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Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans has kept her place at the top of her party's list for next year's European elections. First elected to the European Parliament in 1999, she will stand again after winning a ballot of Plaid members. The party will field a full list of candidates for Wales' four seats.
- Jill Evans
- Marc Jones
- Steven Cornelius
- Ioan Bellin
Marc Jones is a Wrexham councillor; Steven Cornelius works for the European Free Alliance, the group in the European Parliament that includes Plaid Cymru; Ioan Bellin is a former Westminster and Assembly candidate in Pontypridd.
– Jill Evans MEP
The European Parliament is not perfect and it does need reform. However it must always be remembered that it gives more back to Wales in funding than it receives from us. Until our economic performance is raised significantly and some parts of the valleys cease to be among the poorest parts of Europe, this will continue to be the case. We now need to ensure that every pound we receive from the European Parliament is put to good use and harnessed to develop our economy. Our poverty is not inevitable and Plaid Cymru also believes that Wales can do so much better than we are at the moment.
European elections are increasingly close fights. In 1999, when Wales had five seats Plaid Cymru and Labour each had two MEPs and the Conservatives one. At the last election, in 2009, the Conservatives topped the poll, taking one seat, as did Labour, Plaid Cymru and UKIP.
Actor Damien Lewis, best known for Homeland and Band of Brothers, opened Aberglasney Mansion today. He told James Wright about his connection with the mansion.
Barry Yelland, watch manager at Milford Haven Coastguard, said they received a may day call from the Lady Helen off the coast of Martin's Haven at 12.55pm.
It was a fine start to the Bank Holiday Weekend and it's set to last into tomorrow, sadly it won't last into Monday!
Tonight it's another chilly one with a grass frost and where winds fall light we could see some mist developing. Clear skies across the country will allow temperatures drop to 3C.
Sunday sees fine sunshine for many places, but a dying weather front brings some thicker cloud to western parts early on. This should break up later in the day so that everywhere will see some good sunshine. We may see highs up a degree on Saturday, topping out at 17C.
The breeze picks up around the western coasts later too this will make things feel a little cooler further west.
Monday sees rain pushing across Wales, it could be heavy for a while in the west then easing a little as it arrives in the south east later in the day. Then it's a return to sunny spells and showers for much of the week. It will be breezy throughout and temperatures will be on the cool side.
An investigation has started into the cause of a fire and series of explosions on a Flintshire business park. North Wales Police and the fire service are treating the area as a crime scene until proven otherwise. No one was injured but a factory has been destroyed. Lorna Prichard reports.
The last drop in clinics for people to get the MMR vaccine have been held in Powys today. They were set up to try and prevent further cases of measles during the recent epidemic.
Health officials say the jabs will still be available from your GP.
Nicola Hendy reports.
A rescue operation was launched this afternoon, after a boat carrying 48 passengers hit a rock off the coast of Pembrokeshire.
Milford Haven Coastguard received a may day call from the Lady Helen, which was ferrying passengers to Skomer from Martin's Haven, at 12.55pm saying they had hit a rock.
Barry Yelland, Milford Haven watch manager, said they called out two lifeboats from St David's and Angle, and as they didn't know the severity of the situation an RAF Sea King helicopter was brought in from Chivenor in Devon.
– Barry Yelland, Milford Haven Coastguard watch manager
The vessel was being pulled off the rock and was being taken into Martin's Haven, bit she started to sink and taking on water. All 48 passengers were evacuated by other boats which had responded to the may day call.
The Lady Helen has now been refloated and towed to Martin's Haven.
The Celtic Dragons are hoping to make history this evening by becoming the first Welsh side to win the Netball Super League. It's the first time any Welsh side has reached the competition. They take on Team Bath in Worcester.
A director of Mainetti, the plastic hanger company that owned the industrial unit, said the site had been badly damaged by the blaze.
– Graham Wilson, Mainetti production director
Evacuation procedures are well drilled on site and were successful; no-one was hurt and all persons are accounted for.
We do have an Emergency Continuity Business Plan, which we are following at this time. Directors from the company are on site to deal with events and to answer any employee or customer queries. At this time, it is too soon for speculation on the cause of the blaze. We will, of course, co-operate with the formal fire investigation. We would like to place on record our thanks to the emergency services for their continued efforts on site.