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Mortlock sees 'danger signs' for the Wallabies in Wales

Former Australia captain Stirling Mortlock says there are lots of danger signs for the Wallabies against Wales.

Mortlock says that even though Australia might be favourites, Wales's back-row is 'fantastic' and the battle at the breakdown will be 'fierce and intense.' He praised the form of Jamie Roberts and George North and says the battle of the back-row today will be 'an absolute arm wrestle.'


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Labour Chief Whip to leave Assembly

Janice Gregory has been AM for Ogmore since 1999

Labour's Chief Whip in the National Assembly, Janice Gregory, has announced that she'll stand down as an AM next year. She was first elected in 1999, representing Ogmore, where her father, Ray Powell, was the MP.

I was proud to be a member of the First Assembly and I am proud of the progress the institution has made since then in so many areas to improve the lives of the people of Wales.

I will never forget the achievements of the past 16 years but I now feel the time is right for me to stand down

– Janice Gregory AM

It is rare indeed for a politician to be happy to work incredibly hard in order for others to take all the plaudits, but Janice has been totally selfless in her Assembly career, always putting Labour members, local people and the country first.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones AM
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Lord Howe's Port Talbot roots

Geoffrey Howe with his mother and wife when he contested Aberavon in 1955

His title Lord Howe of Aberavon was for many people the only clue that Margaret Thatcher's first Chancellor -and later political assassin- came from Port Talbot. He was born in the town in 1926, the son of a local solicitor.

As his choice of title suggests, he was always proud of his Welsh roots although he was heavily defeated when he stood as Conservative candidate for Aberavon in the 1955 and 1959 elections. He had to look elsewhere to become an MP although he lasted less than two years as MP for Berbington on Merseyside between 1964 and 1966.

During the following four years before he found a safe seat in Surrey, he was at his most involved in Welsh public life. As a barrister he represented NCB managers at the Aberfan inquiry and then chaired the Ely Hospital Inquiry. His report on the mistreatment of children with learning difficulties is still considered a landmark in the history of the NHS and led to major reforms, including a proper system of inspection.

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