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Chelsea Manning family: There will always be a welcome for her here in Wales

The Welsh family of Chelsea Manning have said they are "overjoyed" she will soon be free after her sentence was commuted by outgoing US President Barack Obama.

Her mother is Welsh and she spent part of her teenage years in Pembrokeshire.

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A statement released on behalf of her mother, Susan Manning, and other family members said they hoped the transgender former intelligence analyst, born Bradley Manning, would "now be able to get on with the rest of her life", adding there would "always be a welcome for her here in Wales".

We are all overjoyed that Chelsea will soon be free.

Chelsea exposed wrongdoing and was punished for being a whistleblower.

We regret that it has taken so long for President Obama to commute the sentence and are outraged that Chelsea has been forced to endure such abusive treatment in prison.

We sincerely hope that Chelsea will now be able to get on with the rest of her life and that she finds happiness and fulfilment in whatever she chooses to do. There will always be a welcome for her here in Wales.

– Family statement

Those who have followed Chelsea Manning’s trial closely will know that, while a very serious crime was committed, her case and circumstances were not straightforward.

Those in my constituency who raised concerns about her welfare, including her family and friends in Pembrokeshire, will be relieved at her release.

The decision to commute Chelsea’s sentence is an act of mercy and compassion which reflects well on Barack Obama both on a very human level and as a President.

– Stephen Crabb, Preseli Pembrokeshire MP



Funeral of Nos Galan Road Races founder to be held

The funeral of the founder of the Nos Galan Road Races will be held later today.

Bernard Baldwin was born in Barry in 1925. Credit: Rhondda Cynon Taf Council

Bernard Baldwin MBE, who died earlier this month at the age of 91, started the race in 1958 to celebrate the life and achievements of 18th century Welsh runner Guto Nyth Brân.

Over the years the race has had various formats and originally took place at midnight, but the current race is held in the evening of New Year's Eve and takes in three circuits of Mountain Ash, starting in Henry Street and ending in Oxford Street by the Guto Nyth Brân statue.

Bernard Baldwin was given the freedom of Rhondda Cynon Taf in 2014.

Mr Baldwin was awarded an MBE in 1971 for his services to British athletics and in 2014 was given the freedom of Rhondda Cynon Taf in recognition of the legacy created by the race.

AMs back Wales Bill in Assembly vote

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Assembly Members have voted to back the Wales Bill in today's Assembly vote. The vote was 38-17 in favour of the bill.

The Assembly's right to rename itself a parliament is one of the powers unambiguously given to Cardiff Bay by the Wales Bill.

The main concern of Plaid Cymru - and many in Labour who've agreed to swallow their doubts - is that because law and justice won't be devolved, the Assembly's ability to legislate will be curtailed.

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