Live updates

  1. Rob Osborne

To ban or not to ban? Health committee undecided over e-cigs

A group of influential AMs can't agree whether to support the Welsh Government's proposal to ban E-cigarettes in indoor public places.

An Assembly health committee are split over e-cigarettes Credit: PA

The health committee was largely split over party lines with Labour members supporting the move with most other members disagreeing.

The Health minister Mark Drakeford wants to extend the current indoor smoking ban to include the devises. He fears they re-normalise smoking and act as a so called 'gateway' to children.

But examining the proposal the committee heard conflicting evidence from a range of groups. While health boards and public health bodies said the move was necessary as a percussion while other groups like Cancer Research UK and ASH saying a potential ban could be harmful.

The report will be examined by AMs with a vote likely on the ban early next year.


More severe weather warnings issued

Credit: Athena Picture Agency

The Met Office has issued more 'be aware' warnings of rain and high winds for the whole of Wales.

It says a series of low pressure systems will bring mild and moist air to Wales along with strong winds.

This will lead to some large rainfall accumulations: 60 to 80 mm may fall fairly widely over the two days, and perhaps more than 120 mm over the highest ground.

Forecasters say Southwesterly winds will increase later on Monday morning, with gales extending eastwards across Wales .

Gusts of 50 mph are likely inland whilst gusts of 60 mph will affect some exposed coasts in the west and south.

There are 10 flood alerts in force.


  1. Adrian Masters

'Positive reasons' for free vote on Syria says Shadow minister

A member of Labour's Shadow Cabinet has rejected claims that the party's leadership has mishandled its position on military action in Syria.

There has been intense criticism of Jeremy Corbyn for writing to Labour MPs setting out his position before the Shadow Cabinet had reached an agreement.

He'd also earlier indicated that he wouldn't allow a free vote - where MPs vote according to their own conscience rather than following the party whip - when parliament decides whether or not to back action.

But speaking on a visit to the National Assembly in Cardiff, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Seema Malhotra, said that it had been 'a really important way to have this conversation.'

And she told Political Editor Adrian Masters that 'there are many positive arguments' for giving Labour MPs a free vote.

Load more updates