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Labour support up slightly, Greens now in fifth place

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The latest Wales Barmometer Poll, for tonight's Sharp End, shows Labour up 1% on the last poll in December and no change for the Conservatives. UKIP are down 2% and Plaid Cymru have slipped 1%. The Lib Dems are 1% up but have been pushed into sixth place by the Greens, who are up 3%.

More on this poll on tonight's Sharp End. And more detailed findings on line later tonight and in the morning.


Vale of Glamorgan becomes 7th council to ban sky lanterns

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has become the latest to ban the release of sky lanterns from all council land. The ban also applies to any events organised on council land.

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In October 2013, the Welsh Government wrote to local authorities encouraging them to introduce a voluntary ban.

The Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Caerphilly, Carmarthenshire, Conwy, Neath Port Talbot and Pembrokeshire, are the seven authorities out of 22 that have done so.

Animal charity RSPCA Cymru says Sky lanterns (also known as Chinese lanterns) can harm wildlife, livestock and other animals by causing injuries that can lead to a slow and painful death.

Whilst an outright ban remains RSPCA Cymru's objective, local authorities can deliver a powerful statement to their local community and beyond by implementing voluntary bans on the land which they control.

– RSPCA Cymru

Wagg signs to 2017 and wants cricket silverware

All-rounder Graham Wagg has signed a contract extension with Glamorgan which keeps him at the county until 2017.

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Wagg joined the Welsh county in 2010 and enjoyed a successful summer last year. Hugh Morris, Glamorgan chief executive said, “We are pleased to have secured his services and Graham’s commitment to our cause is a timely boost as our preparations for the new season step up over the course of the coming weeks.”

Graham said, "I came to Glamorgan to help the Club win silverware. We haven't got there yet, but the Club is ambitious and keen for success and my own personal ambitions have not changed since I arrived here."


Hospital appointments back to normal for rest of the week

Appointments at the University of Hospital Wales and University Hospital Llandough will continue as planned for the rest of the week.

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We would like to thank all members of the public in bearing with us today after the decision to cancel and rearrange a number of elective and outpatient activities.

This decision was made due to the number of patients, presenting as emergencies with complex needs requiring a high level of care, therefore our priority has been to look after these people.

Demand on our services remains extremely high but we are able to confirm appointments for the rest of the week will continue as planned.

– Alice Casey, Chief Operating Officer at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
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