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General Election 'pivotal moment' for education

The Labour party says the General Election will be a pivotal moment for education here and across the UK.

Even though it's a devolved matter, the Education Minister Huw Lewis claims the election is a choice between two visions for education, arguing that the Conservatives would constrain the life chances of young people, whilst Labour would invest in them.

Are we going to continue down the road of austerity and shrink the budget for public services year on year and the inevitable fall out for that in education will be constrained life chances for our young people, or are we going to make sure that we priorities the life chances of our young people?

– Huw Lewis AM, Education Minister

The Tories meanwhile argue Labour have let down young people here, claiming Welsh schools trail behind others in Europe.

Less is spent on education here in Wales than it is in England, and that's a Labour choice to make that decision - we want to see more spent at the pupils at the sharp end so that the teachers can get the best out of those pupils.

– Alun Cairns, Conservatives

Proton beam cancer treatment centre to open in Cardiff

Credit: Arno Burgi/dpa

Cardiff is set to be home to one of only three proton beam therapy centres in the UK.

Treatment centres are being opened in Cardiff, London and Northumberland by 2017 - with the Cardiff centre due to be operational next year.

Proton therapy is a highly-targeted form of radiotherapy used to treat hard-to-reach cancers - such as spinal tumours - with a lower risk of damaging the surrounding tissue and causing side effects.

The centres, run by Cardiff-based Proton Partners International Ltd, will also offer conventional radiotherapy, chemotherapy and supportive care, to both NHS and private patients.

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Poll puts health as voters' greatest concern

People were asked to name the most important issues facing the country Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Welsh voters seem in no doubt that health the is the most important political issue at the moment, according to a YouGov poll for ITV Cymru Wales. Concerns about the NHS are likely to have a big impact on how people vote in the Westminster election, although it's the responsibility of the Welsh Government.

People were asked to name the most important issues facing the country. Here's their top four:

  • Health 52%
  • Immigration & Asylum 49%
  • The Economy 46%
  • Welfare benefits 27%

Next, they were asked what were the most important issues facing them and their families, producing a rather different top four concerns:

  • Health 47%
  • The Economy 39%
  • Pensions 27%
  • Welfare benefits 20%

Immigration came sixth on 18%, just behind tax on 19%. In general, supporters of all parties broadly agreed about the issues facing the country and themselves. The notable exception was UKIP supporters. 85% of them listed immigration as an issue for the country, more than twice as many as picked any other issue.

50% of UKIP voters also saw immigration as an issue for themselves and their families, again making it their main concern.

  • People could pick up to three issues in response to each question.
  • Poll for ITV Cymru Wales and the Wales Governance Centre at Cardiff University.
  • YouGov poll 24-27 March. Sample of 1189 Welsh adults.
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