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Ex-Welsh Secretary returns to government with Brexit role

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Ex-Welsh Secretary David Jones MP returns to government as Theresa May's cabinet reshuffle continues.

The Clwyd West MP has been appointed as minister of state in the Department for Exiting the European Union.

David Jones led the Vote Leave campaign in Wales and will now assist David Davis in negotiation to leave the EU.

Cardiff Central MP backs Owen Smith in Labour leadership contest

Welsh Labour MP Jo Stevens is backing Owen Smith in the Labour leadership contest.

The Cardiff Central MP had been considered as one of Jeremy Corbyn's most loyal supporters - she was one of 40 MPs who refused to back the no confidence motion in their leader.

But she has now told supporters she will back the Pontypridd MP in the leadership contest.

In an email to party members, Ms Stevens wrote: "During the past two weeks it has become painfully obvious that we have been unable to fulfil the very basic day to day operation as the official opposition in Parliament.

"We cannot present ourselves as a government in waiting without leadership and a leadership team that commands the respect and support of not only members....but Labour voters and potential Labour voters."

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Owen Smith 'not prepared to see Labour split' as he launches party leadership campaign

The Pontypridd MP Owen Smith will today launch his bid to be the next leader of the Labour Party

The ex-shadow cabinet minister will set out his vision for the future direction of the party at his constituency.

Owen Smith has explained the reason he is standing is because of the party's peril of a "disastrous split" and he's not prepared to let that happen.

He added "it falls to a new generation of Labour MPs to step forward and secure Labour's future. I am the only person in this race than can do that."

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He says he chose to launch his leadership bid in Pontypridd because his politics are rooted in the community.

This is the constituency I grew up in, where I went to school, where my kids go to school and I am deeply proud to represent Pontypridd in Parliament.

So I wanted to launch my campaign here, amongst the community which made me and to which I owe so much.

– Owen Smith MP

Kirsty Williams: EU students and staff welcome at Welsh universities

Welsh Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has said that EU students and staff are welcome and valued at universities across Wales amid concerns raised in the aftermath of the referendum.

Speaking ahead of her tour of Swansea University's £450 million Science and Innovation campus, she has celebrated the "long and proud tradition of European students coming to Swansea."

Now we face uncertainty and worry following the recent referendum. I want to be clear that students and staff from across the European Union are still welcome at Swansea University, indeed they are welcome at all Welsh Universities. Those already studying here, and those who are planning to come are still welcome, our places of learning are still there for you.

Let me be clear, we will not tolerate any form of racial abuse whether on our campuses or within the wider communities in which we are rooted. Welsh universities will continue to recruit and teach students from the EU and the wider world. The Welsh Government is determined to protect Wales' reputation as a friendly and tolerant place to study and carry out world-class research. Whatever the long-term implication of the vote, we remain an outward looking and welcoming nation where we are committed to sharing knowledge across national borders.

– Kirsty Williams, Welsh Education Secretary

Alun Cairns: 'Welsh EU funding can't be replaced by Westminster'

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Billions of pounds of EU funding for Wales cannot simply be replaced by Westminster, Alun Cairns has suggested.

The Welsh Secretary said it "misses the point" to shift the source of aid from the EU to Westminster after the majority of people in Wales voted to leave the union three weeks ago.

Wales currently receives billions of pounds from EU funding programmes, however the Vale of Glamorgan MP reassured Wales would not suffer heavily under Brexit and insisted it would receive its "fair share".

We've not yet concluded our negotiating position but I would add that simply replacing what are currently EU funds from one source with another source from Westminster misses the point.

The EU referendum sent out a number of messages, those areas which receive most of the EU funds were the areas which voted strongest to leave the European Union. We need to look at models of regional aid in a different way.

– Alun Cairns MP

Boris Johnson appointment as Foreign Secretary 'fantastic', says Welsh Conservative Leader

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Leader of the Welsh Conservatives Andrew RT Davies has said Boris Johnson's appointment as Foreign Secretary in Theresa May's new cabinet is 'fantastic'.

The rest of the appointments to the new Government are still being made.

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