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Liberal Democrats pledge to extend 'More Nurses' Bill

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The Nurse Staffing Levels Bill will become law today, making Wales the first European nation with a legal duty to have sufficient staffing levels on acute hospital wards.

The Bill was proposed by Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, and the Assembly voted in favour of it last month.

Williams has pledged to extend the law to include mental health wards, maternity wards and community nurses in the next Assembly.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats will make Wales a world leader for patient care.

In the forthcoming election, the Welsh Liberal Democrats will show that we have listened to people’s concerns. We all want NHS staff to have the time to care for our loved ones, which is why the Welsh Liberal Democrats will deliver safe staffing levels across the NHS. We’ll put more nurses in our hospitals and in our communities to deliver an NHS that works for you.

– Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats

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Lib Dems concede likely Brecon & Radnorshire defeat

By Nick Hartley, Brecon & Radnorshire

Welsh Liberal Democrat sources have conceded they are set to lose their hold on Brecon & Radnorshire to the Conservative party in one of Wales' most closely contest seats.

The mid-Wales constituency has been under the leadership of Roger Williams since 2001 and a party seat since 1997, but it is on course to see a 3,747 majority overturned in favour of Welsh Conservative candidate Chris Davies.

A loss would heap further angst on what exit polls have suggested will be painful night for the Liberal Democrats right across Britain.

The result is expected around 0300 BST.

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