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Pembrokeshire Council to select new Chief Executive

County councillors in Pembrokeshire will today choose a new Chief Executive for the authority.

The new councillor will replace Bryn Parry Jones who stepped down last year after a no-confidence vote following a row over pension contributions.

Mr Parry Jones received a £280,000 pay-off from the council.

The deal followed controversy over cash payments to Mr Parry Jones in the place of pension contributions that the Wales Audit Office said were unlawful.

Police inquiries into the payments were dropped after they found no evidence of any criminal offences.

Today councillors will carry out final interviews of candidates at a special meeting of the authority after which one will be offered the post.

More than half of young people in Wales want the voting age lowered

More than half of young people in Wales want the voting age lowered to 16, according to a National Assembly for Wales consultation. They received more than 10,000 responses, the biggest ever for an Assembly consultation, finding that:

  • 53% want the voting age lowered to 16
  • 29% want the voting age to stay at 18
  • 79% think it's important for young people to learn about politics

The decision on whether to give the Welsh Assembly powers to change the voting age rests with Westminster, where a new draft Wales Bill is being worked on.

Megan Boot went to the National Assembly to find out why so many young people think a change in voting age is so important:


Lib Dems must learn from coalition mistakes says Kirsty Williams

Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams says she wants to 'reset the dial' for her party and learn from the mistakes of five years in coalition with the Conservatives. She's made a series of frank criticisms of decisions made by Lib Dems over their period in coalition. You can read more details by clicking here.

She told our Political Editor Adrian Masters that her party needs a fresh start ahead of next year's Welsh election.


Welsh councillors and union leaders warn Chancellor

Local councillors and union representatives from Wales have travelled from Wales to Westminster to call for fairer funding for the Welsh Government. Those lobbying MPs were from Blaenau Gwent and Neath Port Talbot councillors and Unison Wales. Councillor Peter Rees, the leader of Neath Port Talbot, urged the Chancellor to rethink his spending plans.

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