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'Positive reasons' for free vote on Syria says Shadow minister

A member of Labour's Shadow Cabinet has rejected claims that the party's leadership has mishandled its position on military action in Syria.

There has been intense criticism of Jeremy Corbyn for writing to Labour MPs setting out his position before the Shadow Cabinet had reached an agreement.

He'd also earlier indicated that he wouldn't allow a free vote - where MPs vote according to their own conscience rather than following the party whip - when parliament decides whether or not to back action.

But speaking on a visit to the National Assembly in Cardiff, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Seema Malhotra, said that it had been 'a really important way to have this conversation.'

And she told Political Editor Adrian Masters that 'there are many positive arguments' for giving Labour MPs a free vote.


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Shadow Cabinet minister's income tax caution

A senior Labour figure has urged caution over the prospect of a future Welsh Government being given income tax powers without a long-term guarantee of funding.

The Chancellor announced this week that the law would be changed to give Welsh ministers part control over income tax without the need for a referendum.

George Osborne announced a deal on overall funding for Wales but only for the duration of the current parliament.

On a visit to the National Assembly, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Seema Malhotra, told Political Editor Adrian Masters that there must be a longer term funding promise.


Shopping today? Five Black Friday facts to keep you entertained in the queues

This year's Black Friday is expected to generate over £1 Billion in online sales in the UK.

The queue outside the Tesco in Cardiff before the doors opened on Black Friday. Credit: PA

Retailers made cut-price deals available online from midnight and many spent the night preparing to open their doors early to customers.

But what is 'Black Friday' and how did the American tradition make its way over the pond?

Here are five facts about the 'bargain holiday':

  • The term 'Black Friday' was originally used to refer to a US stock market crisis in the 1800s.
  • In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the day after Thanksgiving grew to become the day the Christmas shopping season officially started in America. This was encouraged by department stores who sponsored Thanksgiving Day parades to push their advertising just before Christmas. It's thought that it became an unwritten rule that no shop would advertise for Christmas before the parade was over.
  • One of the UK's first black Friday events took place in 2003 in a Currys store in London.
  • Police were called to stores across the UK to deal with crowd control, violence and traffic issues during Black Friday sales in 2014.
  • Contrary to popular belief, it's not generally the busiest shopping day of the year. That's usually the last Saturday before Christmas.

Welsh 'flying doctors' save 600 lives in six months

Wales' 'flying doctors' service has saved the lives of more than 600 people in its first six months, officials have said.

The service has introduced pioneering equipment and treatments developed from armed forces emergency medical care. Credit: PA

The Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service (EMRTS) sees doctors and specialists go on board air ambulances and provide treatment at the scene of an incident usually only available in hospitals.

Missions have included carrying out surgical procedures at the roadside and 82 emergency anaesthetics.

Doctors first joined Wales Air Ambulance Charity flights in April for the scheme, which also involves NHS Wales, the Welsh Government and the Welsh Blood Service.

During the first six months, hundreds of people from right across Wales have been given life-saving treatment by highly skilled consultants and a wider medical team at the scene of an emergency, using some of the most advanced medical equipment available anywhere in the world.

– Vaughan Gething AM, Deputy Health Minister
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