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Steel executives join team hoping to take over Tata assets

Two steel industry executives have joined the management buyout team hoping to take over Tata's UK assets.

Excalibur Steel announced it has taken on Neil Davies and Martin Driscoll to its management leadership team. They both join from senior positions with Tata Steel Europe, which has released the two men for the period of the bidding process.

When the sale of Tata Steel UK was announced, it was feared thousands of people would lose their jobs Credit: PA

This represents another significant step forward for Excalibur. For both my colleagues to have committed themselves to our proposal is an endorsement of Excalibur's ability to design and execute plans to transform Tata's UK operations into a profitable business."

– Stuart Wilkie, chief executive of Excalibur


Newport councillor suspended over allegations of anti-Semitism

Two more Labour councillors including one from Newport have been suspended over allegations of anti-Semitism, the party has said.

Credit: Newport Council

Miqdad Al-Nuaimi, a councillor in Newport, south Wales, and Terry Kelly, who sits on Renfrewshire Council, have been suspended "pending an investigation", a spokesman said.

The move came as the party's candidate for London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, apologised for referring to moderate Labour councillors as "Uncle Toms".

David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn have also exchanged verbal blows in a furious House of Commons spat over the issue, as the Prime Minister demanded that the Labour leader withdraw a previous description of Hamas and Hezbollah as "friends".

Mr Corbyn insisted that "I absolutely do not approve of those organisations" and said that Mr Cameron should follow his lead in launching an inquiry into racism within his own party.

Final push from parties for votes ahead of election

Welsh political parties are making their final push for votes ahead of Thursday's Assembly elections.

The ruling Labour administration goes into the vote seeking a fifth consecutive term in office - but faces strong criticism from rivals over its 17-year rule.

At the last election it won 30 out of 60 Senedd seats.

The Welsh Conservatives got 14, Plaid Cymru 11 and the Welsh Liberal Democrats five. A recent poll by ITV Wales and YouGov predicted that Ukip would win its first ever seats in the Assembly.

Welsh Labour leader and First Minister Carwyn Jones will use the final day to rally support in Cardiff, while Tory chief Andrew RT Davies is set to complete a 36-hour tour of Wales.

Plaid's Leanne Wood was using the eve of the vote to reach out to "disillusioned" Labour voters.

She said: "For people who want to strengthen and protect our public services, who want to deliver fairness and equality in our communities, and who want a government that will look after people from cradle to grave, you can be confident that Plaid Cymru wants that too."


Protesters gather in attempt to close down opencast mine

Hundreds of people have gathered at Ffos-y-fran near Merthyr Tydfil to try and shut down the UK's largest opencast coal mine.

Protesters say Wales needs to move away from polluting energy.

The 'End Coal Now' camp is being organised by climate activist network Reclaim the Power, just days before Wales goes to the polls to vote in the Assembly election.

Participants are calling for a ban on opencast coal mining across Wales and the UK and the creation of thousands of green jobs.

"The local community have battled the giant Ffos-y-fran mine polluting their homes and our planet for nearly a decade. Now we are joining them to resist coal company Miller Argent's attempts to override local democracy and force through a new mine next door. Last April, the Welsh Assembly voted for a moratorium on opencast coal mining but the government ignored them. Wales deserves a transition away from polluting energy, towards clean energy and thousands of jobs. Our camp will show the candidates running for election that the public demands a ban on opencast coal mining across Wales, and the rest of the UK."

– Ellen Gibson, Reclaim the Power
Protesters have also called for investment in thousands of green jobs.

Coal company Miller Argent though say they employ more than two hundred local people and support affordable electricity generation.

Nicola Hendy reports:

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