on the mild side with light winds.
The odd spot of light rain or drizzle.
Equally a lot of dry weather with a few sunny intervals.
So after today's blue sky, sunshine and frost.
It's all change tomorrow with some rain on the way.
More on tonight's stories on our website.
I'll have an update for you here at 8 o'clock and again
That's Wales Today - thank you for watching,
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