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Wales international Ben Evans to leave Warrington

Ben Evans (left) has spent much of the last two seasons on loan. Credit: PA

Wales international Ben Evans is to leave Super League side Warrington at the end of the season, the club have announced.

The 23-year-old prop has made 22 appearances since joining the club from school alongside twin brother Rhys but has spent much of the last two seasons playing on loan with Bradford and Leigh after being hit by injury.

I've had an amazing time at the club since moving up here with Rhys and would like to thank all the staff and my team-mates for the opportunity but for now it's time to move on.

– Ben Evans, Welsh rugby league international

Wood claims Corbyn win could mean 'decade of cuts'

Leanne Wood warns of risks to Wales of Labour 'infighting'

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has responded to Labour's leadership election result by claiming that 'chaos and infighting' in the party will lead to 'a decade of decline under Tory rule in Westminster.'

She went on to say that the only alternative is to give Wales more self-rule.

This leaves us facing the prospect of a Tory UK Government‎ in London, that Wales has not voted for, doing its worst for the people in this country.

It is not often I agree with the MP for Pontypridd, but when he said that a victory for Jeremy Corbyn would condemn the UK to a decade of Tory cuts, it is difficult to see how he is wrong.

The only alternative to this now is a much a stronger devolution settlement for Wales and greater self-rule.

Labour have shown that they are unable to govern in Wales - just look at their poor outcomes after seventeen years of leading the Government - and this leadership contest has demonstrated how they are unable to act as a united and strong opposition in Westminster.

The case for our nation to be empowered with the tools that will allow people here to have a greater say on matters which affect their daily lives has never been stronger.

– Leanne Wood AM, Plaid Cymru leader

Tories claim Corbyn is 'devil's luck' for Carwyn Jones

A Welsh Conservative spokesperson has described Jeremy Corbyn's re-election as 'another chapter in the protracted saga of the Labour party's decline' and predicted 'more infighting, more division, more chaos.'

The spokesperson added that Mr Corbyn's leadership causes big problems for Welsh Labour.

For Carwyn Jones, Corbyn’s re-election is the devil’s luck. He has steadfastly refused to back him and once even suggested he should stand down.

The two men agree on very little and Corbyn is rumoured to have drawn up a so-called ‘hit list’ of Welsh Labour officials who opposed his re-election, so a Sword of Damocles now hangs over Labour’s future in Wales.

Labour remain disunited, chaotic and incapable of forging a better future for Wales and the UK. It’s crystal clear that only the Conservatives, led by Theresa May, can deliver a country that works for everyone - not just the privileged few.

– Welsh Conservative spokesperson


'Our movement remains divided' says Owen Smith

Owen Smith Credit: PA, Stefan Rousseau

The defeated Labour leadership candidate, Owen Smith, says Labour remains divided despite the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as party leader. But he says it's up to Mr Corbyn to 'heal those divisions.'

The Pontypridd MP failed to persuade Labour members that he should take over the top job.

You can read his full statement below:

I want to congratulate Jeremy Corbyn on his clear win in this leadership contest. There is no doubt that the Labour Party has changed under his leadership, he has mobilised huge numbers of people over the last 12 months, many of whom are here at Conference in Liverpool, and he deserves the credit for that, and for winning this contest so decisively.

I am humbled by the more than 193,000 members, supporters and trade union members who have put their faith in me and I want to say a big thank you to them. It has been a privilege to meet so many of you, who have given so much of your lives to Labour, and I promise to continue to work for what we all believe in. It has been a huge honour for me to stand for leader of our great party and I am also deeply grateful to my Parliamentary colleagues for nominating me.

I entered this race because I didn’t think Jeremy was providing the leadership we needed, and because I felt we must renew our party to win back the voters' trust and respect. However, I fully accept and respect the result and I will reflect carefully on it and on what role I might play in future to help Labour win again for the British people.

I have no time for talk of a split in the Labour movement - it's Labour or nothing for me. And although today's result shows that our movement remains divided, it now falls primarily to Jeremy Corbyn, as Labour Leader, to heal those divisions and to unite our movement. We have to turn round our dire opinion poll ratings and take on this right wing, failing Tory Government. Jeremy has won this contest. He now has to win the country and he will have my support in trying to do so.

Above all, despite present divisions, we have to stick together in for the long term. I call on those party members disappointed by the result and tempted to look elsewhere to stay with Labour and to stay involved. Let’s work together to renew this movement and take the fight to the Tories.

I want to say thank you to my campaign team, and particular my wonderful campaign chairs, Kate Green, Heidi Alexander, and Lisa Nandy.

I want to thank Iain McNicol, the Labour Party staff and ERS who have all worked tirelessly and professionally during this contest.

And, most importantly, I want to thank my family who have made huge sacrifices for me during this campaign and in recent years. I’m going to be at Conference today and tomorrow before returning home to Wales to spend some precious time with them.

"Thank you.

– Owen Smith MP

Corbyn win 'remarkable' says First Minister

Carwyn Jones meeting Jeremy Corbyn at 2015 Labour conference

Carwyn Jones has described Jeremy Corbyn's re-election to the Labour leadership as 'a remarkable achievement.'

The First Minister offered his commiserations to the defeated challenger, the Pontypridd MP, Owen Smith and called for Labour to put its divisions behind it and 'work hard' to be become a 'functional' opposition again.

I’d like to offer my congratulations to Jeremy today. It is a remarkable achievement to have won one leadership contest, to win two is exceptional. To Owen I offer my commiserations – he has fought a good campaign, and I know he will be looking forward to turning his focus, and channelling his tenacity, towards the Tory benches in the months ahead. This has not been a happy period for the Labour Party, the country has been denied the functional and forensic opposition they have a right to expect in Westminster, and we must work hard now to put that right.

– Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister
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