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"Carwyn and I are going to get along fine" says Corbyn

Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn, on a visit to the Aneurin Bevan Stones near Tredegar, has claimed that he would have a good working relationship with First Minister Carwyn Jones, who's said that the veteran leftwinger would be "an unusual choice" of party leader.

Earlier Mr Corbyn said his campaign needed to be a bit cautious about a poll giving him a commanding lead in the leadership contest but when he was asked about how he'd get on with the First Minister, he talked as if he expected to be Labour leader.

Carwyn and I are going to get along fine ... perhaps we can narrow the clear red water [between Labour in Wales and at Westminster] -and walk across it.

– Jeremy Corbyn MP

Mr Corby added that a big movement was growing "full of optimism and hope".


Labour leader hopeful Jeremy Corbyn continues Wales tour

Jeremy Corbyn is the current frontrunner for the Labour leadership. Credit: PA

Labour leader hopeful Jeremy Corbyn will continue his two day tour of Wales later, with a trip to Tredegar and Cardiff.

It'll be a chance for Labour supporters to hear some of his messages and political viewpoints.

Mr Corbyn perviously said he wouldn't rule out a return for mining to South Wales.

A decision on the leadership will be announced in September.

Read more:Labour leadership contenders address party members in Cardiff

Read more: Labour's Jeremy Corbyn says mining could return to South Wales

Agreement reached over Dafydd Elis Thomas future

Plaid Cymru says the party's former leader Dafydd Elis Thomas no longer faces possible deselection as a candidate in next year's Assembly election.

Plaid's National Executive was due to discuss tomorrow his criticisms of party leader Leanne Wood and the Westminster election campaign.

But earlier this week Lord Elis Thomas was backed by his constituency party in Dwyfor Meirionnydd after he agreed not to criticise Plaid Cymru policy again without discussing it with them first.

The discussions have come to an end. An agreement is in place between the constituency, Dafydd Elis-Thomas and the National Executive Committee. We will not be making any further statements on this matter.

– Plaid Cymru Spokesperson


50th anniversary since closure of Capel Celyn School

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the closure of a school in north Wales before the valley it was in was controversially flooded for a reservoir.

The area is now a reservoir supplying water to England.

Capel Celyn School near Bala was closed in 1965, along with farms, a chapel a post office, a cemetery and 12 houses.

Families who had relatives buried in the cemetery were given the option of either moving them to another cemetery, or leaving them.

The community was moved on to create the Llyn Celyn, otherwise known as the Tryweryn reservoir and supply water to Liverpool and the surrounding area.

The event resulted in a series of protests at the time.

The event resulted in a series of protests and a surge in support in Welsh nationalism and led to Liverpool City Council issuing a formal apology for the flooding in 2005.

The incident resulted in a surge in support in Welsh nationalism.

No job for Welsh MP in Lib Dem team

The Welsh Liberal Democrats' only MP has been left out of the team of 22 party spokespersons appointed by the new Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron. With only eight MPs at Westminster, Mr Farron has given jobs to all his colleagues in the Commons apart Ceredigion MP Mark Williams and former party leader Nick Clegg.

The Lib Dems' spokesperson on Wales will be the party's Welsh leader, Kirsty Williams AM. She's one of several appointments from outside the Houses of Parliament but one Welsh Lib Dem peer has been given a job. The former Wales Office Minister Baroness Randerson will speak on transport.

Dafydd Elis Thomas backed by Plaid constituency party

Members of Plaid Cymru's constituency party in Dwyfor Meirionnydd tonight backed Dafydd Elis Thomas as their candidate in next year's assembly election.

The situation was discussed in a special meeting of senior Plaid officials and constituency members. Credit: ITV News

A meeting in Porthmadog heard from two senior Plaid officials about why the former party leader faces disciplinary action for criticising the present leader Leanne Wood.

A final decision on whether he remains a Plaid Cymru candidate will be taken by the party's national executive.

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Crunch meeting for Dafydd Elis Thomas

Dafydd Elis Thomas (right) applauds Leanne Wood after she beat him in the Plaid Cymru leadership contest in 2012 Credit: PA

The battle of wills between Plaid Cymru's former leader Dafydd Elis Thomas and the party's current leader Leanne Wood comes to a head tonight at a special meeting of senior Plaid officials and constituency members in Porthmadog.

Lord Elis Thomas' refusal to always toe the party line has led to friction since Leanne Wood became Plaid's leader in 2012. Relations were briefly patched up after he faced disciplinary action for missing a vote in the Senedd but matters have come to ahead since the Westminster election in May.

He publicly criticised the election campaign for prioritising parity with Scotland rather than focussing on specifically Welsh issues, criticism that those close to the Plaid leadership say would have been more appropriately made in private. Friends of the Dwyfor Meirionnydd AM say he's found the party hierarchy unwilling to listen to his concerns.

Plaid Cymru's executive meets on Saturday and has the power to cancel Dafydd Elis Thomas' selection as candidate for Dwyfor Meirionnydd in next year's Assembly election. It would be an extraordinary and potentially damaging step to take against a man who was first elected as MP for the old Merionethshire seat in 1974.

Tonight's meeting, where he is expected to put his case, will test whether he still has the support of his local party. If he has its backing, the members of the party executive would have to ask themselves if they could really risk a split with the activists in Plaid Cymru's safest seat.

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