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Carwyn Jones: "Racism has absolutely no place in Wales"

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First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones says that he is "shocked and appalled" by the increases in verbal abuse directed towards people from ethnic minority communities during the past week.

This message comes as the First Minister plans to meet with people from ethnic minority communities in Swansea and Llanelli today.

I am shocked and appalled by the increase in racial tensions and verbal abuse towards people from ethnic minority communities during the past week. We will not stand for any form of racism in Wales and we will tackle this unacceptable behaviour head on.

While I have been disgusted by the racial abuse endured by some, I have also been heartened by the public outpouring of support and gratitude for ethnic communities living in Wales. I was immensely proud to hear about the note of thanks pinned anonymously on the door of Llanelli’s Polish Welsh Association. I sincerely hope all other communities follow this wonderful example.

Meanwhile, I will do all I can to help reunite the people of Wales. Migrants have made, and continue to make, an immense contribution to Welsh life and I want to reassure foreign nationals living here that they remain valued members of our society. Please hear my message loud and clear – you are still welcome here.

– Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales


Labour: Nick Smith becomes latest Welsh MP to resign

Nick Smith has become the latest Welsh MP to resign from his position on the Labour front bench.

The Blaenau Gwent MP said in his resignation letter that he was "afraid for the future" of Labour with Jeremy Corbyn as leader.

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Corbyn has seen mass resignations from the front bench in recent days, including a number of Welsh MPs.

But he has refused to resign as Labour leader, despite the party's MPs overwhelmingly backing a vote of no confidence.

A total of 172 MPs said they had no confidence in Corbyn compared to 40 who backed him.

Corbyn has remained defiant, saying the ballot had "no constitutional legitimacy" and he would "not betray" the party members who elected him by resigning.

Hundreds sing Welsh national anthem at Cardiff EU celebration event

Hundreds of people turned out in Cardiff yesterday at an event celebrating the European Union.

It included a speech from Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, a performance from Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys, and this emotive, impromptu rendition of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau.

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Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns to meet Welsh business leaders

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Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns will meet Welsh business leaders today to reassure them that the UK Government will support them after the vote to leave the EU.

The Secretary of State will be setting out the Government's plan for the creation of a specialist EU unit to tackle trade treaties and legal agreements.

Mr Cairns will also meet the Welsh Local Government Association and executives from higher education.

We are in the early days of a momentous move for the UK. I am in Wales to reassure business and council leaders that we are determined to address their concerns and make the new settlement work.

The Welsh economy is now a thriving and dynamic one, with more people than ever in work and many coming from overseas to our high performing universities. My priority is to ensure we maintain this success and manage our transition to the new arrangements in a calm and measured way.

Today's meetings are the first of a series of events I will be holding across Wales. While we remain EU members for now, I am starting work straight away to ensure we get the best deal for Wales.

– Alun Cairns, Welsh Secretary

Make Drakeford calls for "every penny" of EU funds to be replaced

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Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government Mark Drakeford has called for the UK Government to replace every penny of EU funding that currently goes to Wales.

Speaking ahead of oral questions in the Senedd, he said that EU Structural Funds play an important role in supporting growth and jobs across Wales and that any loss of funds would have a negative impact on people, businesses and communities.

Wales is a net beneficiary from the European Union. The millions of pounds Wales receives from the EU help people into work and training; support businesses; drive innovation and help to regenerate communities. The UK Government must guarantee that Wales will not lose out from an EU withdrawal.

Funding cuts will have a real impact on our budgets and strategies for growth and jobs. The First Minister has written to the UK Prime Minister about this very issue. While arrangements for a Brexit are being made for the longer term, we will continue to deliver existing EU programmes in Wales, investing in projects to ensure continuity for citizens, communities, farmers and businesses

– Mark Drakeford, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government


Leanne Wood and Gruff Rhys to appear at pro-EU event in Cardiff

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Leanne Wood and Welsh singer Gruff Rhys are expected to appear at a pro-European Union event in Cardiff's city centre today

Hundreds of people from Cardiff are expected to gather in the Hayes from 5pm today to mark the European Union's contribution to Wales.

This follows Cardiff being just one of five Welsh local authorities to vote to remain in the EU in last week's referendum.

Cardiff voted to remain in the European Union, and we felt it was important to mark that and say, these results don't represent what we believe in. It would be easy to feel disheartened, sad and angry, but we want to take positive action, and as the capital city we feel we should lead the way for the rest of the country. We want Wales to be a modern, tolerant and outward-looking European country.

– Beca Harries, organiser
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