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Only effective protest vote is for Plaid says Wigley

Lord Wigley is in charge of Plaid Cymru's General Election campaign Credit: Plaid Cymru

Former Plaid Cymru leader Dafydd Wigley, who's running his party's 2015 Westminster election campaign, will tell Plaid's conference today that the only effective protest on behalf of Wales is made by voting Plaid Cymru. Lord Wigley will back the call by his successor, Leanne Wood, for Wales to get an extra £1.2 billion a year from the Treasury as part of a package to deliver partity with Scotland.

“In any discussion about future constitutional settlement, Wales demands parity with Scotland – full parity, not just parity of esteem, but parity of power – and parity of financial resources.

“If it isn’t immediate independence, it has to be much more than devolution – for power devolved is power retained – as we in Wales well know.

“It has to be a new partnership between nations on these islands; and we, here in Wales too, have to be part of that partnership.

“If Wales got as much, pro-rata, as Scotland gets in comparison to England, then our National Assembly would be getting £1.2bn more each year. The financial treatment of Wales has been a scandal – and this issue, above all others, must dominate the coming general election here in Wales.

“Plaid Cymru will use the next six months to demand for Wales full parity with Scotland. In funding, in our National Assembly’s powers, in our place within the UK as it evolves, and with other small nations within the EU.

“In the forthcoming election, there may be several ways in which the voters can protest, but protesting, of itself is not enough: it must be positive protest, protest to a purpose. And the only way of protesting for the purpose of getting Wales a new deal is to be voting for Plaid Cymru candidates the length and breadth of Wales.”

– Lord Wigley

King to serve two-match ban for Cyprus red card

Andy King Credit: PA

Andy King will serve a two-match Euro 2016 qualifying ban for his red card against Cyprus, the Football Association of Wales has announced.

The Leicester midfielder was shown a straight red card for fouling Cyprus captain Constantinos Makridis in Wales' 2-1 win at the Cardiff City Stadium on October 13.

UEFA has increased King's suspension for violent conduct and the 25-year-old will now miss Wales' away games in Belgium next month and in Israel in March.

"The FAW has been informed by UEFA that Andy King has been suspended for two matches," the Football Association of Wales said in an official tweet on Friday afternoon.

Wales manager Chris Coleman defended King after his dismissal early in the second half left Wales clinging on to their slim 2-1 advantage.

"It's not really his fault," Coleman said at the time.

"The timing was wrong and he had a red but that's probably down to myself and the staff.

"We've been firing the lads up the last two games.

"We've been into the lads all week saying 'whatever they give to us, we give to them' and I can't blame Andy for that."

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Group of women targeted in attempted robbery

Three women were targeted in an attempted robbery. Police are investigating the incident, which took place on the junction between Rhigos Street and Cosmeston Street in Cathays, Cardiff.

An unknown man demanded the women's purses, before making his escape down a lane to the rear of Cosmeston Street

The suspect is described as male, in his late teens to early twenties with pale, ashen white skin. He is clean shaven with small marks on his nose and cheeks, possibly scars and he has mousey brown eyebrows. He was wearing a black non-shiny hooded quilted jacket and baggy grey trousers.

Anyone with information is urged to call South Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting occurrence 1400398198.

Variable cloud amounts and some bright or sunny spells tomorrow

This evening and tonight:

Variable amounts of cloud and some isolated showers across western coasts and hills. Clearer skies and lighter winds in the east will allow it to turn fairly chilly in some sheltered rural areas with mist patches possible. Minimum temperature 5 deg C (41 deg F).

Saturday:

Breezy with variable amounts of cloud and some sunny spells, especially to the east of high ground. However there will be a few showers too, these mainly in the west. Maximum temperature 15 deg C (59 deg F).

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Breezy, mild and often rather cloudy with a few showers on Sunday and Monday. More organised rain will arrive from the northwest on Tuesday, but with winds falling lighter.

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