09/04/2017 BBC Wales Today


09/04/2017

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The Assembly Member, Nick Ramsay, is the latest Conservative

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politician to criticise the decision to allow former Ukip AM,

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Mark Reckless, into their group in the assembly.

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He says he's not sure now whether he is a member

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of a Conservative - or a hybrid - group of AMs.

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Here's our Political Editor, Nick Servini.

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The Welsh Conservative MPs, Craig Williams, Byron Davies

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and Simon Hart have already been openly critical of the decision

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to bring Mark Reckless into the Tory fold at the Assembly.

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Now, for the first time, one of the Conservative Assembly

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Members, Nick Ramsay, has entered the fray.

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At the heart of this is the fact that Mark Reckless, pictured

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here with the Welsh Conservative leader, Andrew RT Davies,

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on Thursday, has become a Welsh Conservative AM when he's

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There is still too much bad feeling within Tory ranks for that to happen

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because of his high-profile defection from being a Conservative

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This has led Nick Ramsay to question the status of the group if it's not

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entirely made up of card-carrying Tory members.

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I was elected as a Welsh Conservative and I sit

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Now, today, I am faced with a situation that I'm not

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I believe I'm still a Welsh Conservative but I want to be told

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you are able to go into that next Assembly election as a Conservative

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and campaign on a policy agenda set that

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It's quite clear that we now have a group that will not

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The Conservative rule book says you cannot become an AM

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Some say those rules would have had to be suspended

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Not so says Andrew RT Davies who insists the decision

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There's been nothing from Mr Davies today.

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His supporters, though, have questioned why Nick Ramsay

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failed to voice his concerns when he had the chance to do so.

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This story has involved a mix of delving into the party rule book

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and old-fashioned Tory tribal antagonism towards Mark Reckless.

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Now senior Conservatives in London do not want

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a high-profile split in the party between Westminster and Cardiff.

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But there is a feeling behind-the-scenes that

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Andrew RT Davies has entirely misjudged the mood of the party

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Nick Servini, BBC Wales Today, at the Senedd.

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After an increase in the number of lifeboat rescue

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call outs last year - The RNLI is urging people to keep

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safe if they're visiting the coast over the Easter holidays.

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Rhiannon Wilkins has spent the day with lifeguards

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A picture perfect setting on the Welsh coast.

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But despite its beauty, the current here can be dangerous.

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Three Cliffs Bay on Gower is one of seven beaches across Wales

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where RNLI have returned to duty as the busy Easter period begins.

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Last year, the RNLI lifeboats headed out on almost 1200

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rescue call-outs in Wales, up 11% on 2015.

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1162 people were rescued, also up 13% on the year before.

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Lifeguards have been on duty at Three Cliffs Bay since last year

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after two people drowned here in the space of

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Yesterday was a busy day, really nice weather.

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We had three lifeboats called down here yesterday.

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Three Cliffs is quite dangerous beach.

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The main reasons is the geographics of it, we have got a tidal river

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Because there's been no lifeguard service up until last year,

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a lot of members of the public aren't very educated

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We feel we have really made an impact on that.

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Come rain or shine, thousands of us will make the most of the Welsh

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But the message from the RNLI is to keep safety a priority.

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Rugby - and Ospreys fly-half, Dan Biggar, is having concussion

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tests after initially passing a pitch-side examination

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during their Pro 12 defeat to Leinster yesterday.

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In a post match interview Biggar said he couldn't really remember

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much of the last 10 minutes of the game.

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The Ospreys say the Wales international must pass

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return-to-play protocols before playing again.

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Boxing, and Liam Williams, lost his fight against Liverpudlian,

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Liam Smith, in controversial fashion last night.

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The Welshman was withdrawn before the start of the 10th

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round with a serious cut to his eyelid.

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However, Smith was declared the winner - but he wasn't crowned

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the WBO's interim world light-middleweight champion as he

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And within the past half an hour, the Cardiff Devils have won

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the Elite Ice hockey league play-off final in Nottingham.

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They beat the Sheffield Steelers 6-5 - which means they've won

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the ice-hockey grand-slam this season - having previously won

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A band of cloud and showers will clear overnight allowing

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Tomorrow - a cloudy morning for many, the odd shower drifting

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south-eastwards during the day, brighter in the afternoon.

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And that's the latest from the BBC Wales Today news team for now.

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Good evening. If you can use a smelter describes the weather it

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would be owed a barbecue, and why not? Beautiful blue skies with highs

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of 25

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