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Funeral of Bath crash victim held in Swansea

The funeral of one of the men who were killed by a runaway tipper lorry in Bath has taken place in Swansea today.

Phil Allen, 52, died along with Bob Parker and Stephen Vaughan after a car they were travelling in was hit by the truck.

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Phil Allen was killed in the crash along with Stephen Vaughan and Bob Parker. Credit: ITV News

Phil Allen was described by his family as "a loving, gentle and very thoughtful man."

A four year old girl from the local area, Mitzi Rosanna Steady, was also killed in the crash.

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Shadow Welsh Sec: Clarity needed over 'funding floor'

The Shadow Secretary of State for Wales says David Cameron's proposals on Welsh devolution are "a step in the right direction" - but said clarity is needed over the so-called 'funding floor'.

I welcome the fact that the Conservative Party now agrees with Labour, that we need fair funding for Wales and further devolution. Clearly, the package on offer does not go as far as Labour would like, on policing or devolution of the Work Programme, for example, but it is a step in the right direction.

It is disappointing, however, that after so many months of dialogue the Prime Minister has not brought forward details of how a funding floor will be applied for Wales, making it impossible to know whether Wales would be better or worse off under this plan. It is also concerning that the Prime Minister appears to suggest that fair funding is contingent on the Welsh people voting yes in a referendum on tax powers.

– Owen Smith MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales


Plaid Cymru 'disappointed' by devolution deal

Plaid Cymru says it has been left 'disappointed' by the UK Government’s command paper on further devolution.

I thank the Secretary of State for facilitating this process and Plaid Cymru entered into it in the spirit of cooperation.

For reasons that have not been satisfactorily explained, however, Westminster has insisted that the people of Wales settle for a powers package that falls far short of the normal going-rate of devolution in the United Kingdom.

Whilst some inclusions, such as the devolution of powers over fracking, are to be welcomed, this command paper falls well short of the powers that can help us strengthen our communities. And it goes nowhere near getting the funding settlement that Wales is owed after decades of disadvantage.

– Leanne Wood, Plaid Cymru leader

First Minister: Devolution deal "rushed and unsatisfactory"

Responding to the St David’s Day announcement, First Minister, Carwyn Jones said Wales was not being treated with the same degree of respect as Scotland.

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The First Minister also said the process had been "rushed and unsatisfactory".

Wales is still not being treated with the same respect as that being afforded to Scotland and this continuing imbalanced approach is damaging to the UK. The proposals only go some of the way to matching Labour’s devolution offer already set out by Ed Miliband, but they fall short in crucial areas - such as on policing. The move towards a funding floor is an important step forward and we have been pushing for this for some time. But we cannot be confident that funding for Wales has been put on a fair and sustainable footing until the detail is agreed at the next Spending Review. This is disappointing and should also be seen in the context of an unprecedented £1.5bn cut to the Welsh budget in this term.

– Carwyn Jones, First Minister

'Gad e Fynd' - Disneyland gets 'Frozen' in Welsh

Four schoolgirls from Wales are off to Disneyland to perform in a special concert to celebrate St David’s Day.


The four winners from the 2015 Urdd National Eisteddfod will perform at Disneyland Paris over the weekend.

Jodi Bird from Penarth, Cadi Fflur Evans from Meidrim, Carmarthenshire, Alys Rebecca Thomas from Miskin and Cadi Lois Owen from Ammanford. Credit:

Jodi Bird, who won the solo from a musical, said: “I’ll be singing a Welsh version of Let it Go from the Disney movie Frozen – I have translated the words myself into Welsh so I’m really excited to be singing my version in Disneyland Paris."

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