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Hain calls politics "a mission" in final Commons speech

In his final speech in the House of Commons, Neath MP Peter Hain said politics is "not a career but a mission".

Hain used to final speech to pay tribute to his father. Credit: PA

The veteran Labour MP and two-time Welsh Secretary is standing down after 24 years. Hain also used his valedictory address to quote his father, who he described as the "best in the world" and Nelson Mandela.

"What counts in life is not merely the fact that we have lived, it is what difference we have made to the lives of others."

– Peter Hain

He said he was proud of the achievements of the last Labour government - particularly bringing peace to Northern Ireland and devolution to Wales.

"It is not about a career, it is a mission. We should never be in it for ourselves but for our values. For me these are equality, social justice, equal opportunities, liberty and democracy in a society based on mutual care and mutual support, not the selfishness and greed now so sadly disfiguring Britain. Progressive change only comes through the combination of extra-parliamentary and parliamentary action."

– Peter Hain

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Police appeal after city knifepoint robbery

Officers are appealing for information after a man was robbed of his wallet in the Cathays area of Cardiff on Wednesday night.

The attacked happened in the Cathays area of the city on Wednesday night. Credit: Google Street View

Police say the attacked happened on Northcote Lane at around 10.45pm and the victim was threatened by a male who was holding a knife. The suspect took the victim’s wallet before running off.

He's described as dark-skinned, 5’8’’tall, aged between 40-50, with a trimmed beard. He was wearing a long thigh length coat. He had what’s described as an Arabic accent and carried a knife with a 3-4 inch blade.

Woman spared jail for killing motorcyclist

A woman has walked free from court after killing a motorcyclist as she went to overtake a taxi.

Gregory Flowers has been described as a 'shining light' by his son Credit: Family Photo

Nicola Rees, 51, hit the biker when she went to overtake a taxi without checking for oncoming traffic in on the A4109 Dulais Valley road, Aberdulais in 2013.

Teaching assistant Rees, of Abercrave, admitted causing the death of Greg Flowers, 40, by careless driving but was spared jail.

In a victim impact statement heartbroken son Kyle said he did not feel his dad, from Crynant, had received justice.

He told Swansea Crown Court: "Without him I feel completely lost, he was my idol - who do I turn to now? He has already missed so much of my life that he would have been proud of."

Rees was sentenced to 14 months in prison suspended for 12 months, and was disqualified from driving for 18 months. She must also pay £1,000 in prosecution costs.

Man from south Wales scoops huge lottery win

A man from Beddau is planning to see the world after winning over £1.5m on the Lotto jackpot prize.

Bags packed: Clive Osborne is planning to travel following his win. Credit: Matthew Horwood

Fifty-two-year-old Clive Osborne matched all six number in the draw, making him an instant millionaire.

A former warehouse worker, Clive currently acts as a full-time carer for his elderly parents who are both in their eighties.

But after scooping £1,564,628, Clive is hoping to travel around India and Thailand.

“I was totally shocked when I realised that I’d won, I haven’t slept for days. My parents thought I was joking and didn’t believe me until the winners advisor from Camelot came to confirm my winnings. The news hasn’t really sunk in yet, so I haven’t had a chance to decide what I’ll spend my money on but one thing this money will give me is the freedom to travel around Asia – I would love to visit India and Thailand. I have travelled a bit in the past but now I’m looking forward to seeing more of the world.”

– Clive Osborne
Clive Osborne also plans to treat his family. Credit: Matthew Horwood

A keen amateur photographer, Clive is also planning to treat himself to a state-of- the-art camera and a new tablet. He also plans to splash out on gifts for his close family.

“It’s great to be able to treat people to something special and everyone is working on their lists at the moment. There is a bottle of champagne in the fridge but we haven’t celebrated the win just yet, I want to wait until the money is in my account and I know it’s real!”

– Clive Osborne

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Man charged with murder over hotel death

A man has been charged over the murder of a woman whose body was found in a hotel room.

Sammy Almahri (left) was arrested in Tanzania following the death of Nadine Aburas (right). Credit: South Wales Police

Nadine Aburas, 28, was found dead at the Future Inn in Cardiff on New Year's Eve.

Sammy Almahri was arrested by police agencies in Tanzania at the end of January. He was extradited to the UK to be interviewed in connection with Ms Aburas's murder.

The 44-year-old US national made a brief appearance at Cardiff Magistrates' Court and made no plea before being remanded in custody.

South Wales Police said they were grateful to the Tanzanian authorities for their assistance in securing the arrest of Almahri and the Crown Prosecution Service for their part in ensuring a "prompt extradition".

Kenwyne Jones joins Bournemouth from Cardiff

Cardiff striker Kenwyne Jones has joined Championship rivals Bournemouth on loan, subject to international clearance.

Jones has also played for Sunderland and Stoke. Credit: PA

The spell will last the remaining seven games of the season, though will be extended until the 25th May should Bournemouth feature in the Championship Play-Off final that day.

The 30-year-old started the season in good form for the Bluebirds and hit double figures just after the turn of the year.

Jones will train with Eddie Howe’s squad for the first time next week following their return from a training camp in Dubai and could make his debut for The Cherries in the Good Friday fixture at Ipswich Town.

Coleman reveals peace talks with Collins ahead of qualifier

Wales boss Chris Coleman has admitted he and defender James Collins met in a busy coffee shop in Cardiff for peace talks - so things didn't turn ugly.

James Collins training yesterday with the Welsh team. Credit: PA

The West Ham centre-back and Coleman fell out prior to a World Cup qualifier against Serbia in 2013, with the 31-year-old contradicting Coleman's claims that he had turned down the chance to join the national team as a late call-up.

That spat led to a period out in the international wilderness, but with James Chester sidelined by a dislocated shoulder, Collins is now set to win his 45th cap in Saturday's crunch tie with Group B leaders Israel.

"We had a coffee in the middle of St David's Shopping Centre so it could not kick off! There were too many people around so we had to be civil. We had our spat, but I have known him since he was a kid and always liked him, and when he has been with us he has been right in the middle of everything. His presence and personality are going to be very important going forward."

– Chris Coleman, Wales Manager
Chris Coleman in talks with coach Kit Symons. Credit: PA

Collins has had to bide his time to regain his place at the heart of the Wales defence with Chester having developed an excellent understanding with skipper Ashley Williams since making his international debut last summer.

The 31-year-old has yet to feature in a campaign which sees Wales unbeaten after four games and within a point of the Israelis.

"This is an opportunity for 'Ginge' now. He was brilliant in the last camp, as were Danny Gabbidon and Sam Ricketts who did not play but were great round the dressing room in Brussels. That is great for the younger guys because it is good to have advice from senior players. 'Ginge' likes the challenge and the atmosphere we will find ourselves in, it will be a dogfight which he enjoys."

– Chris Coleman, Wales Manager

Hain demands explanation of MP surveillence

On his last day in the House of Commons, Neath MP Peter Hain has demanded an explanation of why he and other MPs allegedly had police surveillance files kept open on them. He said it was hardly a revelation that the special branch had a file on people like him, dating back 40 years to his time as an anti-apartheid activist. But he was concerned at the suggestion that the file remained active after he became an MP in 1991.

Surely the fact that these files were still active for at least 10 years while we were MPs raises fundamental questions about parliamentary sovereignty and privilege—principles that are vital to our democracy. It is one thing to have a police file on an MP suspected of crime, child abuse or even co-operating with terrorism, but quite another to maintain one deriving from campaigns promoting values of social justice, human rights and equal opportunities that are shared by millions of British people. Surely that means travelling down a road that endangers the liberty of us all.

– Peter Hain MP

The claim about files on MPs was made by a former undercover police officer, Peter Francis. The minister responsible for the police, Mike Penning, said this was the kind of allegation that had led the Home Secretary to set up an inquiry under a senior judge.

Undercover policing is an essential tactic in fighting crime. However, we have known for some time that there have been serious historical failings in undercover policing and its practices. To improve the public’s confidence in undercover work, we must ensure that there is no repeat of these failings. That is why the Home Secretary established a public inquiry earlier this month -to investigate thoroughly undercover policing and the operation of the special demonstration squad

– Home Office Minister Mike Penning MP
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