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Protestors meet former Japanese prime minister

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Protestors against the Wylfa Newydd power station have met with the former Prime Minister of Japan this morning.

Naoto Kan is in Llangefni to meet councillors and attend a public meeting about the nuclear plant. Protestors hope his visit will help highlight their campaign to stop the new plant being built on the island.

Nuclear plant on Anglesey will be 'delivered safely'

The company behind plans to build a nuclear power plant on Anglesey has said it will be "delivered safely".

Horizon Nuclear Power has sent an open letter to the former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who's on Anglesey campaigning to stop the plans.

In the letter, CEO at Horizon Alan Raymant, highlighted the safety record of the nuclear industry in the UK and globally. He also said nuclear power has played a key role in Anglesey’s recent history.

Mr Raymant also said an incident like that of Fukushima is not possible as there is no risk of a Tsunami on the island.

Naoto Kan was prime minister of Japan at the time of the Fukushima accident, which resulted in large radiation leaks.

It led to his resignation and he's since campaigned against nuclear power.

A repeat on Anglesey of the natural conditions that led to the Fukushima accident is not a credible possibility due to the absence of major seismic or tsunami risk. But we, and the UK regulators, are taking valuable lessons from that event to enhance safety even further.

We are privileged to enjoy support from Governments and elected representatives in Anglesey and in Wales more widely, from the local community and from the future workforce. But we are in no doubt that this support relies on clearly demonstrating that safety and security are at the core of what we do. We will not flinch from honest debate about nuclear power, but we remain determined to deliver Wylfa Newydd safely and to the benefit of the community.

– Alan Raymant, CEO Horizon Nuclear Power

Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. It was bought by Hitachi Ltd of Japan in November 2012.

The company is developing plans to build at least 5,400MW of new nuclear power generation plant at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey.


Labour seize on RCN comments

Labour have called on Prime Minister David Cameron to apologise for his criticism of the Welsh NHS after the Chief Executive of the Royal College of Nursing says the Conservative leader's comments on the service is "demoralising staff."

In a letter to the Prime Minister, the RCN's Chief Executive, Dr Peter Cater says: "...the NHS in Wales has been consistently cited as poorly performing in comparison to the NHS in England. This is of huge frustration and disappointment to nursing staff who are working tirelessly to care for patients in often difficult circumstances. The RCN is concerned that the effect of these remarks is causing further demoralisation of the workforce, at a time when nursing morale is already at an all time low. "

At last year's Welsh Conservatives' conference, David Cameron described Offa's Dyke as a "line between life and death. " This year the party's conference takes place this weekend in Cardiff where senior leaders will gather ahead of May's General Election.

MPs to hear from 'zero obesity' pupils from Carmarthenshire

The gym at Duffryn Taf in Whitland houses special equipment Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Pupils from West Wales will be telling MPs in Westminster how obesity levels have been tackled successfully at their school.

Fitness fanatics at Duffryn Taf school in Whitland will travel to London to share their success story in a bid to get more schools involved.

A specially designed gym is at the heart of the scheme, housing equipment used for physical and mental tasks.

The school now runs a specially designed fun and motivational PE programme that has resulted in:

  • near zero obesity within the whole school
  • high levels of participation with both male and female pupils
  • improved grades
The school now has a near zero obesity level. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

One of the experts behind the programme says this new well-being concept could mean massive savings for the NHS and save lives too.

The programme is designed so that any child of any age, gender, ability or disability can benefit.

I am delighted to support this great initiative which tackles a complex issue in a sensible, enjoyable and affordable way.

The pupils will be demonstrating equipment, software and showing a short video that they have filmed of their well-being programme in full action at school.

– Simon Hart, Conservative MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire


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