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Theresa May campaigning in Wales,

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in Labour's heartlands, with a plea to support her

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or face what she called a coalition of chaos.

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You have a real example of Plaid Cymru working with Labour. The sort

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of collaboration we would see in Westminster if Jeremy Corbyn and

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Leanne Wood had their way in the future. At this community Centre

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Theresa May insisted that every single vote would strengthen her

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hand in the Brexit talks. Plaid Cymru's leader Leanne Wood

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launches her party's She says Labour is too "weak"

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to stand up for Wales. Workers at Ford in Bridgend

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are to vote on whether to strike amid uncertainty over

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the plant's future. The Liverpool drugs gang accused

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of a revenge attack on one And who'll take the strain when it

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comes to running your local services Theresa May has called on voters

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to abandon their tribal loyalty to the Labour Party

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as she made her first visit to Wales In a speech to supporters

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in the Conservative target seat of Bridgend, she claimed every

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single vote would strengthen her Our political editor

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Nick Servini was there. Ladies and gentlemen, please give

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the warmest of welcomes, the loudest cheers for the Prime Minister of the

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United Kingdom. The Conservatives are trying to keep

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a lid on their excitement, but the noise and smiles for Theresa May in

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Bridgend told their own story. I'm really pleased to be able to be

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here in Wales, and to say to Wales, how important Wales is to me,

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because Wales is important to our country.

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Wales could also become important for the Conservative Party if it

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sees a big improvement in its fortunes as was suggested in one

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poll last night. Theresa May's visits to Labour consistencies in

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Newport and Bridgend is a statement of intent that the party is looking

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to grow its current tally of 11 MPs. In a speech to activists she

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insisted time and again that every single vote counted, as she looked

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on in her hand in breakfast negotiations, which she claimed was

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under threat. What we see from other parties is

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that they want to undermine the task ahead. They've shown that they are

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willing to do anything to disrupt breakfast the gauche Asians and stop

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us from leading Britain into the future. -- disrupt the Brexit

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negotiations. Remember the polls were wrong in 2015. They were wrong

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in the referendum last year. Jeremy Corbyn has said he was a 200 to one

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outsider for the leadership in 2015, look where that one went. This was a

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message to the party faithful. But there was a wider message as well

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for Labour voters to look again at their tribal loyalty to their party.

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But, you know, the Tories may think things are going reasonably well,

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but this is a huge job, in which many Tory party leaders have failed

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to do. There hasn't been a Tory MP and Bridgend since the days of

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Margaret Thatcher. We still don't know who their candidate will be.

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But what are their chances now? Presents Laughter was just around

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the corner giving a speech, do you think the Conservatives can win

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Bridgend? I hope so. People really don't want

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to be in Europe anymore. I think that will be the thing everything

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hinges on in the end. Can the Conservatives winning

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Bridgend? Know, Leyburn! All the way. To me there is no Labour Party

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anymore. The Conservatives could win here? Possibly. I think I've noticed

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a lot of people are turning Tory. She has something people like. She's

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a woman, she's a little bit like Margaret Thatcher. Bridgend is the

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Assembly seat of the Welsh Labour leader Carwyn Jones, who was asked

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about the Tories parking their tanks on labour lawns. It's a stunt, I

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suppose, is it? What's important is that people see the Tories for what

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they are. Their idea is to say nothing and do something. We want

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Labour MPs who will stand up from Wales and not sheep with blue

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rosettes. Stunt or not, the Prime Minister went to a steel company in

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Newport. These are the early skirmishes of what would be a short

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and intense campaign. But the heavy lifting for all the parties is still

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to come. We saw Theresa May managing expectations there, but is there a

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degree of confidence among conservatives? Conservative

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supporters here this afternoon are acutely aware of not looking

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complacent. They may struggle to get votes if that is the case. They'll

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get hammered for it in the campaign. That said there is a palpable sense

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of excitement and enthusiasm for the possibilities that could be in play.

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We haven't had a conservative British Prime Minister coming to

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this constituency on a visit like this for over 20 years. That tells

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its own story. This is not going to be a defensive campaign run by the

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Conservatives, they are looking to gain as many seats as they can.

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Nothing dramatically new wind terms of content from Theresa May today.

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It was interesting that very personal, explicit appeal to give

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her a mandate. It was also interesting about this tribal sense

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of appeal to Labour voters, particularly any seat like Bridgend,

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Tory leaders have done this in the past. The question is whether

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Brexit, the problems Labour have got, mean that combination can turn

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no-go areas in the past for the parties into areas in which they

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could have a serious chance of success on June the 8th.

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Nick, in Bridgend, thank you. At the other end of the country

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Plaid Cymru's leader was in Bangor to launch her party's

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general election campaign. Leanne Wood claimed Theresa May's

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Conservatives would damage Wales, and that Labour was too weak

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and divided to prevent it. Fresh snow on the mountain

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in Plaid Cymru's heartlands. And just across the Menai Strait,

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Anglesey, Ynys Mon, And geography is important

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to Plaid Cymru at UK general elections they've never really

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managed to break out While the official opposition

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in Westminster is divided and riddled with infighting,

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Plaid Cymru's message in this Brexit, and specifically what type

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of Brexit is the backdrop Plaid Cymru's slogan

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is 'Defending Wales'. Leanne Wood, the party's

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leader insists the party is at risk from the Tories,

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they say only they can save it. It's vitally important now that

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Wales has strong voices in Westminster to defend our people

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and very nation from Why can't Labour do that,

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they would be better placed than you, at most you only

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have a handful of MPs, don't you? Well, since June we've heard

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more talk of Gibraltar than we've heard about Wales,

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Labour MPs have failed to stand up for Wales,

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failed to put forward the Welsh national interest in this crucial

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time in our history. It's down to Plaid Cymru to be

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that voice for Wales. They are not able to form

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the opposition that is needed now. Plaid Cymru always find UK elections

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more difficult to fight Their leader, candidates and party

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members will spend the next six weeks telling us

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that they are relevant, they can make a difference,

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and they will stand up for Wales. To do that they are evoking

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the threat of conservatives past as a way of attacking what they see

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as a weakening Labour vote now. This is what a Leanne Wood told

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the BBC's Daily Politics. People in Wales would do well

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to remember the Tory's record. I grew up in the valleys,

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in the 1980s, when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister and she decimated

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the coal industry. It's a direct pitch for disenchanted

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Labour voters, they've done that But this election is being fought

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in unique circumstances. Workers at the Ford factory

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in Bridgend will be balloted for industrial action

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amid uncertainty over the plant's future, that's

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according to the Unite Union. It was revealed earlier this year

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that the plant could be down-sized Caroline Evans is outside the plant

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for us this evening. Well, fears surrounding the plant

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have been public for some time. The issue facing the hundreds of workers

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is this. Ford makes 600,000 engines here, but the contract for those

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coming to an end. Going forward the only guaranteed work is for 120,000

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engines. So if bad happens, and nowhere comes in event jobs could go

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here. The workforce will be reduced to 600 by 20 21. In addition to that

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we know from a leaked document that the plant is said to be

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underperforming here. Overtime levels are said to be double that of

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the plant in Dagenham. That assertion hasn't gone down well with

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the unions, as you might expect. They are keen to stress the

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workforce here is loyal. They say there is strong resolve amongst

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members for some form of industrial action. They will be offered the

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choice of strike action or industrial action short of strike

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action, and talks will go on with the company. We are not in a

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position to take the company on, says Unite. We want to work

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together. What have Ford said today? They said this ballot is premature.

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They are committed to ongoing discussions with the union and they

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want to examine the future opportunities for the plant here at

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Bridgend. It looks now as if that ballot is set to go ahead in May and

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the results are expected before the end of the month. Keep us posted.

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A Rhyl drug dealer was murdered by a rival gang in revenge

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for an earlier attack, a court has heard.

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Mark Mason was stabbed more than 20 times in a supermarket

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Three men from Liverpool deny his murder.

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It was early evening on October the 27th when a black BMW followed

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Four men began attacking the van's occupants.

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48-year-old old father of two Mark Mason was fatally stabbed

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over 20 times as he sat in the passenger seat.

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Two other men were stabbed in the leg whilst fleeing vehicle.

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The jury was told that a man named Jake Melia had already pleaded

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guilty to the murder and two counts of wounding.

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But that the three men in the dock were also responsible.

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31-year-old Anthony Baines, Mark Ennis, whose 30 and 20-year-old

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James Davies are alleged to be members of a Liverpool gang

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called the Pensarn Crew, supplying heroin and crack

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It's claimed they murdered Mark Mason in retaliation

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for confronting two of the gang earlier that day wearing a balaclava

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and wielding a machete near marine lake in Rhyl.

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It alleged Jake Melia and James Davies armed themselves

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with kitchen knives, and contacted Anthony Baines

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and Mark Ennis who travelled from Liverpool to Rhyl to look

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The prosecution say it matters not which defendants

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attacked which victims, each bears equal responsibility

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for the murder of Mark Mason and the unlawful wounding

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The men deny the charges on the case continues.

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Martin Richards, BBC Wales Today, Mold Crown Court.

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Who'll do the heavy lifting when it comes to your local services

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And Arctic winds brought a mixture of sunshine and showers today.

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But how long will the cold snap last?

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The number of emergency meals handed out by food banks across Wales has

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risen by more than 10% in the last year, and in Cardiff

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The Trussell Trust, which runs a network of foodbanks says benefit

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delays were one cause, but nearly a quarter of recipients

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in Cardiff were actually working families on low incomes.

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Nick Palit reports. 48-year-old Lee Morgan from Cardiff

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is on disability benefits after a car accident nearly 20 years

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ago left him with a brain injury and unable to work.

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The former welder has outstanding loans, and often

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At this food bank at a church Hall in Cardiff volunteers

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fill Lee's shopping bags and suitcase with food.

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Latest figures show more and more people are becoming reliant on free

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Across Wales number of emergency food banks rose from nearly 86,000

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a year to more than 95,000, an 11% increase.

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Here in the capital, the rise was even higher,

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the Trussel trust's Cardiff food banks experienced a 20% rise

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in demand for emergency food parcels in the last 12 months alone.

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And not all recipients are on benefits.

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Here it's estimated that 22% of those who use the food bank

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I think a cold winter also has an impact in terms of people needing

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There is a lot of hidden hunger, where people don't want

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We had a story the other day of a lady who sold her furniture,

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because it was just too embarrassing and humiliating.

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She actually sold all of her furniture until she thought,

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actually, I do need to go and access this place to feed

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I've been trying to get loans off the dole, and the dole has

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So the only other choice is the food bank.

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If the food bank goes from here, then I'd have nothing.

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With more and more people accessing food banks the charities need more

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donated food if they are to cope with the growing demand

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from people like Lee, who increasingly reliant on it

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A former Powys primary school teacher has admitted a string

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of historical sex offences against young girls.

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Swansea Crown Court heard that Gordon Fleming, from Oswestry,

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abused two dozen children over a six year period.

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He pleaded guilty to 24 counts of indecently sexually assaulting

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A lorry carrying chickens has crashed into a river in Mid Wales.

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The driver is in a stable condition following the incident,

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which took place early this morning between Llandovery and Brecon.

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Natural Resources Wales says some of the chickens

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A council boss has refused to say if he will honour a vow to repay

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compensation won in a libel case to the authority.

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Carmarthenshire council funded its chief executive

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Mark James in his case over remarks made in a blog written

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Mr James said in 2012 he wouldn't keep any of the damages he won.

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What could be the future of our culture and leisure services

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Councils are turning to volunteers, private companies or charitable

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trusts to run them, and they are becoming increasingly

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attractive options to Councils facing financial pressures,

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Our reporter Aled Scofield has been to Narberth in Pembrokeshire,

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where local people are responsible for running the pool

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Intel both local people love this wrinkle. That's probably the reason

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it's still open. -- in Narbeth. It used to be run by Pembridge Council,

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but the people of Narbeth are now responsible for running it. Locals

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raised ?200,000 and paid for solar panels to make the pool and more

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efficient. But sustaining it is a constant

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challenge. It involves a lot of hard work and fundraising by the

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committee. Also, the non-committee and the work they do

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behind-the-scenes. Grants and keeping the business

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flowing. Community ventures can hit choppy waters. In Wrexham Council

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executive board had to give the splash magic trust a ?50,000

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lifeline last year. Leisure services are discretionary for councils. They

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don't have to provide them. Across Wales 11 councils have already

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outsourced leisure provision. The question is, could more follow after

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me the fourth? There is no doubt local authorities

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are more open to looking at different ways of delivering

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facilities. The possibility of social enterprises and not for

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profit trusts as well as the private sector. There is a greater interest.

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It's basically library duties. Taking books out, giving information

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to the public, events. It's really beneficial for the community. In

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Narbeth locals like Catherine run the library. She thinks other

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communities will have to face up to the realities of running their own

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services in future. I can see it happening. There's less

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money anyway. And I think Narbeth was a good example to people on how

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it can be done and how much of a success it can be made. In

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Pembrokeshire the council had hoped to outsourced leisure and culture

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services to a charitable trust. Plans were rejected earlier this

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year after questions were raised about the savings any trust could

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deliver. But the support of local people was

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also a key factor according to the trade union that Fort plans.

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Very, very important services. It's not just trimming and books, they

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are community hubs and you can tell by the strong feeling from the

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public, we had the public behind is on this campaign.

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It was close to their hearts. When you are restrictions are in place in

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May some councils face difficult choices when it comes to the future

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of leisure and culture services as further austerity could make it an

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uphill struggle to sing them. -- sustained them.

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Tomorrow we're looking one of the most difficult

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issues for our councils, funding social care.

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There's more information on the Council Elections

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where you live, head to the BBC Wales News website.

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Wales have been drawn against England in the Women's

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They're joined in Group 1 by Russia, Kazakhstan and Bosnia Herzegovina.

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The finals will be held in France in June 2019,

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only the group winners are guaranteed a place

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England, ranked fourth in the world rankings,

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It's an interesting one. They will be some players on the pitch for

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England to I have played with and interesting memories of and are

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friends with. It will be an interesting challenge for the group

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Gareth Bale could be out for up to a month after injuring his calf.

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He limped off in the defeat against Barcelona on Sunday.

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He's expected to miss Real Madrid's Champions League

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semi-final games against Atletico Madrid, but could still be

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fit in time for the Champions League final in Cardiff in June.

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It's country's biggest road cycling event and, for the first time,

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the climax of this year's Tour of Britain will be

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Cardiff will host the final stage of the event,

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which will start in Worcester, and pass through Monmouthshire

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and Newport before finishing in Cardiff in September.

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It's the first time, for a number of years, that the Tour of Britain has

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finished outside London. This year to finish on the streets of Cardiff.

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The final stages special, because it boils down to that final day.

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Everything will be leading to Cardiff on September ten. It's going

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to be be big for the city. Snow in April in Derek's forecast,

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here's the weather. It felt more like winter today

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with hail and snow in places. A dusting of snow on the

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Snowdonia mountains. This evening a mixed bag of sunshine

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and scattered showers. Overnight a few showers

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in the west and North West. Gardeners watch out

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for a widespread frost. Temperatures in central Wales

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falling as low as - 2. Temperatures only a few

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degrees above freezing. But on the plus side much

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of the country dry and sunny. The air crystal clear

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with good visibility. One or two showers in Pembrokeshire,

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Gwynedd and Anglesey. During the day clouds will build-up

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again with a few showers breaking Parts of the north and

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west clear and sunny. Temperatures on the cold side

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with a chill in the air but in the sunshine and out

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of the wind it will feel OK. In Rhondda Cynon Taf

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a sunny morning. Clear and cold with

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a widespread frost. After midnight, though,

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clouding over with a little rain On Thursday a warm front will move

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south across the UK and that will introduce milder air

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from the Atlantic. A bright start in the South East,

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but soon clouding up Some dry weather as well

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and turning less cold. On Friday a few showers about

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otherwise a lot of dry weather. Sunshine in places

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and a little milder. Temperatures in double figures

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but still chilly overnight Sunday more uncertain

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but there is a risk of some By the middle of next week signs

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of sunnier and warmer weather. And the headlines. The Prime

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Minister has asked voters to abandon tribal loyalty to the Labour Party

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in a speech in Bridgend. Theresa May said every single vote would

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