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Welsh Secretary: Education record 'much bigger scandal' than health service

The Welsh Secretary has launched an attack on Labour's education record in Wales saying it's a 'much bigger scandal' than its handling of the health service.

Conservative MP Stephen Crabb made the comments in an interview with The Sunday Times, saying children here are falling behind other parts of the UK.

He added that parents in England have 'good reason to feel very concerned' if the Labour party come into power in Westminster after the general election.

A spokesman for the Education Minister in Wales, Huw Lewis said standard are on the up and criticised the Tory party for putting Welsh teachers and pupils 'in the firing line'.

"This is simply the latest salvo in the war on Wales. Not content with denigrating our NHS, now the Tories are putting Welsh teachers and pupils in the firing line.

"All the latest evidence says that education reforms in England are stalling, whilst standards in Wales are improving."

– Spokesman for the Education Minister

In October, the Welsh Government dropped its target to be in the top 20 places of international education league tables by next year.

Read more: Colour-coded ratings: Where do your schools rank?

Lifestyle choices putting pressure on NHS

Lifestyle choices can have an impact on our health and the NHS Credit: Johnny Green/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Most people in Wales now accept that poor lifestyle choices aren't just affecting their health, they're placing pressure on the NHS. That's according to findings from the Welsh NHS Confederation:

"A real realisation that our behaviours, whether we drink, smoke, eat unhealthly, don't get enough exercise... has an impact on how we use health services. And also a realisation that healthcare is a finite resource and that people have to use our health services better and more wisely."

– Helen Birtwhistle, Director, Welsh NHS Confederation


Man arrested after pedestrian dies

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 44-year-old pedestrian died following a collision on the A449 near Usk.

It happened around 5.39am today when a white Mercedes Sprinter van collided with a pedestrian. Police say the pedestrian, from Tredegar, died at the scene.

A 41 year old man from Monmouth has been arrested on suspicion of death by careless driving and is currently in police custody.

The southbound carriageway is currently closed whilst officers carry out their investigation.

Man rescued at 2,500ft on Snowdon in snow and ice

A 29-year-old man was rescued from Snowdon last night after suffering cramp in both legs.

He was with a party of five from London, who were said to be well-equipped, apart from ice axes and crampons - vital for wintry conditions on the mountain.

Walkers in Snowdonia overlooking the Twin Lakes on the Pyg Track - but the weather isn't always this fine. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The man was at a height of 2,500ft in snow and ice on the Pyg track when members of Llanberis mountain rescue team reached him.He is now safe and well.


Police investigating one-vehicle crash near Usk

A section of the A449 near Usk is closed as police deal with a crash that happened early this morning.

The road is currently closed northbound from the Coldra roundabout to Usk and southbound from Raglan to Usk.

Gwent Police said the crash, which happened just after 5.30am this morning, involved one vehicle.

Officers are still at the scene and an investigation is ongoing.

Fire crews from Usk were also called to the scene.

Cardiff City lose at home to Derby

Russell Slade's side were denied another victory this afternoon after losing 2 goals to nil at home against Derby.

The visitors managed two goals in the first half by Jamie Ward and Chris Martin.

They now sit level with Bournemouth at the top of the table with 28 points.

Homes and businesses without phone lines after cable theft in Cardiff

Police have released images of a man they want to speak to after 200 metres of cable were stolen in Cardiff.

A number of homes and businesses in the St. Fagan's area are without phone or broadband due to the incident.

Credit: South Wales Police

Chief Inspector Dan Howe said:

“Cable thefts such as this can cause widespread disruption to businesses and householders and this incident has affected a whole community.”

Credit: South Wales Police

“We have released images of a man we want to speak to in connection with this incident. I am appealing to anyone who recognises the man in these pictures to come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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