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County Councillor can’t bring himself to vote at the general election

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Paul Dowson at the 2017 election count: At Sir Thomas Picton School (pic: The Herald)

A NEWLY elected member of Pembrokeshire County Council has taken to social media to say that he will not be voting at the general election.

County Councillor Paul Dowson, who scraped into a seat in Pembroke Dock Central ward by just a few votes, and who says that he is a firm believer that every vote counts, has admitted that he cannot be comfortable with voting for any party on June 8.

In the Facebook rant on the Pembrokeshire Council Watch group, he said today (May 16): “I am a big advocate for not wasting a vote, especially since winning my own campaign by just four votes.

“Having said this I will technically be wasting my vote in the general election. There isn’t one party I would be comfortable voting for.

“Tories are exactly as majority of people say and could someone like me ever associate myself with that brand of politics. Elitist toffs with no sense of what the real world is about. Crap leader and no one with an ounce of leadership essentials waiting in the wings

“Labour have gone from being a down to earth hard working persons party. To a bunch of molly coddled PC obsessed gang of spineless liberal hippies.

“Corbyn makes me want to shake him and give him the back of my hand. Has about 10% of the required elements to justify his existence as a Man! The other 90% are definitely girl or hippy derived.

“I think Mr Tierney is a good candidate but would not vote for him because of the labour party lacking courage. Sorry Marc.

“Liberal Democrats …yeah right.

“UKIP. .. Brilliant principles right ideas tick most of my boxes..

“Farage though not a hope wrong leader unvotable.

“The remainder of the parties… What benefits would there be for voting for a party with no hope?”

Cllr Dowson concluded: “I guess in my situation I have to waste my vote.”

The candidates for the Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire ward are Alistair Cameron, Welsh Liberal Democracts, Phil Edwards, UKIP Wales, Simon Hart, Welsh Conservative Party, Abi Thomas, Plaid Cymru The Party of Wales, Mac Tierney, Welsh Labour.

Speaking to The Herald, Cllr Downson said: “I am not a politician and I do not want to be a politician. I believe strongly in using your vote so I’d rather vote for a party I can trust than one I can’t trust.
“I couldn’t not use my vote but it will be for one of the political parties I personally have no faith in. I voted for Blair’s Labour, I voted for Thatcher even though I didn’t agree with all they stood for, but at the time they had good points. I disagree with a lot of the main parties’ attitudes and policies… granted all sides have points I believe in.
“I’m a councillor whose job it is to serve my people, not my people and my party. I am independent for that very reason – it shouldn’t matter which political party I support or don’t support, I’m not splitting my loyalties at this close to the people level.
“I support and serve the people of my ward regardless of my views on Corbyn or Farage or May (is she James May’s sister?). There are those who have started trolling me because of this but this is why I avoid politics – best leave that to the politicians. I make no apology for what I think about party leaders, it’s better to quote the truth than to quote a party statement.
“I have no idea why there are a handful of people who can’t accept that my loyalties are with my community and that I have my own opinions on political parties… I value my right to vote that should be the issue here not who I will vote for.”
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Llanteg: Car crash causes large tailbacks

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A CRASH on the A477 in Llanteg has caused large traffic tailbacks this afternoon (Sept 25).

Emergency services, including Dyfed-Powys Police and Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene.

Rush hour traffic is starting to slow in both directions.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible.

There are currently no reports of serious injuries.

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TV voices lead massed choirs at St David’s Cathedral

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THE HEAVENLY voices of Llanelli’s Angelicus Celtis, ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent Semi-Finalists, will be leading an army of voices performing at St. David’s Cathedral next month (Oct 7).

Angelicus Celtis from the ranks of the international broadcast and performance voices of Wales’ Hywel Girls’ Choir & Hywel Boy Singers will unite with the Hywel Choirs, Llanelli Choral Society and Haverfordwest Male Choir (musical director Richard Stephens) for an momentous massed voice performance of ‘A Journey of World Music’ on Saturday, October 7, at St. David’s Cathedral.

The evening will also star acclaimed organist Huw Tregelles Williams OBE, pianist Jane Jewell, orchestral percussionist Gareth Hamlin – all under the baton of legendary conductor John Hywel Williams MBE.

The artists and stunning performance return to the cathedral by popular demand after last year’s sell-out performance in October 2016.

This year’s performance highlights will include magical moments from opera, classical, sacred, cinema, musicals and international music.  Exciting highlight will include Habanera, Benedictus, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Nimrod, a poignant tribute to veterans and the centenary of WW1, Holy City,  a world premiere of a choral arrangement of Karl Jenkins’ Palladio Allegretto by John Hywel & Jeremy Hywel and Angelicus Celtis’ acclaimed rendition of Nessun Dorma as seen by millions of TV viewers around the world… to name but a few.

Angelicus Celtis who have enjoyed a whirlwind year of television and radio broadcasts, were recently featured on BBC’s Songs of Praise filmed from Pembrokeshire where they gave a moving rendition of Be Still My Soul from the beautiful surroundings of Manorbier Castle.

Tickets for A Journey of World Music (£15, £20) can be obtained via www.ticketsource.co.uk/hywelchoir, by telephone 07795 236807, at St. David’s Bookshop or at the door.

Doors open 6.45pm. Performance commences 7.30pm.

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Parent networking groups to be held this autumn

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PARENT network groups for people whose children need extra help and support are being held this autumn in various locations around Pembrokeshire.

The groups are an ideal opportunity for parents and carers to chat to other people in their local area who might have similar issues facing children with additional learning needs, and share experiences over a cup of coffee.

The parent network groups are led by local parents and organised by Pembrokeshire County Council. They are facilitated by an Inclusion Support Officer from the Council who will be on hand to give further advice and information if needed.

There are eight different groups, which are meeting in Narberth, Crymych, St Davids, Tenby, Haverfordwest, Milford Haven, Fishguard, and Pembroke.

The sessions are being held as follows:

Fishguard, Town Hall

8th November

13th December

 

12-1pm

6-7pm

  Narberth, Bloomfield House

25th September

6th November

18th December

 

6-7pm

10-11am

Pembroke, Foundry House

19th October

30th November

 

6-7pm

10-11am

St Davids, City Hall

24th October

12th December

 

6-7pm

12-1pm

Haverfordwest, Archives Centre

9th October

20th November

 

 

10-11am

6-7pm

Tenby, Community Learning centre

26th October

7th December

 

 

6-7pm

6-7pm

Preseli, Community Learning Centre

19th October

7th December

 

 

12-1pm

6-7pm

Milford Haven, Hubberston Community Learning Centre

23rd October

4th December

 

 

6-7pm

10-11am

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