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The Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams, says she plans
to double spending on a scheme, to help the poorest three
She unveiled the plans in her speech to the Liberal Democrat
conference in Brighton, from where our
Parliamentary Correspondent, David Cornock, reports.
She may be the last Lib Dem left in the Assembly, but as Education
Secretary, Kirsty Williams is determined to show her party can
still be a force in government. She told delegates her priority in the
job. Helping three and four-year-olds from poor backgrounds
through a grant. I'm announcing that it is my intention to double the
early Years Pupil Premium. Concentrating extra resources on our
very youngest pupils, because it is our mission that every child
deserves a fair start in life. She also ruled out the return of the
grammar school, another key difference between governments in
Wales and England. International evidence shows the best education
systems across the world do not select their children. But with only
1am and a single MP, the Lib Dems now a political recovery in Wales is
just -- is some way off. The answer lies in talking to other parties.
With boundary changes, which massively supported and encouraged
the party in the future, there is time to talk. It is time to talk
about issues of common interest. Without close cooperations between
parties in the centre and on the left, he fears the Conservatives
will be in power for a long time. Ukip's new leader has tried to heal
divisions within the party in Wales, Diane James said the leader
of the party in Wales, Nathan Gill, had her "complete
and utter support". She called on the leader
in the Assembly, Neil Hamilton, The two men have been embroiled
in a feud which has seen Mr Gill quit the Ukip group
of AMs in Cardiff Bay. As the Paralympic Games draw
to a close, Welsh athletes have contributed seven medals
to Great Britain's record haul. The latest came courtesy
of Cardiff's Phil Pratt, who helped the GB men's wheelchair
basketball team clinch bronze. And a homecoming celebration
for all the Welsh Olympians and Paralympians has been announced -
as Steffan Messenger reports. After a tense match against Turkey
taken into overtime, it was a great end to the games for Britain's
Wheelchair Basketball Men layers. Among them, Phil Pratt from Cardiff,
the first Welshman to make the Paralympic team in more than 20
years. It was a Sportsday for young people organised by disability sport
Wales that first got him hooked, now he is a Paralympic bronze medallist.
I want to motivate and inspire young people. There were no Wheelchair
Basketball Men players from Wales who had made it when I was growing.
Hopefully I can be won. Welsh athletes have added seven medals to
Great Britain's tally. There were more golds and promising
performances from young competitors across a broader range of sports.
With the Olympics it has been a golden few months of sporting
action. Last night crowds gathered in Flint to welcome their local hero
home. Double Olympic tae kwon do champion Jade Jones was overwhelmed
by the support. There is sure to be plenty of cheering at the official
homecoming celebration for Welsh Olympians and Paralympians set to be
held in Cardiff Bay on the 29th of September.
On the second day of the biggest arts event ever held in Cardiff,
thousands of people have been enjoying a giant picnic in the park,
It's all part of the centenary celebrations for Roald Dahl,
who was born in the capital 100 years ago.
Quick look at the weather, and patchy rain will spread
in from the west tonight, but by morning that should clear,
leaving a largely fine, bright day, with highs of 18 celsius.
We're back with updates in breakfast from 6:25.
That's Wales Today. Goodnight.