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Cameron: Welsh Tories are the radical party

The Prime Minister has claimed that the Conservatives are now the party of radicalism in Wales. In a speech to Tory supporters in Llandudno, David Cameron said they should campaign as the party setting the agenda of radical change, that's going to break Wales out of failure and complacency.

The failure and complacency it’s had to suffer for so many years at the hands of the left because here in Wales, the status quo is Labour. And guess what? Labour is not working.

Take the NHS. Here – in the birthplace of Nye Bevan – they are betraying our health service. And then there’s education. Welsh Labour just do not get it. They’re stubbornly clinging on to their old, failed, stale ideologies.

It might be the political culture in Wales but we’ve got to be bolder than that and offer a radical, exciting alternative. Anything less is a betrayal of the Welsh people.

– Prime Minister David Cameron MP

Mr Cameron claimed his government is protecting the English NHS budget when it's being cut in Wales. On education, he said new academies in England are setting schools free but in Wales 'the minister knows best'.

He also praised the emergency response to the ship running aground at Llanddulas.

We’ve had some extraordinary scenes near here in the past 48 hours. Lifeboats, helicopter rescue teams, coastguard, police, fire and ambulance crews all scrambling to that ship in Colwyn Bay.

It’s thanks to their heroism that seven lives were saved two nights ago – and I know everyone here will want to pay tribute to what they did. Once again, our emergency services proved they are the best of British.


'No pollution risk' from stricken cargo ship

Environment Agency Wales says they don't believe the cargo ship that ran aground on rocks near to Llanddulas poses a major pollution threat. Officers from the agency are patrolling beaches in the area looking for signs of pollution following the incident on Tuesday evening.

Water samples have been taken at various points around the ship to investigate the light sheen visible around the vessel.

Work to offload the remaining fuel aboard the boat is due to begin on Thursday afternoon.

Salvage work to begin on grounded ship today

The ship is lodged on the rocks near Llanddulas

The agencies working to salvage the cargo ship that ran aground near Colwyn Bay on Tuesday evening have confirmed that specialists will this afternoon begin preparatory work on the recovery of fuel from the vessel.

Gareth Pritchard from North Wales Police says that “specialists are in place and hope to start work very soon and we are asking the public to keep a safe distance from the scene.”

Colwyn Bay ship: Salvage plan to be decided

The coastguard, police and other agencies involved in the salvage effort are due to meet at 2pm this afternoon.

They're set to discuss the best way forward in salvaging the stricken vessel, which ran aground at Llanddulas on Tuesday night.

Although the risk to the environment is said to be 'minimal', around 40,000 litres of fuel on board may need to be pumped out before the vessel can be removed.


Coastguard "Fuel tanks intact"

The MV Carrier remains stranded tonight Credit: ITV News Wales

Following a meeting this evening the Maritime and Coastguard Agency have said they believe the fuel tanks aboard the MV Carrier to be intact, and any fuel leak is likely to have been a small amount from the engine.

Salvage experts are now drawing up plans for the recovery of the ship, though at the moment there is no timescale for the operation.

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