14/01/2017 BBC Wales Today


14/01/2017

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The UK's immigration policy has been unresponsive to Wales' needs

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according to a former Shadow Immigration minister.

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The Labour MP for the Rhondda, Chris Bryant, says the UK Government

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should be awake to pressures in the devolved nations.

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It says it's building an immigration system that works for everyone

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Should Wales be in charge of its own borders?

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Last week a group of MPs suggested immigration should

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be partially devolved, sparking a lively debate.

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Carmarthenshire has attracted thousands of migrant

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Dozens have been employed by manufacturing firm

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But the managing director isn't for devolving immigration.

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The reality of it I think is an extremely complicated issue

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and I don't think that Welsh government have the resource

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or the knowledge to even cope with such responsibility.

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The counter argument is that ministers in Cardiff are best placed

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to understand what kind of immigration Wales needs

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to boost its economy and improve services.

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Recruiting GPs is an issue for communities across Wales,

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so would devolving some control over immigration make it easier

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If we had power over that then we could be more

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responsive and responsiveness is what is required

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The UK government and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn have said devolving

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some control over immigration would be too complicated.

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Former shadow minister for immigration Chris Bryant is also

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opposed to the idea but believes the current system must

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The UK government should be awake to the fact that in different parts

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of the United Kingdom there are different pressures

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In particular in relation to the NHS.

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If South Wales feels that it has a shortage of orthopaedic surgeons,

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then they should be able to say, "Excuse me, Mr government

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minister or Mrs government minister in Westminster,

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we need you to allow us to move quickly on this."

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And I'm absolutely certain that hasn't been the case.

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The UK government says its priority is to build an immigration system

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You can see more on this story on Sunday Politics Wales

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here on BBC One Wales from 11.40 tomorrow.

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A Plaid Cymru MP has criticised Labour colleagues on a Commons

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committee for not insisting the devolved nations be given a say

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Carmarthen East and Dinefwr MP Jonathan Edwards says the Labour MPs

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on the Exiting the EU committee, which has just published its first

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report, have effectively gagged their colleagues in Cardiff

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The Welsh Government says it's involved in ongoing discussions

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The Severn crossings could be made free to use at night under

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proposals being considered by the UK government.

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It's looking at whether to remove the tolls between 10pm and 6am

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as a way of dealing with a potential rise in traffic when the cost is cut

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A fourth person has been arrested on suspicion

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of murder following the death of a man in Newport.

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Jan Jedrzejewski, who was 41, died after being found on a pavement

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Concerns have been raised about the state of a pipeline

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which burst above a village in Powys yesterday.

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Up to 40 properties were affected after a pipe carrying water

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from Lake Vyrnwy to Oswestry burst, flooding Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant.

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United Utilities, which owns the pipe, says it has a robust

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maintenance programme and is investigating

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It's not so bad when it blows in the middle of a farmer's field

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in the middle of nowhere, but when it blows on the outskirts

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of the village, the potential for damage is far more serious here.

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On to football and not a great start for Paul Clement in his first

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Premier League game in charge at Swansea City.

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They lost 4-0 against Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium.

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Better news for Cardiff City in the Championship.

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They earned a huge 3-2 win in the Severnside

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In League Two, Newport County ended a run of eight defeats to hold

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Colchester United to a 1-1 draw at Rodney Parade.

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And in the National League, Wrexham gained a much needed

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A quick look at the weather forecast and after some showers overnight,

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tomorrow will be a cloudy and wet day with rain, mist and hill fog.

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The rain will be heavy at times too, but will become patchier

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I'll be back with our next update at 6.20 tomorrow evening.

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Getting the detail of this cold snap is proving to be challenging and

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will continue to be so over

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