18/09/2016 BBC Wales Today


18/09/2016

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There's more throughout the evening on the BBC News Channel,

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Good evening.

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The Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams, says she plans

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to double spending on a scheme, to help the poorest three-

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and four-year-olds in Wales.

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She unveiled the plans in her speech to the Liberal Democrat conference

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in Brighton, from where our Parliamentary Correspondent,

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David Cornock reports.

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She may be the last Lib Dem left in the Assembly,

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but as Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams is determined

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to show her party can still be a force in government.

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She told delegates here her priority in the job, helping three

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and four-year-olds from poor backgrounds, crowns,

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through a grant currently worth ?300 per child.

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I'm announcing that it is my intention to double the early

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years pupil premium.

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Concentrating extra resources on our very youngest pupils,

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because it is our mission that every child deserves a fair start in life.

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She also ruled out the return of the grammar school,

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another key difference between governments

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in Wales and England.

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But with only one AM and a single MP, the Lib Dems know that

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political recovery in Wales is still some way off.

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The man who replaced Kirsty Williams as the party's Welsh leader says

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the answer lies in talking to other parties.

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At this point in time, with boundary changes

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which massively support and encourage the Conservative Party

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electorate in the future, I think there is a case

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for politicians to be talking what I would loosely describe

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as progressive politicians to be talking about issues

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of common interest.

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Without closer co-operation between parties on the centre

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and the left, he fears the Conservatives will be in power

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at Westminster for a long time.

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The Welsh Secretary, Alun Cairns, has told BBC Wales

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that the Prime Minster will make the final decision on Brexit.

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It follows recent comments from the First Minister,

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Carwyn Jones, that all the devolved Parliaments and Assemblies should

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agree any deal the UK Government comes to.

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I'm not going to call for a veto.

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What I have said is that I think it's right that all four

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parliaments should ratify, agree, to any deal the UK

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Government comes to.

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It wouldn't be right for UK Government to negotiate in terms

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of farming and fisheries when they have no role in farming

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and fisheries in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

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Ultimately, it will be the Cabinet that will make a decision and

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ultimately it's the Prime Minister.

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So I'm a voice around the Cabinet.

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The Prime Minister's tasked me to look after Wales's interests.

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We will come to a view that serves the whole of the United Kingdom

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and it's my job to make sure that Wales is absolutely at the centre

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of those discussions.

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On the second day of the biggest arts event ever held in Cardiff,

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thousands of people have been enjoying a giant picnic in the park,

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wearing their pyjamas.

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It's all part of the centenary celebrations for Roald Dahl,

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who was born in the capital 100 years ago.

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Yesterday, there was some criticism about crowd control but organisers

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say no-one was ever in danger.

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There was about half an hour in the middle of the day

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where we actually had to intervene to ensure public safety.

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There was no threat but today's much easier to control.

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It is very contained.

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Today, we're in the park for a pyjama picnic and we'll see

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some of the conclusions of the stories we were telling

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yesterday, with the Fantastic Mr Fox and James And His Giant Peach,

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which is currently over there somewhere.

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As the Paralympic Games draw to a close, Welsh athletes have

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contributed seven medals to Great Britain's record haul.

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The latest came courtesy of Cardiff's Phil Pratt, who helped

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the GB Men's Wheelchair Basketball team clinch bronze.

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And a homecoming celebration for all the Welsh Olympians

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and Paralympians has been announced, as Steffan Messenger reports.

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'Great Britain secured themselves the bronze medal.'

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After a tense match against Turkey, taken into overtime, it was a great

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end to the games for Britain's wheelchair basketball players.

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Amongst them, Cardiff's Phil Pratt, the first Welshman to make

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the Paralympic team in over 20 years.

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It was a sports day for young people, organised

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by Disability Sport Wales, that first got him hooked.

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Now he's a Paralympic bronze medicinemedallist.

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Now he's a Paralympic bronze medallist.

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For me, I want to motivate and inspire other people going up,

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cos for me, there weren't any wheelchair basketball players

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from Wales who had made it, so hopefully, I can be

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the first one.

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There will be other players breaking through and hopefully,

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there will be more people in my shoes in years to come.

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Welsh athletes have added seven medals to Britain's

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tally in the Rio games - half the figure won at London 2012

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but there were more goals and promising performances

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from young competitors across a broader range of sports.

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With the Olympics, too, it's been a golden few

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months of sporting action.

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Last night, crowds gathered in Flint to welcome their local hero home -

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double Olympic tae kwon do champion Jay Jones overwhelmed

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by the support.

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There is sure to be plenty of cheering, too, at the official

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homecoming celebration for Welsh Olympians

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and Paralympians.

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It's set outside the Senedd in Cardiff Bay on Thursday

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the 29th of September.

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Football, and after a bad day yesterday for the Welsh sides,

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that theme continued today, with Swansea losing 1-0

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away to Southampton.

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They haven't won in the Premier League since their opening day

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victory over Burnley.

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Quick look at the weather, and patchy rain will spread

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in from the west tonight, but by morning that should clear,

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leaving a largely fine, bright day, with sunny spells.

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Highs of 18C.

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We're back with another update at 10.20pm.

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That's Wales Today.

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Have a lovely evening.

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Bye bye.

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that, until later, to enjoy the rest of your evening. Goodbye.

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