09/04/2017 BBC Wales Today


09/04/2017

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Another Conservative politician has criticised the decision to allow

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former Ukip AM Mark Reckless into their group in the Assembly.

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Monmouth AM Nick Ramsay says he's not sure now whether he is a member

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of a Conservative or a "hybrid independent group".

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More from 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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MP to Ukip, two and a half years ago.

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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 by 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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RNLI lifeguards have been on duty at Three Cliffs Bay

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on Gower since last year, after two people died within two

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Three Cliffs is quite a 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 until last year,

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

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on where the safest area was to swim.

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And we've really made a good impact on that.

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Police investigating a serious road traffic collision

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between a motorbike and a white van on the B4358 between Newbridge

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on Wye and Beulah this afternoon, are searching for the driver

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The injured motorcyclist was taken to hospital by Air Ambulance

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and is said to have possible life changing injuries.

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He's in a serious but stable condition.

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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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And the Cardiff Devils have narrowly missed out on achieving

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the ice-hockey grand slam this evening.

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They lost 6-5 to the Sheffield Steelers during overtime

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

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They were hoping for the treble having previously won both

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the Elite League and the Challenge Cup.

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Time now for a quick look at the weather forecast.

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A band of cloud and rain will clear overnight with some frost in places

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Tomorrow it'll feel colder than today with patchy

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More in the way of sunshine in the afternoon.

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There'll be more news in our breakfast bulletins.

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Good evening. Was it spring or summer today? They crushed and some

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of you may have been asking. A beautiful day across much of eastern

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and south-eastern England. We saw highs of 25

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