23/04/2017 BBC Wales Today


23/04/2017

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Good evening.

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The Welsh Labour Leader says he would support the UK borrowing

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an extra ?500 billion if the party wins the general election.

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On a special leaders' debate programme on Sunday Politics Wales,

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Carwyn Jones said "there's never been a better time to borrow".

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Here's our political correspondent, Arwyn Jones

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Today, for the first time since the election was called,

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the leaders of the five main parties in Wales went head-to-head.

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Top of the agenda - Brexit and the economy.

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And for Labour's leader here, support for plans of ?500 billion

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of borrowing to help give the UK economy a boost.

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In 1945, a Labour government came in after the war,

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when things were much, much worse than they are now,

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when the UK was in a far more difficult state.

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Yet it created the NHS, it made sure the economy was rebuilt.

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It built houses.

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All these things were done at a far more difficult time.

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If they could do it, there is no reason why a Labour

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government can't do it after June.

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Two years ago, the Conservatives made a cast-iron promise

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not to raise any taxes.

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This time around, they are refusing to rule it out while explaining why

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they are a low tax party.

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People will not put in the time, they will not create

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the opportunities in the economy, entrepreneurs will not invest

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and ultimately you will see a contraction of the economy.

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So we are the low tax party and we stand on that record.

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What we are also about is making sure that the public

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finances are in good health.

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After much thought, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has tonight

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announced she won't be standing in the Rhondda.

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In a debate, she said Wales faces grave threats that

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need to be defended.

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We are under threat from an extreme Tory Brexit which risks pulling us

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out of the single market.

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That risks many jobs in Wales.

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So as well as the future of public services and continued cuts,

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people also face a downturn in their economic outlook.

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Ukip have struggled to find their feet after the heady heights

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of the Brexit referendum victory but insist there is still

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a role for the party.

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I intend to be a candidate myself to give a lead,

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because elections for Ukip, are a work in progress always,

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and one election leads to another.

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And we are still building our support base and this is going to be

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an important opportunity.

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The Liberal Democrats are trying to appeal to those who voted remain

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in the EU referendum and to rule out returning to a coalition.

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We're not going to have a Labour government

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at the end of this process.

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We are not going to have a coalition government.

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But it is very important that all the parties are very

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clear on what is at stake and the Liberal Democrats will be

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doing just that in the weeks ahead.

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The opening round of leaders debates is over but with six

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weeks until polling day, there's plenty more debating be had.

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More than a hundred young farmers from Mid Wales have been caught up

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in a fire at a hotel in Torquay, which police believe

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was started deliberately.

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It broke out in the basement bar of the Bancourt Hotel

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just after midnight.

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Three people were injured.

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The young farmers from Brecnock and Radnor were staying

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there for an annual convention.

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A service to mark the 70th anniversary of one of Wales'

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worst maritime disasters, has been held near Porthcawl.

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On this day in 1947, 47 people died when the SS Samtampa

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ran aground on rocks at Sker Point, after trying to sail

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through a force 11 gale.

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All 39 crew members died along with eight rescuers

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from Mumbles lifeboat.

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They talk about people having tar on their windows several miles

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inland and the acrid smell of oil.

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Children from schools being stopped from going

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on the beach around, you know, Spring holidays, etc.

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It was a devastating event.

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Thousands of Welsh runners have been taking part

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in the London Marathon today.

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It was a very successful race for Swansea Harrier, Josh Griffiths,

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who was the first UK athlete to cross the line.

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But it was his team-mate, Matthew Rees who stole

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the headlines, for helping a struggling competitor

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cross the line.

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Rees took hold of David Wyeth just over 100 metres from the finish

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and guided him up The Mall.

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He's been praised for epitomising the spirit of the race.

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Someone had to help him.

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I'm sure someone else would have if it wasn't me.

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So, yeah, we both had run 26 miles.

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We had to make that final 300 metres.

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And the crowd were incredible and really helped me and him

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get to the line too.

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The weather forecast and tomorrow will be a cloudy day

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with outbreaks of rain, which could be heavy

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at times in places.

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It should clear by the evening, with much colder air

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moving in from the north, followed by a sharp frost.

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Top temperature 13 Celsius.

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That's Wales Today.

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We're back in Breakfast with updates from 6.25am.

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From me and the weekend team, goodnight.

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