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Young Llandeilo farmer wins Brynle Williams Memorial Award

Young farmer, Sion Thomas Williams, has won the 2012 Brynle Williams Memorial Award.

The winner was announced at the Royal Welsh Show by Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Alun Davies who was accompanied by Mary Williams, the wife of the late Brynle.

I know how much Brynle enjoyed the Royal Welsh Show and I feel truly privileged to be able to present this award to honour his memory today.

This, the second of the annual Brynle Williams Memorial Awards is just the start of a lasting legacy to Brynle's commitment to agriculture.

The winner, Sion Thomas Williams is the kind of innovative young farmer we want to see grow and thrive in the Welsh farming industry.

By standing up for young farmers and supporting them through the Young Entrant Support Scheme we can ensure the industry is fit to face a prosperous future.

– Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Alan Davies AM

The Welsh Government established the Brynle Williams Memorial Award two years ago to recognise the contribution of the late Mr Williams as both an Assembly Member and also as an active farmer.

The award marks the life of the former AM and also celebrates the achievements of young Welsh farmers.

Coroner: Health board failed to give late AM 'gold standard' care

A delay in diagnosing the late North Wales AM Brynle Williams' cancer might have shortened his life - but an even earlier discovery wouldn't have necessarily led to a cure, according to evidence at an inquest into his death.

Mr Williams died in April last year of cancer of the colon. Today, the coroner said that the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board had failed to give him the 'gold standard' of care.

The board say they've learned lessons. But the dead politician's family say they may launch further legal action.

The Health Board wishes to extend its deepest condolences to Mr Williams’ family for their loss. As this case is subject to legal action we are unable to make any detailed comment.

However, the Coroner has identified some shortfalls in the standard of care given to Mr Williams and we offer our sincere apologies to the family for this.

– Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board