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Heseltine joins scrutiny of Swansea city deal plans

Lord Heseltine meeting the Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns Credit: Office for the Secretary of State for Wales  

Plans for a scheme aimed at boosting Swansea and the surrounding areas will come under scrutiny by the Welsh Secretary and a former leading cabinet minister.

Alun Cairns and Lord Heseltine along with business and local authority leaders will go over the business case for what's known as the Swansea Bay City Region Deal.

Michael Heseltine, who was a cabinet minster in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, was born in Swansea.

Credit: PA, Ben Birchall

With discussions at an advanced stage, today’s challenge session is about putting the business case for the City Deal under the microscope so we are absolutely clear about expectations.

It is hugely helpful to have an expert in regeneration projects like Lord Heseltine to help with the task. He has years of experience in overseeing projects that really breathe new life into communities, and he is well practiced in seeing the vision turn into reality on the ground.

– Alun Cairns MP, Welsh Secretary

Kinnock Spitting Image puppets fetch £3,400 at auction

Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Puppets from ITV's Spitting Image of Neil Kinnock and his wife Glenys have sold at auction today for £3,400.

Former Labour leader and his wife were a regular sight on the programme in the 1990s.

Spitting image was a popular puppet show that poked fun at the politicians of the day. It ran from 1984 until 1996

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