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UKIP leader to visit Senedd to settle Wales rift

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New UKIP leader Diane James is due to visit the Senedd later today.

She took over from former leader Nigel Farage at the party's recent conference in Bournemouth.

It is expected that James will meet with each of UKIP's Assembly members individually, in an attempt to heal the ongoing rift between the Leader of the group at the Assembly Neil Hamilton and Nathan Gill.

Mr Gill, although the Leader of the party in Wales and a UKIP Member of the European Parliament, sits independently from the UKIP group at the Assembly.

The split was caused after the group put pressure on Nathan Gill to choose between the two jobs which he has been unwilling to do.

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We'll cover Brexit shortfall, Labour tells Wales

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Labour will commit itself to a multi-billion pound pledge to make up any shortfalls in funding for deprived regions and communities resulting from Britain's departure from the European Union.

The promise, to be announced today at the party's annual conference in Liverpool by shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, guarantees that future Labour governments will match EU structural funding currently worth 10.8 billion euros (£9.3 billion) from 2014 to 2020.

Wales would be likely to benefit from the scheme. Currently it is allocated 2.4 billion euros (£2.1bn) under the current seven-year programme.

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