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Preseli Pembrokeshire MP Crabb launches leadership bid

Crabb was appointed Work and Pensions Secretary earlier this year.

Preseli Pembrokeshire MP Stephen Crabb is to launch a bid to become the next Conservative party leader.

The Work and Pensions Secretary is expected to formally announced his bid along with Business Secretary Sajid Javid as his number two tomorrow morning. It's understood they've recruited Attorney General Jeremy Wright as their campaign manager.

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Leanne Wood and Gruff Rhys to appear at pro-EU event in Cardiff

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Leanne Wood and Welsh singer Gruff Rhys are expected to appear at a pro-European Union event in Cardiff's city centre today

Hundreds of people from Cardiff are expected to gather in the Hayes from 5pm today to mark the European Union's contribution to Wales.

This follows Cardiff being just one of five Welsh local authorities to vote to remain in the EU in last week's referendum.

Cardiff voted to remain in the European Union, and we felt it was important to mark that and say, these results don't represent what we believe in. It would be easy to feel disheartened, sad and angry, but we want to take positive action, and as the capital city we feel we should lead the way for the rest of the country. We want Wales to be a modern, tolerant and outward-looking European country.

– Beca Harries, organiser

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Call for Tory leader to have Brexit role rebuffed by Welsh Govt

There's been a swift rebuff from the Welsh Government for a call to give Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies the chair of a committee advising the Welsh Government on Brexit.

The chair of Vote Leave in Wales, the former Welsh Secretary David Jones had suggested that as Carwyn Jones proved to be out of touch with Welsh opinion on leaving the European Union, the First Minister should turn to Mr Davies for advice.

The proposal produced an unusually swift -and blunt- rejection by the Welsh Government.

We don’t see any merit in this idea. The Welsh Government will work through the consequences of the vote in good faith in the interests of the people of Wales. The National Assembly for Wales is in the process of seeing up a new, more open and transparent Committee structure and the consequences of the Brexit vote will no doubt feature heavily on upcoming agendas.

– Welsh Government Spokesperson

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood says her party must now campaign for Welsh independence

Leanne Wood made her call for independence in an interview for tonight's Wales at Six Credit: ITV News Cymru Wales

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood says her party must now campaign for Welsh independence, rather than be part of a UK outside the European Union. In an exclusive interview with ITV Cymru Wales Political Editor Adrian Masters, she's revealed that she's calling a special party conference to prioritise a campaign for Welsh independence.

Even though this situation was not of our making, Plaid Cymru believes that redesigning the current UK is the only option. A new union of independent nations working together for the common good.

This is a huge challenge that we face. All of us, whether we voted in or out should be prepared to be bold and confident in being able to forge a new, strong, inclusive, outward-looking future for our nation.

– Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood AM

Until now, Plaid has only regarded an independent Wales as a long term aim but Leanne Wood argues that the vote to leave the European Union has "changed everything". She argues that as Scotland and Northern Ireland could leave the UK, Wales must not become what she calls "a forgotten part of a right wing England and Wales".

Opinion polls have rarely shown support for independence above 10% and Leanne Wood acknowledges that she's setting her party a huge task. She also claims that as an independent nation, the Welsh people would want to be part of the EU, although there was a majority in Wales for UK withdrawal.

  • You can see Leanne Wood's interview with Adrian Masters on Wales at Six at 6pm on ITV Cymru Wales.
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