Senedd Bites #84: Advanced Manufacturing Centre officially opened

(Title Image: via AMRC Sheffield)

Advanced Manufacturing Centre opens in Flintshire

The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Cymru, based at Broughton in Flintshire (pcitured above), was officially opened for business by the First Minister on 28th November.

The £20million facility – developed in partnership with Sheffield University – aims to give businesses in the wider region access to advanced manufacturing technologies to improve productivity, product performance and improve safety.

The First Minister said: “The Deeside Enterprise Zone has a strong manufacturing base and this development will further strengthen its position for the future, sparking innovation and productivity. It will ensure the area is at the forefront of cutting-edge skills in manufacturing. AMRC Cymru will be of benefit for generations to come in North Wales and is part of our aim to have a more prosperous and equal Wales.”

Mass screening following Carmarthenshire TB outbreak

Public Health Wales launched a mass screening of children in Carmarthenshire following an outbreak of latent TB in the Llwynhendy area, which resulted in the death of a 64-year-old woman in September.

BBC Wales reports that 29 additional cases have been found after 1,400 screenings and 200 cases have been identified in total. Latent TB can be transmitted from person-to-person but is treatable.

Shadow UK Minister withdraws call for maternity service public inquiry

The (UK) Shadow Business Minister, Rebecca Long-Bailey, withdrew a call for a public inquiry into the Cwm Taf maternity scandal after originally expressing support for such an inquiry in a 2019 UK General Election debate last Friday.

She said she didn’t know the details of the scandal, which was picked up by Plaid Cymru’s Adam Price.

In a statement, she said: “As I said in answering the question, I was not aware of the circumstances or actions taken by the (Welsh) Health Minister (Vaughan Gething) to establish comprehensive and fully independent review and oversight arrangements.”

Labour AM blasts UK party election campaign

Alun Davies AM (Lab, Blaenau Gwent) said Labour’s election campaign was “allowing and enabling” a Tory victory after the poor performance of Labour representatives in successive election debates.

As well as the Rebecca Long-Bailey story (mentioned above), Labour’s Richard Burgeon was reduced to silence by Adam Price when he was asked why Labour hadn’t introduced policies they were pursuing in 2019, like free social care, in Wales where they were in government – a performance Davies described as “an embarrassment”.

National Survey to be changed to properly record nationality

The Welsh Government’s National Survey will be changed to enable people from minority ethnic backgrounds to describe their nationality as “Welsh” following complaints from a number of prominent Welsh BME personalities relating to the 2021 Census in EnglandandWales.

Singer-songwriter Kizzy Crawford told BBC Wales’s Newyddion 9: “I haven’t seen anything that represents me. I’ve always put down mixed or mixed British but that’s not accurate. I consider myself to be Welsh. I’ve always felt that people don’t accept me as a Welsh woman because of the colour of my skin. Things like this just confirm that.”

Finance Minister & Trefnydd, Rebecca Evans (Lab, Gower), said she would raise the matter with the Office for National Statistics regarding the census, whilst confirming that the Welsh Government’s own survey will be changed to address the issue.

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