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Alun Cairns to hold Brexit talks with Welsh business leaders

The Welsh Secretary, Alun Cairns, will meet with business leaders in mid-Wales today to discuss the outcome of June's EU referendum.

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Leaders from companies including property, retail and manufacturing will attend the business round table event, where Mr Cairns says he intends to bring a message of "reassurance", whilst discussing how Wales is "best prepared to succeed" post-Brexit.

Liz Maher, President of the South & Mid Wales Chambers of Commerce, said that while views on the decision to leave the European Union were "diverse", the vote has caused "uncertainty for businesses".

The business community is now looking for the government to provide economic stability in the short term, clarity on the way forward and action to deliver and economically successful Wales in the future.

– Liz Maher, President of the South & Mid Wales Chambers of Commerce

Owen Smith to visit Wrexham on Labour Leadership campaign trail

Labour leadership contender Owen Smith will be in Wrexham this evening delivering a speech to party members.

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The Pontypridd MP, who yesterday received the backing of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, is challenging the current Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The result of the leadership ballot will be announced at a conference in Liverpool on September 24th.

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Fraud allegations against Nathan Gill not pursued by North Wales Police

North Wales Police have confirmed they will not be investigating the allegations of fraud into Nathan Gill further.

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In a short statement they confirm the correspondence from Action Fraud concerning those allegations were being reviewed by the European Antifraud Office of the European Union (OLAF).

As a result, their involvement in the investigation has stopped.

Gill dismisses fraud allegations as "bogus"

Nathan Gill has dismissed allegations of fraud made against him as "entirely bogus" and part of an "ongoing strategy" to damage his reputation.

Nathan Gill has called the allegation a Credit: PA

Yesterday the 43-year-old revealed his "surprise" over reports that he was to be investigated by North Wales Police over the allegations.

Earlier Gill left the UKIP group in the National Assembly for Wales to sit as an independent AM.

Having spoken to the police, I am in no doubt whatsoever that these claims – which are entirely bogus - have been made against me as part of an ongoing strategy to harry me out of position and to damage my reputation at a time when a membership ballot is due to take place...I trust that those wilfully attempting to harm me will face appropriate charges. I find it utterly incredible that this ongoing, baseless and vicious campaign against me is being pursued as a priority by some within UKIP whose morals are deeply questionable. I will cooperate fully with that investigation to ensure it Is brought to a close as soon as possible. In the meantime, I wish to make it very clear that I have done absolutely nothing wrong and am well aware of who are behind this latest poisonous and deeply malicious attack.

– Nathan Gill

Gill 'surprised' by reports of police investigation

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Nathan Gill has expressed his surprise over reports that he is to be investigated by North Wales Police concerning allegations of fraud - and says he has not been spoken to by police.

Yesterday, he left the UKIP group in the National Assembly for Wales to sit as an independent AM.

North Wales Police say they have recently received correspondence from Action Fraud concerning allegations of fraud against an Anglesey man and that the matter is now under investigation.

These allegations are news to both UKIP and Mr Gill.

He has not been spoken to by the police. It is impossible to make any comment when no facts are known.

– UKIP Spokesman

North Wales Police confirm they have recently received correspondence from Action Fraud concerning allegations of fraud against an Anglesey man.

That matter is now under investigation and therefore at this we are unable to add anything further.

– North Wales Police Spokesperson

UKIP Assembly group claims 'there is no infighting' following Nathan Gill departure

A spokesman for the UKIP group in the National Assembly for Wales has responded to Nathan Gill's decision to sit as an independent.

Nathan Gill is no longer leader of UKIP in Wales, that expired when he was expelled from the party and has not been renewed, as the party is without a leader to re-issue him with that title.

Mr Gill himself has said that it was not individuals that Welsh UKIP voters elected, it was the party, so he should do the honourable thing and resign his seat to let the next Ukipper on the list take his place in the assembly. It’s what UKIP supporters voted for.

There is no infighting in the group as Mr Gill suggests, he was the only one out-of-step, and we are now left with a united group made up entirely of full-time AMs.

– Spokesman for the UKIP Assembly group
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