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Elmore selected as Labour candidate in Ogmore by-election

Chris Elmore has won the nomination for the Ogmore Parliamentary by-election, following a selection by Labour members.

Elmore will be contesting for the Ogmore parliamentary seat.

A Councillor for the last eight years, the 32-year-old currently serves as Cabinet Member for Children's Services and Schools in the Vale of Glamorgan Council. He also leads the education consortium that delivers school improvement across the Bridgend and RCT Council areas.

His selection comes following the retirement of previous MP Huw Irranca Davies, who's stepping down to stand at the Welsh Assembly elections.

Elmore will now look to defend Labour's 13,000 majority at the by-election, which will likely take place on the same day as the Assembly elections on 5th May.

I am delighted to have the support of Welsh Labour members in Ogmore for the by-election. Huw Irranca-Davies has been a real champion for local people in Parliament over the last 14 years and he leaves some big shoes to fill. As a committed campaigner I intend to hit the ground running and will be out in communities across Ogmore putting forward Labour’s message over the coming months. I will be proud to do so alongside our Assembly candidate Huw Irranca-Davies to ensure that Ogmore returns both a Labour MP and AM and a Welsh Labour Government in May.

– Chris Elmore

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Former Wales international Collison retires from football

Former Wales international Jack Collison has announced he has retired from football at the age of 27.

Collison made 17 international appearances for Wales. Credit: PA

In a statement on his website, the former West Ham midfielder admitted he had reached the decision due to a persistent knee injury which has dogged his career since his early days as a professional.

...the time has finally come to say, enough is enough, and admit my body can no longer cope with the demands of modern day football. The nights where I wake up in pain, or the mornings where I struggle to walk will be a constant reminder that I was lucky enough to play the game I love. That I put my body on the line time and time again to live out my dreams in front of the world.

– Jack Collison

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FT: Scarlets 22 - 21 Edinburgh

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In the Pro12, the Scarlets have defeated Edinburgh 22-21 after taking a narrow lead in the final few minutes.

FT: Wales U20 18-15 Scotland U20

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Wales U20 have defeated Scotland U20 18 -15 this evening in their second match of their Six Nations campaign.

Appeal for teenager who went missing a week ago

Gwent Police says 15-year-old Jordan Owen, from the Caerphilly area, was reported missing on Friday 5th February from his home address in Rhymney.

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Jordan is described as white, approximately 5ft 7 inches tall, slim build with short, mousey brown hair. He was last seen wearing a grey tracksuit, blue Adidas trainers and a zip up, black jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

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