Senedd Bites #41: Tory AM “given a talking to” and more….

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Tory AM “spoken to” about inappropriate comments

Mohammad Asghar AM (Con, South Wales East) has reportedly been “spoken to” by his party about “general behaviour issues”.

BBC Wales’ Aled ap Dafydd reported that the AM (somewhat ironically) told someone conducting a familiarity session with AMs on a new Dignity & Respect policy that they were “talking shit”.

Mr Asghar said it the comment was made during a closed group meeting and wasn’t made during the training session at all. He denied he had been spoken to and told BBC Wales he “always treated men, women and children with dignity and respect and wish that the BBC treated me with the same dignity and respect.”

Brexit “helping to recruit Chinese students”

Cardiff & Vale College said Brexit was providing opportunities in the form of increased recruitment of students from China, as the college prepares to open a campus in Shanghai.

The college’s principal, Mike James, said: “Our partnership with China has become very strong over the last two years, potentially helped by Brexit but also helped by the Belt & Road Initiative – the strategic development in China which has encouraged international collaboration particularly around education.” The college’s activities in China were estimated to be worth £3million a year.

Colleges Wales, however, warned that all FE colleges were looking to alternative funding streams due to underfunding by the Welsh Government.

Port town shortlisted for train manufacturing base

Flintshire’s port town of Mostyn has been shortlisted by Spanish train manufacturer, Talgo, as a potential manufacturing base for high-speed trains to be used on England’s HS2 network. Two sites in Scotland and three sites in England have also been shortlisted.

Economy & Infrastructure Secretary, Ken Skates (Lab, Clwyd South), said: “This is a tough race with a huge prize of up to 1,000 jobs at the end but I remain hopeful that Talgo will make the right decision for itself and for north-east Wales and choose Mostyn as the location for its UK base.”

£5.5million for Urdd centre upgrades

Urdd Gobaith Cymru centres in Llangranog, Ceredigion and Glan-Llyn, Gwynedd will receive a £5.5million upgrade, with £2.75million of the funding coming from the Welsh Government.

Chair of the organisation, Sian Lewis, said: “The Urdd will be able to improve facilities and resources, create new jobs in rural Wales, upgrade infrastructure and create a fantastic environment in which to encourage effective learning throughout the year for future generations of Welsh children and young people.”

Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams (Lib Dem, Brecon & Radnor) said: “The Urdd plays a vital role in providing yearlong learning opportunities for young people in Wales. They also make a vital contribution to creating children who are social and healthy, and use the Welsh language outside of school.”