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Welcome to Wales Today. Tonight's headlines.
The leader of the Conservatives in Wales denies he suspended
the party's rules in the Assembly to allow the former Ukip AM,
This isn't an argument between MPs and AMs.
This is argument between the volunteers and the voluntary
party of the Conservative Party, and it is their party.
The Champions League final will be the biggest sporting event
The man in charge of policing it says there'll be a
Nice and Berlin are still at the forefront of our
planning assumptions and considerations when we're talking
about the policing and security and safety.
Three women are cleared of force-feeding and manhandling
young children at a nursery in Port Talbot.
And it's being called Wales' largest living art installation
and it's part of a project to encourage us all to Get Creative.
The leader of the Conservatives in Wales has denied
that he suspended the party's rules in the Assembly to allow the former
Andrew RT Davies has told us it "wasn't in his gift" to do so.
It comes after UK Conservative sources told BBC Wales that Tory AMs
have now put their positions in jeopardy and could be deselected.
The latest from our political correspondent, Arwyn Jones.
The leader of the Conservatives in Wales welcoming the
There's no love lost between the Conservatives and
Mark Reckless after he defected to Ukip three years ago.
Conservative Party rules are clear, only party members
It has been made very clear that Mr Reckless
Even his new leader didn't want him two years ago.
I have to say, as you go out today, there will be collection
buckets at the door so that you can give generously so that we can boot
But instead of booting him out, he has welcomed Mr Reckless back in.
The answer we were told was the group in the Assembly
suspended the constitution, bypassing the rule book
to allow Reckless into their ranks and become
But surely, a political party can't just bypass the rule book?
He's got to explain himself and explain what his group are up to.
This is a key ingredient for an elected politician
that represent our party that they are a member.
This isn't an argument between MPs and AMs, this is an
argument between the volunteers and the voluntary party of the
Sources within the UK Conservative Party told BBC Wales
they were furious that any AM who voted to bypass the rules could
be refused the right to stand again at the next election.
But today, during a radio interview, the leader in Wales said they'd
It wouldn't be in our gift to suspend the Conservative Party
Mark Reckless has not applied to be a member of the
Mark Reckless has said that, we have said this.
This is what is confusing a lot of people, that you have got a
nonmember of the party sitting in your group.
It happens in democracies across the world and
council chambers across the world as well.
Last year, they got seven AMs elected to Cardiff Bay.
Mark Reckless wrote the manifesto and is now the second AM to turn
Mark Reckless is a regional Assembly Member for South Wales East,
an area which includes Newport and the theatre where
they launched that manifesto last year.
That means he wasn't voted in as an individual,
How do voters here feel now he has turned his back on that party?
He's gone with what is best for him, hasn't he?
He could be with the Lib Dems or Labour next week.
I don't think he should have done it.
On the one hand he is right in that Ukip was
set up to get us out of Europe and effectively
Ukip really should pack up their bags and cease to exist.
There is an overused saying that a week is a long time in politics,
the past 24 hours have shown that events can move a lot more quickly
Arwyn, where does the party go from here?
They add in a bit of a pickle. As far as they are concerned, they
definitely is the ascent -- Presiding Officer and she is happy
for Mark Reckless to sit as a Tory Assembly Member. The problem comes
with the internal Conservative Party rules. Andrew RT Davies said it
wasn't in his gift to bypass those rules but I'm informed that a vote
was held about precisely that issue. If those rules haven't been bypass,
where does that leave Mark Reckless? He can't set as a Conservative
Assembly Member. Andrew RT Davies this morning taste is language a Mr
Reckless would they -- vote with the Conservative group. I am told that
Conservative Party bosses in London are happy to bide their time but
will not tolerate Mark Reckless on the Conservative benches in here. We
also know Andrew RT Davies isn't a man to shy away from a fight. There
are the ingredients therefore political turmoil ahead.
Cardiff will be at "its busiest ever" when it hosts
the Champions League final on the 3rd June
with a "ring of steel" in the city according to the officers in charge
of policing the biggest sporting event in the world this year.
More than 170,000 fans are expected to travel
to the capital for the match, and it'll be broadcast to
Around 12,000 staff will be working at the event.
It is billed as the best of the best come on the ultimate stage. The
Champions League final at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on
June the 3rd. Today, organisers revealed detailed plans for the
biggest sporting event Wales has ever hosted. A four-day festival of
football starting with the women's final on June the 1st. We're not
shying away from the fact if you are a small city don't have the
infrastructure or the 24 hour were underground or hotel rooms. We knew
that we had to find solutions. We worked with Uefa on that. 100
private jets will transport the APs to Cardiff to watch the match was
that fans will make 60,000 train journeys, that is 15,000 more than
during the Rugby World Cup. 1500 officers from around the UK will
police the event. They say they have never planned for anything like it.
We will be putting in road closures to stop the vehicle attacks we saw
in Westminster, Berlin and Nice and considerations around pedestrians
and also ticket holders coming to the stadium. Wales is no stranger to
hosting global events and the deception they bring. Three years
ago the Nato conference brought the road closures and security fences.
Most of the rows in the city centre will close at midnight on Saturday
June the 3rd and reopen in the early hours of Sunday morning. Cowbridge
Road East between Cathedral Road and Castle Street will be shut from
Thursday the 1st of June, opening again at 6am on Monday. They will be
plenty of closures to in Cardiff Bay where the fan zone will be based,
from Thursday the 1st of June until the Sunday night. This is how the
champions festival with looking Cardiff Bay. It won't actually be
showing the men's final but will host events of the highlights a
floating football pitch. Instead of boats here on the water, they will
be boots, great was at that. The team sheets last year included
Carlos. In Milan, they were 20,000 people to watch the Legends match.
This was Milan last year. There were 65,000 hotel rooms in the city,
Cardiff has 4000. The festival will take up a lot of space. There's
Cardiff park will transform into a campsite and not everyone is happy.
We're going to get thousands of people camping in the parks.
Hundreds of vehicles parking, tents, toilets refreshments, all of the
paraphernalia that go on. We're talking about taking the away from
the people for weeks. Organisers say this is an event for the whole of
Wales with bilingual branding for the first time ever. But to be seen
around the world by a reported 1.3 billion people. The journey to the
final four teams, fans and planners is well and away. From now until
June, all roads lead to Cardiff. Cardiff Crown Court has heard a man
had taken cocaine at some point before crashing a car in Cardiff
which resulted in the death Joseph Smith was travelling
in the car driven by The jury was told it wasn't possible
to say how the drug would have He denies causing death
by dangerous driving. The boss of the NHS in Wales has
rejected the idea that patients could end up waiting longer
for planned treatment as a "trade-off" for quicker
emergency and cancer care. The suggestion was made last week
by the head of the English NHS. But Andrew Goodall says the health
service here should keep making "steady and sustained improvements,
across the board". It comes as his annual
report is published. The owner of a Port Talbot nursery
and two other staff members have been found not guilty of causing
cruelty to children. It took a jury at Swansea Crown
Court just over eight hours to acquit Katie Davies,
Christina Pinchess and Shelbie Forgan of allegations of
force feeding and manhandling young children at the Bright
Sparks nursery. Innocent of any wrongdoing, these
three nursery workers wept as a jury of five men and seven women
acquitted them of causing Outside court, a statement read
on behalf of the Bright Sparks owner, Katie Davis,
and two of her colleagues, Christina Pinchess and Shelbie
Forgan, described the impact the allegations have
had on their lives. It has been a very sad and emotive
case for all concerned. Three women who stand next to me
here have completely unblemished characters and have
had their lives turned upside down. The nursery Bright Sparks is
a wonderful environment for children and that business was set up first
and foremost to care for children The Bright Sparks nursery opened
in 2014 after its owner Katie Davies It closed last year
after Miss Davies voluntarily suspended her registration in light
of claims that some of the children there were
being ill treated. South Wales Police that
investigation after allegations were made by four students
who were on work experience placements at the nursery
in the latter half of 2015. During the course of the trial
the jury heard these students, who had very little or no previous
experience working in child care, had either misinterpreted
or exaggerated what they had seen. It's not yet clear whether
the nursery will reopen. The three women say they hope
to move on and continue to It's part of a project to encourage
us all to try something And some places are in
for the warmest weekend But how long will the warm,
sunny weather last? It's crucial Wales has access
to the EU digital single market after Brexit,
according to a leading voice The sector is growing more quickly
here than anywhere else Now, in the third report
in our special series, Jordan Davies looks at how Wales
could tap into this Not silicon valley, an allotment
in the Rhondda Valley. It's a place you may not
ordinarily find Mark Thomas, He is here to sell
the idea of farm bot. If you could connect
technology which could plant and water and weed and harvest food,
it could be a really good way of utilising the green space
in, say, South Wales. Farm bot is an example
of the digital economy You could order your veg
online from places like The potential is phenomenal,
isn't it, really. Mark is willing to spread
the word far and wide. He knows how transformative
the digital world could be. His Wales-based online survey
company operates in 500 cities. The digital economy will allow
us to create a number of jobs which could far
outgrow the number of spaces within Additionally, it'd be
great to see people stop going down to Cardiff and more
people going up to Tylorstown. But what about selling to places
like Toulouse or Turin, Europe? The EU's looking to introduce one
set of rules for digital products It is called the EU
Digital Single Market. It hasn't happened yet
and may not happen But David here, a former director
for Digital Wales at the Welsh Government, who is now
creating successful digital businesses, believes
access to it is key. I think it's pretty crucial,
I think we need to be part of it. If we are not, we've got to get
on with exporting elsewhere. As I said, in many ways,
for digital businesses, proximity is actually slightly less important
than it is for some. The Economy Secretary also
believes access is vital. If we don't have access
to the digital single market, the single market for goods
and services, then we do face huge challenges in terms
of our competitiveness. But at IQE, where their
semiconductors are used in close to every smartphone in the world,
Brexit isn't a concern. They are aiming to attract more
global businesses to create a Welsh semiconductor kingdom
known as a cluster. I suspect Brexit will not
have a strong impact on the cluster because compounds and
conductor technologies are global so we could certainly start
to build a cluster that would attract the size of,
in the region of 5000 Will Wales become a small
clever nation like this Those working in the digital
and tech economies are convinced. Much like the endless
possibilities for this device, the potential for Wales' digital
future is almost limitless. S4C has called for major changes
to its finances and its remit if it's to avoid becoming
a second class service. The channel's chief executive
has outlined his vision for the next ten years
but says a radical shake-up is needed to ensure it can meet up
with the changing demands He's been speaking to our arts
and media correspondent Huw Thomas. The new face of S4C,
online only as part of the channel's early efforts
to reach new audiences. S4C wants to do more of this
in future to ensure its content reaches everyone no matter
where or how they watch. But the man in charge
of the channel says it will need millions of pounds in
new investment at a time when it is still dealing with years
of cuts to its budget. We don't have a choice,
we have to target those viewers on the platforms of their choice
and the platforms they want to use. That costs and therefore we need
sufficient finance to do that. If we can't, then S4C might
turn into a second-class There is a warning that
programmes will suffer There is only one place we can find
that finance and that is to Now, I don't think that would be
fair, it would mean cutting part of Most of S4C's budget
comes from public funds. Around 75 million from the TV
licence fee and almost It wants 6 million more to pay for
the technology to reach every new digital device and an unspecified
sum to spend on new programmes. Its future will be considered
by an independent review later this year but securing more money seems
far from certain. It could be a struggle
to get the money. The government has laid down
cuts over the years. One thing that is important
is to get some sort of stability because there are a number
of reports that we are expecting on S4C including the government's
independent report on S4C which may come later this year and maybe
at that point we will have an answer to the financial situation.
Who knows? The vision S4C outlined
today will be part of the evidence it submits
to the independent review. The UK Government has struggled
to find someone to chair the review which has delayed the start but S4C
hopes the work will be completed by the autumn and at least
some of the conclusions will support its own
vision for the next ten years. It's been a dramatic start
to the cricket season, here's Tomos. First day of the season and yes,
the wickets have been tumbling. Glamorgan endured a terrible
start to their In a nightmare first
morning against Northants, In reply, Northants lost three early
wickets but ended the day Swansea City have just seven games
to maintain their status The Swans, who've picked-up
just a point in the last four league games, travel
to West Ham United. They're on an even worse run of form
with five straight defeats. The Swans are two
points from safety. Head coach Paul Clement
thinks their relegation fight will go to the last game
of the season. There's going to be some
tense moments ahead, Every game is really important,
every game has got a lot at stake. It's not going to surprise me now,
I think, if we have that right up until West Brom on the last day
of the season. Elsewhere, Cardiff City
are home to Brentford. Wales' women have beaten
Northern Ireland 3-1 in a friendly Elsewhere, Cardiff City
are home to Brentford. Striker Ricky Lambert faces
an uncertain future. Manager Neil Warnock says he does
not feature in his plans. The England international has only
scored four goals since August. It's another massive
game for Newport County. They're five points from safety
at the bottom of League 2 Wrexham travel to Bromley
in the National League. After crashing out of
the European Challenge Cup last weekend, the Blues are hoping
to bounce back in the Pro12 tonight. Coach Danny Wilson says he was left
frustrated after their second half He's called on his players
to "toughen up" ahead of tonight's Liam Williams' fight
for the interim WBO super welterweight title
is still on despite his opponent Williams, who's from Clydach Vale,
can still win for the title but his opponent Liam Smith can no
longer win it and will be fined. You know, when you are tied
to the weight it is hell. Liam Williams has to be strict
in order to make the weight. He took a bit of weight off this
morning and so it wasn't easy So, obviously Liam Smith struggled
that little bit more, didn't he. Three Cardiff Devils players
have been named in ice Hockey's Elite League All Star Team
- they are Ben Bowns, After winning the Elite League
and Challenge Cup the Devils could clinch
the treble this weekend They face Dundee Stars
tomorrow in the semis Win that and they'll play
in the final on sunday. And finally good luck to welsh
trainers, Rebecca Curtis and Nigel Twiston Davies with horses
running in tomorrow's It's being called Wales' largest
living art installation. Around a hundred people gathered
in the Brecon Beacons earlier - to outline a map of of the country,
and other shapes on the It's part of a project
called Get Creative encouraging people to
try something new. There are more than 200 events
happening across Wales over the next three days and it
all started on Pen y Fan What better way to spend a glorious
Friday by hiking up one of Wales's most beautiful mountain ranges. This
group is heading for this, a 2-D map of Wales outlined in nature friendly
red hessian. All in the name of being creative. Thousands of people
climb the peaks of the Brecon Beacons every year but today it is
unjust hikers who are here, the mountain has never seen anything
quite like this. Named in the heart of us, the volunteers transformed
the slope into a living art installation. The shifting series of
images. Spelling out the words Get Creative, moving to the centre to
throw some shapes to mimic a beating heart and outlining Wales's main
artery, the 8470. All in the days work for these participants. I'm
glad it isn't right at the top! It is getting people together, it
getting people out. I am extremely concerned we are losing our
creativity. It is lovely to see young people here. It is really fun.
There was a bit of waving your arms around and a bit of dancing or
movement. Arms up. This art installation has been thrown
together, it has been carefully planned by this man. Phil Williams
has teamed up with the local theatre. He directed all from this
little amount at the foot of the mountain. What I wanted to do was do
something around blood and the beating heart of creativity that
Wales has. Creativity is often seen as something elitist and we want to
open that out everybody. Today's installation kick start a whole
weekend of creative activities as part of the BBC Wales and Arts
Council of Wales project. More than 200 events are being held across
Wales from tailoring in Llandudno to young rapping in Llantrisant.
Whatever you fancy trying, it is about celebrating Wales's creative
side whatever shape it takes. Perfect weather to get creative
today. It is looking like a beautiful weekend.
There's more lovely weather to come this weekend.
Saturday the best day for a picnic but there's a fly
The sky clear and it will turn chilly again.
Cold enough in some rural spots for a touch of frost.
One or two fog patches forming as well.
Tomorrow high pressure will be centred just to the east of the UK.
The wind will turn more into the south and warmer air
A few mist and fog patches in the south and Powys.
Fine and sunny with a clear, blue sky.
During the morning any mist and fog will soon burn off.
The whole country then dry and sunny.
A gorgeous afternoon and it will end-up warmer than today.
Temperatures soaring into the mid to high teens.
A cracking day tomorrow for climbing Snowdon.
A cool breeze on the summit and don't forget your hat and suncream.
And lovely tomorrow for a trip to the seaside.
17 in New Quay with a breeze off the land.
Cooler in Colwyn Bay with a light breeze off the sea.
The sky clear and it will turn cool again,
Fine and sunny for a while but cloud will spread from the west
Warm in mid and east Wales but cooler in the north west.
Cooler too on the south and west coast with an onshore breeze.
Next week, Monday and Tuesday dry but cool
Later in the week drier and more settled again.
In the meantime, enjoy the sunny and warmer weather this weekend.
A reminder of the top stories from the BBC.
Russia has promised to strengthen Syria's anti-aircraft defences
after the US bombarded a Syrian air base with missiles.
American officials say the base was used to launch
a chemical weapons attack that left dozens of people dead.
Russia, which backs the Syrian president, condemned the US strike.
And the leader of the Conservatives in Wales has denied
that he suspended the party's rules in the Assembly to allow the former
Andrew RT Davies has told us it "wasn't in his gift" to do so.
It comes after UK Conservative sources told BBC Wales that Tory AMs
We will have a quick update at eight in jeopardy and could be deselected.
We will have a quick update at eight o'clock. More after the news at ten.
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a major scientific breakthrough.