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Developers promise world class motorsports and hundreds of jobs.
Why a decision on the future of the Ebbw Vale racetrack
but the minister in charge here says he won't cut corners
before committing millions of pounds to the project.
Filmed on a policeman's body camera, designed to deter criminals
Now all frontline South Wales officers will wear them.
Chelsea Manning, jailed for leaking intelligence,
is released from military prison in the United States.
Her mother in Pembrokeshire says she's delighted.
If I was Prime Minister, I would scrap unemployment tribunal fees.
We've been asking what you'd do if you were Prime Minister.
John Gilheaney tells us why he'd address workers rights.
And many gardens have had a watering recently.
But if you fancy some drier weather and sunshine,
Developers say it would bring world-class motor sport
to Wales and with it, hundreds of jobs for Ebbw Vale.
But the decision to give the Circuit of Wales project the go ahead has
been delayed for the second time in two months.
The Welsh Government says it must take its time before agreeing
to underwrite around half the cost of the ?400 million project,
but opponents say the process is being dragged out
Our political correspondent, Daniel Davies, reports.
The middle of May, although it didn't feel like it
This was the time we expected an announcement here
The circuit would create thousands of jobs in one
of the poorest parts of Wales, according to its developers.
They've got private money to pay for it but need a Welsh Government
It seems every time the finish line is in sight, it disappears
Ministers blamed the latest delay on gaps and inaccuracies
in the information they've had from the circuit.
Sorting that out has added a few more weeks
Here in the Senedd, with a general election three weeks away,
opponents say ministers are quite happy to wait a little while longer.
What you've done is conduct a forensic audit with the express
purpose it seems to me are finding some excuse, any excuse at all,
And isn't it also the case, Cabinet Secretary, that having first
delayed the decision until after the May local elections,
you are now delaying it beyond June 8th.
My interest is with the people of Ebbw Vale.
Yours seems to be political self-interest.
A big difference between ambition and recklessness.
I will not short-circuit the due diligence process.
There have been many twists and turns since late 2011 when plans
The Welsh Government got on board the following year with a ?2 million
grant and two years later, it guaranteed a ?7
Last April ministers declined to underwrite the ?350 million
After months of negotiation, Ken Skates in February he'd look
in detail at a new application to guarantee half
A decision was expected in March, that was delayed until the middle
of this month and now, it's been put off again.
The Conservatives say there are serious questions
about more than ?9 million the Welsh Government has already
given the Circuit of Wales, while Ukip is urging ministers
The Circuit of Wales says it has complied with every request
from the government about this complex application and that it
looks forward to a positive announcement soon but in the Bay,
some says the outlook for this project is starting
Dan, what sense did you get from the Economy Secretary today?
Lucy, people are hanging on every word Ken Skates says about this as
they try to guess whether he is going to give the circuit of Wales
the green light or not. But he is locked into a process here. He says
that he remains excited about the scheme but you heard him in my
report talk about due diligence, that is the analysis by officials
and accountants looking at whether this is something that the taxpayer
should get involved in but of course the taxpayer is involved. The Welsh
Government has given the scheme money, has lent it money and a
recent report was very critical of the way that money was handed over.
All that means that this time they are determined to be seen to do
everything they can to thoroughly analyse the Circuit of Wales before
making any further decisions. Even though that process is taking longer
than anticipated, even though some of the opposition are getting
suspicious but in the words of one Labour Assembly Member talking in
the chamber this afternoon, it is worth taking the time to get this
right, to make sure the valleys are not landed with another white
elephant. Five people in Pembrokeshire have
been arrested on suspicion of "gangmaster" offences
following an investigation They were arrested in Milford Haven,
following a multi-agency operation. Dyfed Powys Police says those
affected are being fully supported. The rate of unemployment in Wales
is still higher than the UK rate, after a year of being
below the average. The latest figures show 4.8% of 16
to 64-year-olds in Wales were out of work in the first three months
of this year, compared South Wales Police say they hope
that becoming the latest force to roll out body-worn video cameras,
will help deter criminals It says all front line staff
will soon be wearing the technology, It means all four Welsh
forces now use bodycams. Imagine being confronted
with this one day at work. This footage, an officer's eye view,
helped convict the man South Wales Police now the latest
force to use body cameras There's an opportunity
for the public to confident that police officers
are deploying their skills, using force in the appropriate
and proportionate way. And for police officers to feel
that they are being supported and if they are assaulted
or there are particularly negative interactions, the court will see
the actuality of it. The force says budget pressures
is the reason why they didn't buy A study by Cambridge University last
year suggested that after officers started using cameras like this,
complaints against them fell by 93%. Everything is being recorded
so there is little point in making a malicious claim against a police
officer and if you are an officer yourself, maybe even more reason
to act professionally at all times. Domestic abuse cases is one
area in which cameras Body cam footage from
Hampshire Police resulted in this perpetrator getting ten
years for assault. People don't realise
how bad these things are but with that you know footage,
they can see how bad it was. They could see I was
totally confused. Which you don't get
from a photograph. Security staff at the University
Hospital of Wales have also used Once they are turned on, aggressive
individuals often calm down. One expert says their
increased use could help People like to be able
to see what happened Previously, you would just
rely on a statement Now the jury can actually see,
this is what happened and this is the story
of what we are being Of course, it all does come down
to hitting record at the right time. Staff are being trained
on how to do that. Footage is stored securely online
and could even be used with face It will also be used for officers
to learn from incidents. A long-term commitment to fund flood
defences along the proposed M4 relief road is needed before
the scheme goes ahead. That's according to
the environmental regulator It says the likely impact of climate
change has to be taken into account. Lawyers acting on behalf
of the Welsh Government say it was "inconceivable" that sea
defences would not be maintained as part of
the billion pound project. Welsh laverbread has been
awarded protected food It means only cooked seaweed made
in Wales can use the name. It joins other Welsh delicacies
already on the list, like Welsh Lamb, Halen Mon Sea Salt
and Pembrokeshire early potatoes. The former American soldier,
Chelsea Manning, who was brought up in Pembrokeshire,
says she's looking forward to putting the past behind her,
after being released early The 29-year-old army private
was responsible for one of the biggest intelligence leaks
in American history. Chelsea Manning, was
born Bradley Manning, and underwent gender transition
during her time in prison. Chelsea Manning spent some difficult
teenage years in Haverfordwest Just a few years after leaving
to join the US Army as an intelligence analyst,
Chelsea Manning became She was accused of one
of the biggest intelligence leaks in US history,
having passed hundreds of thousands of classified documents
to the Wikileaks website, along with this video of Iraqi
citizens being gunned down Chelsea Manning's mother
Susan lives here on this Other members of the
family live locally. The family have consistently
supported Chelsea since But nobody was available to comment
today, despite her release from Fort Leavenworth
prison in Kansas. The news of her release
was welcomed in Haverfordwest. For somebody to be put in prison
for telling the truth, I suppose if anyone did anything
wrong, doing what they did, they would have to get punished
but not as severe as it was. Jailed for 35 years by a military
court in 2013, the transgender soldier sentenced was commuted
by President Obama in one Although some laud her as a hero
for exposing war crimes, President Trump recently
labelled her as a traitor and many Chelsea Manning has been the first
person who quoted the documents on additional platforms and released
those documents not via mainstream media but by a website
which was Wikileaks. Something that then became famous
and only after was already pretty common and well known before
Chelsea Manning, but because of Chelsea Manning relations,
Wikileaks is what it is now. Chelsea's family in Pembrokeshire
have been involved in fundraising and protest events in Wales
and in Ireland, where In footage shot a few years ago,
her aunt expressed support I could not believe that this
has actually happened. And been covered up
and Bradley had seen this. And it wasn't until I saw that
but I thought, I could understand Because I could not live
without on my conscience In a statement, Chelsea Manning's
family he said she had suffered shocking and abusive ill-treatment
during her time in custody. Her mother, Susan Manning,
said she was proud of Chelsea and delighted she will finally
be free again. She hopes Chelsea will now be
able to go to college to complete their studies
and the whatever she wants to be. Although free, Chelsea Manning
remains on active Army duty. Her lawyer plans to continue her
fight against her conviction. After her release in a statement
via her legal team, she said that she's figuring things out
but is about what is ahead and posted this
picture on social media. Her first steps of freedom
after seven years in prison. Still to come in the programme:
We've been asking what you would do Tonight, why one viewer has raised
the issue of workers rights. I'll have the forecast
for the next few days. All this week, our political editor
Nick Servini is interviewing leaders from the main parties in the build
up to the general election. Tonight it's the turn
of Mark Williams, leading the campaign for the Welsh Liberal
Democrats. The party will be looking to make
gains - a poor performance in 2015 saw the party practically wiped out
across the UK. In Wales their numbers dwindled
from three MPs to just one. Mark Williams, welcome to Wales
today. As we head into a general election in which your party is
quite clearly going to use it to push the cause for a second
referendum. Now, on one level, this is smart because there were 48% of
people who voted to remain. I wonder though how many of those have now
just done what you haven't done, which is accepted consequences of
the referendum and they just want to move on. It is not a second
referendum. It is a ratification referendum. I am not going to
dispute the vote on June the 23rd last year. The country was clear.
But it was a blank check. We don't know what the negotiations are going
to deliver. We don't know what the outcome is going to be. And some of
us have genuine fears about the outcome of Wales leaving the single
market. On our manufacturing sector, farming, universities. Which is why
we need to have critical, strong, constructive voices in the House of
Commons and then at the end of that process, whenever those negotiations
are concluded, we need to have an opportunity to look at those terms
and vote accordingly, not just the late winner will like it option from
Theresa May. The public are not stupid. They knew what was at stake.
I think you are right but we have not seen the terms of those
negotiations. The truth visit is you just did not like the result that
you want to change the result. At least be honest with people and say
that. I do respect the result. The country... No, you want another
chance. Were people clear that it would mean leaving the single
market, a market of 500 million people? Were people clear that at
the end of a two-year... It is an even shorter period now because of
this election and various court cases, at the end of a two-year
period, we were going to fit neatly into a new set of trade
negotiations. But is not going to happen. The Welsh farming sector and
manufacturing sector is genuinely concerned. Let's talk about domestic
taxation. A big proposal for the Liberal Democrats is to put a penny
on the pound of all income tax bands. You kind of rationalised this
by saying it would be ?3 a week average wages. The cost of a pint.
The posh rattle cost of a posh coffee in a place like this. The
problem is when you were in government, you took low earners out
of taxation but Magnus, low earners are coming back into taxation. You
are right to highlight that effective Liberal Democrat policy. I
think also we have two be aware of a huge crisis in the national health
service in terms of social care run the failure of this country to
address what I would describe as a mission for social care, an ageing
demographic in this country, the lack of care facilities, care
delivered in the hole or the residential care sector. At
crossover between the owl service and social care. Abetted most people
right across the tax bands as you suggest understand that and no that
we need to fund this. It is a difficult message because you are
asking... Labour are asking those who earn over ?80,000 to pay more to
help things like the NHS but you are doing it for people earning ?25,000.
I think it is a clarity of the policy that will appeal to people.
The understanding there is a problem that needs to be addressed and we
all have to make a contribution to that. Even low earners with
inflation going up. I think people understand how important this is.
Tim Farron merit -- describe the Liberal Democrats like cockroaches
in that you can survive a nuclear holocaust. Can you survive this? I'm
not sure I like being described as a cockroach but we are persistent and
tenacious and we are determined and quite frankly, when our backs are
against the wall, you are more determined to move on and progress
and that is the challenge to the party. I firmly believe we are
seeing the Tory party, the prospect of a Tory landslide in those
circumstances, Wales need strong voices and some of those voices have
to be Liberal Democrat ones. Mark Wiliams, thank you very much.
Nick Servini talking to Mark Williams.
And tomorrow, it's the turn of Neil hamilton, leading
Well, tonight, all the main party leaders here will be going head
to head in the first Welsh television debate of the campaign.
It's being held in Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan and our
James, what can we expect this evening?
Well, Lucy, even though this is the fifth campaign for Welsh party
leaders in just over two years, I expect to see five watts party
leaders fired up for this general election campaign tonight with just
over three weeks to go now until polling day. As you can see from
these pictures, preparations have been ongoing throughout the day to
get the set ready at the venue in Penarth where we are expecting
around 200 audience members right across Wales representing a range of
political views and in fact if you look over my shoulder, you can see
that a number of them have already arrived from the five party leaders.
Of those five leaders, not one of them is hoping to move into ten
Downing St after the election on June the 8th. Not one of them is
standing to be the next Prime Minister of the writer kingdom. In
fact, of the five, only two of them has any skin in the game. Only two
of them, Mark Wiliams and Neil Hamilton are actually standing in
this general election campaign. None of the three others are. The Welsh
Labour leader and First Minister Carwyn Jones, Leanne Wood, the Plaid
Cymru leader, and Andrew RT Davies of the Conservatives. It'll be to
see what impact that has on the dynamics of the debate. I will
expected to have an impact on the topics under discussion. Brexit is
sure to dominate. Immigration, taxing and spending and so on but
also there will be some discussion on topics that are the
responsibility of watches and be politicians. The NHS and education.
It is all about to kick off in just over an hour. Be live on ITV Wales
and we will bring you all the highlights on the highlights on
Gardai 's late that on termites late bulletin. -- to send.
They'll be telling us what their parties would do
But what would you do if you were Prime Minister?
We've been around the country asking for your views,
and workers' rights is one topic you've raised in My Manifesto 2017.
I've been speaking to people up and down Wales, asking
One of those is access to justice for people with complaints
John Gilheaney from Llantrisant contacted us.
He used to work for a charity but after a clash with
He wanted to go to an employment tribunal but was surprised
Finding out about the cost was a big wake-up call.
Initially, you have to pay ?250 to make a claim and then in my case,
to actually book a hearing, a tribunal hearing, that was ?950.
You're talking about ?1200 before you actually get a hearing.
You might have solicitor's fees on top of that.
Fees were introduced for employment tribunals four years ago.
Since then, there has been an 80% fall in the number
If I was Prime Minister, I would scrap employment tribunal fees.
John dropped his plans to go to tribunal and although he is happy
in his new job, he has concerns about the impact fees are having.
I think workers up the rights are being eroded and it is one
of the reasons why it seems to me to be a drop of stress
Now, this is the kind of setting where you might expect to
It's a chance to have your grievances heard in front
But the simple fact is the number of people reaching this point has
I've come to a charity in Caernarfon that supports
It is clear employment issues are high on the agenda here too.
If I was Prime Minister, I would end zero hours contracts.
You can't even sort out your rent because you don't know
If I was Prime Minister, I would increase the minimum wage.
For me, myself, I'm lucky, it is worth it for me
but my friends, they've said people that are on the dole,
on benefits earned more than me and I work at half six
What would you do if you were Prime Minister?
Whether it is crime, policing, benefits perhaps, get in touch.
It's been another soggy day for most of the country.
Yes, there is. The weather is improving this evening and the
sunglasses will come in handy tomorrow. Many gardens have had a
watering today, including this one. And the radar shows the extent of
the range today. Most of it in the south and east. Gradually clearing
this afternoon. The north and west of dry and on Anglesey, it
brightened up with some sunshine. A better end to the day, staying dry
overnight with clearer skies. Maybe a couple of showers reaching the
Lleyn Peninsula. And a cooler, fresh and light with temperatures dropping
into single figures. Here is the picture for eight o'clock tomorrow
morning. Certainly much nicer than it was today. Dry and bright. Some
lovely blue sky, sunshine and good visibility. Feeling a little bit
fresh with a light to moderate breeze. 11 Celsius in Dolgellau.
Better weather to come tomorrow but not completely dry. A few showers
will build up. Some could be heavy. Feeling warmer than today with sunny
spells. Top temperatures around 16 Celsius. Maybe the odd shower in the
afternoon in Monmouthshire. In Ceredigion tomorrow, sunny spells
with a few hit and miss showers. Tomorrow evening, scattered showers
will slowly die down. Many places then dry overnight. Turning quite
chilly in the countryside. Friday's charge shows low-pressure knee in
Northern Ireland and that means a mixture of sunshine and showers. On
Friday, most places starting dry but showers could break out. They could
turn heavy and places. As for the weekend, a mixture of sunshine and
showers sums it up and some of those showers on Saturday could be heavy
and thundery. Fewer showers on Sunday. Temperatures not that high.
Cool overnight. Pleasant in the sunshine. We have seen the worst of
the rain for a while. The decision to give the Circuit
of Wales project the go ahead has been delayed for the second time
in two months. The Welsh Government says it must
take its time before agreeing to underwrite around half the cost
of the ?400 million project, but opponents say the process
is being dragged out I'll have an update
for you at 8 o'clock and again That's Wales Today
thank you for watching. From all of us on the
programme, good evening.