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Ceredigion: Liberal Democrats hold seat

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Re-elected: Liberal Democrat Mark Williams

Re-elected: Liberal Democrat Mark Williams

MARK WILLIAMS has once again been elected as the MP for Ceredigion. The Liberal Democrats proved popular amongst the voters across the county gaining 35.85% share with 13,414 votes.

Second place went to Mike Parker for Plaid Cymru who gained 27.65% of the vote with 10,347.

Henrietta Hensher for Conservative managed to bag 4,123 votes with 11.02% share and spoke of how ‘hectic’ it has been juggling politics and business commenting: “Any MP who says they sleep the night before is a big fat liar, I was awake at 4am, 3am and 2am.”

UKIP’s Gethin James came in ahead of Labour’s Huw Thomas by just over a couple of hundred votes gaining 10.23% share with 3,829 crosses to his name.  The Herald caught up with Mr James prior to the results when he said that he was expecting a 10% share in Ceredigion which he thought was realistic compared to the 2.6% in the last election. “It will probably increase four fold.”

When asked if he would do it again he did not hesitate in saying yes but would like to see more people on the ground but that’s difficult with a budget as little as £1,200.

Mr James agreed that he’s had some negative experiences whilst canvassing but said: We are a bit like Marmite, if people don’t like us, they’re quite happy to tell us.”

Huw Thomas for Labour gained 9.66% of the vote with 3,615 overall. He said he was pleased with the increase in votes for the party since the last Parliamentary Election when Richard Boudier received 2,210.

Daniel Thompson for The Green Party told the Herald that he thinks the outcome was a positive move forward for the Green Party. The ‘Greens’ received exactly three times more votes than last time with 2,088 votes gaining a 5.58% share.

Mr Williams did not want to comment before the results and it was said that he does not like to turn up too early to these things because the nerves get the better of him.  During his speech he thanked polling staff for their hard work, he thanked Dyfed-Powys Police for their support on the evening and also thanked his fellow candidates and wished them well for the future.  He then went on to thank Elizabeth Evans, his campaign manager who he had joked earlier in the evening often gets mistaken for his wife and finished by saying: “It’s one thing to win by a big majority which is a huge honour and privilege in itself. I will do my best for everybody in this county, as I have done for the past few years, and I look forward to the months and years ahead.”

Ceredigion is the only Lib Dem constituency in Wales.

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Baroness visits New Quay RNLI

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ON Friday afternoon (4 October) Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist paid a special visit to New Quay Lifeboat Station to meet key crew members and to see the workings of the all-weather lifeboat station.

Having recently been appointed as the House of Lords’ spokesperson for the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales, Baroness Bloomfield was keen to visit the lifeboat station while passing through Ceredigion.

Baroness Bloomfield said, “The RNLI is a shining example of a voluntary organisation that goes above and beyond to save lives, serving as an inspiration to us all.

“It was an honour to meet the brave crew and lifeguards and those working behind the scenes at the New Quay RNLI Lifeboat Station. Their work to educate, supervise and rescue anyone at risk at sea across the UK and internationally is truly priceless.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager added, “It was great to show the Baroness around the station and chat about our operations here in Cardigan Bay. We hope she can visit again soon.”

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Aberystwyth University hosts debate on the Constitution Reform Group’s Act of Union Bill

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WITH Halloween and Britain’s impending departure from the EU looming, and with it a potential constitutional crisis between the four nations of the UK, a proposed new constitutional settlement for the UK will be the focus for debate at Aberystwyth University on Thursday 24 October 2019.

Joining leading constitutional expert Sir Paul Silk to discuss The Constitution Reform Group’s Act of Union Bill will be former Labour Ministers Lord Hain and Gisela Stuart and former First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones AM.

The Bill has been described by The Times journalist Iain Martin as “the first attempt to devise a coherent plan for what happens after many powers return from the European Union”.

It proposes a new federal structure for the UK and establishes the principle of self-determination for the nations and parts of the United Kingdom.

It also makes the case for radical reform and possible abolition of the House of Lords as well as a fairer distribution of tax collected by the centre.

Hosted by the University’s Centre for Welsh Politics and Society and chaired by Professor Emyr Lewis, Head of the Department of Law and Criminology, the debate takes place at Old College and runs from 6 until 8pm.

For more information, see attached news release or go online: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/news/archive/2019/10/title-226343-en.html

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New Young Ambassador leaders trained

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104 new young Ambassadors attended training at three different venues across Ceredigion to begin their Young Ambassador leadership pathway.

The Young Ambassador leadership pathway is implemented across all schools in Ceredigion and begins at Bronze level, which starts in years five and six at primary school and progresses in secondary school with the levels of Sports Crew, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

The Young Ambassador programme, delivered by Ceredigion Actif, aims to empower and inspire young people to become leaders through sport and help encourage their peers to become hooked on keeping fit.

Aberystwyth Bronze Young Ambassadors, Lampeter Bronze Young Ambassadors, Bro Sion Cwilt Bronze Young Ambassadors

During the training days, they prepare their ‘pledges’ for the year ahead and these action plans are announced to the rest of the school’s pupils and their parents. They then return to school and start organising activities and events to encourage more children to get active.

The training includes information on picking teams, how to encourage everyone to get involved, Disability Inclusion and Ceredigion Actif programmes such as Fit in 5 and the QR Codes which encourage skill development in early years.

All Bronze Young Ambassadors are tasked with arranging sports and skills for other year 5 & 6 pupils at sports festivals held around the county. Autumn term festivals are for years 5 & 6, Spring term festivals are for years 3 & 4 and Summer term festivals are for foundation phase children. They are also required to run lunchtime and after school clubs back at their schools.

Alwyn Davies is Active Young People Manager for Ceredigion County Council. He said “We’re really excited with this new group of young leaders. Now that they’ve attended the training days, they are ready to start delivering opportunities back at their schools. They will mostly lead lunchtime and after school clubs with the aim of getting more children active, creating an interest in health and wellbeing and improving children’s confidence to try a wide range of activities.

“In their first month, we will be asking them to work with us to provide a range of activities at our multi sports festival. This will be a useful way of mentoring them slowly as they start to achieve results. They have received their polo shirts and are eager to start on the leadership ladder.”

Councillor Catrin Miles is the Cabinet member responsible for Leisure Services. She said, “I’m very impressed to see the vast amount of young people interested in being Young Ambassadors. Fitness and well-being are key to the development of young people, and these new young Bronze Ambassadors will be role models in Ceredigion schools. I wish them the very best.”

For more information, or to learn more about opportunities that are available to you, go over to Ceredigion Actif’s Facebook and Twitter pages or visit their website on www.ceredigionactif.org.uk. You can also contact Alwyn Davies, Active Young People Manager on 01970 633 695 or by e-mail on Alwyn.Davies@ceredigion.gov.uk.

 

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