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Lord Elis-Thomas: 'Plaid Cymru weren't responding sufficiently strongly to Brexit crisis'

Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas has told ITV News why he resigned from Plaid Cymru.

The former leader was frank in criticism of what he saw as Plaid Cymru's failure to respond "sufficiently strongly" to the challenges of Brexit - and has not ruled out joining the Welsh Government.

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£1.2m to improve skills and prospects of people from ethnic minority communities

Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford with Abdalla Ali Yagoub, a volunteer mentor with Sova Cymru's ACE project. Credit: Welsh Government

A £1.2m EU-backed project to improve the skills and job prospects of people from ethnic minority and migrant communities has been announced by Finance Secretary, Mark Drakeford.

I’m delighted to announce almost £1m of EU funding for Sova Cymru’s ACE project. It will provide important opportunities for many people at risk of exclusion, and will help develop a stronger and more inclusive society in Wales. This is another example of the contribution EU funds are making to enhancing skills and training in Wales, including huge investment in thousands of apprenticeships and traineeships.

– Mark Drakeford, Finance Secretary

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Wales still a great place to do business says Ken Skates

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Economy Secretary Ken Skates has stressed that his priority is now to protect jobs and "maintain economic confidence" in post-referendum Wales.

Speaking ahead of his key note address at the Institute of Welsh Affairs he emphasised that Wales will continue to be an open, responsive and business friendly country.

Wales' economy has developed hugely over recent years and now boasts a strong international reputation as a place to come and invest.

Already this year announcements from Aston Martin, MotoNovo, TVR, Essentra, EE and BT have demonstrated our growing reputation as a magnetic country to locate to and trade from.

This is partly down to our open, responsive and business-friendly approach. We remain committed to this, to developing Welsh business and to working with new partners to draw in investment.

Post referendum my priority is protecting jobs and doing everything in my power to maintain economic confidence and stability.

– Ken Skates, Economy Secretary
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