09/04/2017 BBC Wales Today


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The Assembly Member, Nick Ramsay, is the latest Conservative


politician to criticise the decision to allow former Ukip AM,


Mark Reckless, into their group in the assembly.


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


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


Here's our Political Editor, Nick Servini.


The Welsh Conservative MPs, Craig Williams, Byron Davies


and Simon Hart have already been openly critical of the decision


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


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


Members, Nick Ramsay, has entered the fray.


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


here with the Welsh Conservative leader, Andrew RT Davies,


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


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


because of his high-profile defection from being a Conservative


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


entirely made up of card-carrying Tory members.


I was elected as a Welsh Conservative and I sit


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


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


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


and campaign on a policy agenda set that


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


The Conservative rule book says you cannot become an AM


Some say those rules would have had to be suspended


Not so says Andrew RT Davies who insists the decision


There's been nothing from Mr Davies today.


His supporters, though, have questioned why Nick Ramsay


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


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


and old-fashioned Tory tribal antagonism towards Mark Reckless.


Now senior Conservatives in London do not want


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


But there is a feeling behind-the-scenes that


Andrew RT Davies has entirely misjudged the mood of the party


Nick Servini, BBC Wales Today, at the Senedd.


After an increase in the number of lifeboat rescue


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


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


Rhiannon Wilkins has spent the day with lifeguards


A picture perfect setting on the Welsh coast.


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


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


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


Last year, the RNLI lifeboats headed out on almost 1200


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


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


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


after two people drowned here in the space of


Yesterday was a busy day, really nice weather.


We had three lifeboats called down here yesterday.


Three Cliffs is quite dangerous beach.


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


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


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


We feel we have really made an impact on that.


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


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


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


tests after initially passing a pitch-side examination


during their Pro 12 defeat to Leinster yesterday.


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


much of the last 10 minutes of the game.


The Ospreys say the Wales international must pass


return-to-play protocols before playing again.


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


Liam Smith, in controversial fashion last night.


The Welshman was withdrawn before the start of the 10th


round with a serious cut to his eyelid.


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


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


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


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


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


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


A band of cloud and showers will clear overnight allowing


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


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


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


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


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


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