18/09/2016 BBC Wales Today


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You can see more on all of today's stories on the BBC News Channel.

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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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She unveiled the plans in her speech to the Liberal Democrat

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conference in Brighton, from where our

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Parliamentary Correspondent, David Cornock, reports.

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She may be the last Lib Dem left in the Assembly, but as Education

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Secretary, Kirsty Williams is determined to show her party can

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still be a force in government. She told delegates her priority in the

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job. Helping three and four-year-olds from poor backgrounds

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through a grant. I'm announcing that it is my intention to double the

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early Years Pupil Premium. Concentrating extra resources on our

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very youngest pupils, because it is our mission that every child

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deserves a fair start in life. She also ruled out the return of the

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grammar school, another key difference between governments in

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Wales and England. International evidence shows the best education

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systems across the world do not select their children. But with only

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1am and a single MP, the Lib Dems now a political recovery in Wales is

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just -- is some way off. The answer lies in talking to other parties.

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With boundary changes, which massively supported and encouraged

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the party in the future, there is time to talk. It is time to talk

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about issues of common interest. Without close cooperations between

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parties in the centre and on the left, he fears the Conservatives

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will be in power for a long time. Ukip's new leader has tried to heal

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divisions within the party in Wales, Diane James said the leader

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of the party in Wales, Nathan Gill, had her "complete

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and utter support". She called on the leader

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in the Assembly, Neil Hamilton, The two men have been embroiled

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in a feud which has seen Mr Gill quit the Ukip group

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of AMs in Cardiff Bay. As the Paralympic Games draw

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to a close, Welsh athletes have contributed seven medals

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to Great Britain's record haul. The latest came courtesy

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of Cardiff's Phil Pratt, who helped the GB men's wheelchair

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basketball team clinch bronze. And a homecoming celebration

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for all the Welsh Olympians and Paralympians has been announced -

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as Steffan Messenger reports. After a tense match against Turkey

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taken into overtime, it was a great end to the games for Britain's

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Wheelchair Basketball Men layers. Among them, Phil Pratt from Cardiff,

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the first Welshman to make the Paralympic team in more than 20

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years. It was a Sportsday for young people organised by disability sport

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Wales that first got him hooked, now he is a Paralympic bronze medallist.

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I want to motivate and inspire young people. There were no Wheelchair

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Basketball Men players from Wales who had made it when I was growing.

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Hopefully I can be won. Welsh athletes have added seven medals to

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Great Britain's tally. There were more golds and promising

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performances from young competitors across a broader range of sports.

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With the Olympics it has been a golden few months of sporting

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action. Last night crowds gathered in Flint to welcome their local hero

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home. Double Olympic tae kwon do champion Jade Jones was overwhelmed

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by the support. There is sure to be plenty of cheering at the official

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homecoming celebration for Welsh Olympians and Paralympians set to be

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held in Cardiff Bay on the 29th of September.

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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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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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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 highs of 18 celsius.

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We're back with updates in breakfast from 6:25.

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That's Wales Today. Goodnight.

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