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Welsh politicians pay respects to Nice attack victims

Welsh politicians are offering their condolences to those involved in the Nice attacks in which 84 people were killed after a lorry ploughed into crowds celebrating Bastille Day.

First Minister Carwyn Jones tweeted saying, "Truly shocked at the appalling events in Nice. My thoughts are with all the victims and their families involved in this horrific attack."

Leader of the Welsh Conservatives Andrew RT Davies tweeted, "Once again, we stand shoulder to shoulder with people in France after yet another appalling act of terror."

Elsewhere, Pontypridd MP Owen Smith has cancelled the launch of his Labour leadership campaign which was due to take place in his constituency later today.

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Sticker plan for community pharmacies

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A new Wales-wide sticker campaign to raise awareness of the NHS services available on the high street has been launched.

The new stickers will appear in the windows of optometrists, dentists and community pharmacists to improve public awareness of the role independent contractor’s play in providing NHS services.

Our pharmacies, optometry practices and dental practices provide convenient health services for people in their own communities. Along with GPs, they are a person’s first, and often their most frequent, point of contact with a healthcare professional.

They are increasingly taking on clinical roles that previously have been the domain of doctors, and sometimes hospitals, and are taking greater responsibility for providing advice and treatment for people with minor ailments.

– Vaughan Gething AM,Cabinet Secretary for Health

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

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