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Tributes paid to "intellect and integrity" of ex-MP Alan Williams

Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith MP has paid tribute to former Swansea West MP Alan Williams, who has died at the age of 84.

He said: "He was a man of intellect and integrity, a great House of Commons inquisitor, an accomplished broadcaster and a doughty campaigner.

"His talents were recognised with ministerial office early in his career, but his contributions to the labour movement and to his community extended far beyond Parliament. He will be much missed by the Welsh Labour family.”

Paul Flynn MP paid tribute on Twitter:

Ken Owens and Liam Williams to stay with the Scarlets

Scarlets captain Ken Owens and fullback Liam Williams have confirmed they will stay with the region.

Ken Owens playing for Wales in 2012 Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Scarlets Head Coach Wayne Pivac said: "Retaining players of both Ken and Liam's experience and quality at the Scarlets is vitally important for the future of this region.

"Having experienced players, with great leadership qualities and genuine passion for our region, commit their futures to Parc y Scarlets reinforces our intentions and ambitions to compete on the highest level and continue to strive to reach our potential."


Former Swansea West MP Alan Williams dies

The former Swansea MP Alan Williams has died at the age of 84.

He was first elected to the Swansea West seat in 1964, and stood down at the 2010 General Election.

Alan Williams addressing MPs in the House of Commons in 2009 Credit: PA Wire

Peter Hain MP has paid tribute to him.

He said: "Alan was a supreme House of Commons man, diligent, questioning, challenging, always on top of the issues."

"He was highly respected across all political parties and I was indebted to him for his wise counsel even when we did not agree - for instance he was a critic of devolution where I was a big advocate."

Airbus hands over first A350 XWB airliner

Airbus has handed over its first A350 airliner, the first of a new generation of wide-bodied planes.

The Airbus factory at Broughton, Flintshire was involved in making the wings.

Powered by Rolls-Royce engines, the Airbus A350 XWB (extra wide-bodied) was handed over today to Middle East carrier Qatar Airways.

An Airbus A350 XWB in flight

The aircraft's wings and fuselage are made from carbon fibre.

Airbus claims the design sets "new standards in terms of passenger comfort, operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness".

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