FIGURES released today by the Labour party reveal that Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire could miss out on 150 shipbuilding and maintenance jobs if the UK Conservative Government does not join Labour’s call to Build It In Britain.
On Wednesday (Jul 11) Labour will call for a motion in the House of Commons, demanding that a £1bn Royal Navy supply ship be built in UK shipyards.
It is believed this will be narrowly defeated, as the Conservatives have continued to offer the contract for building Royal Navy Fleet ‘Solid Support’ to international bidders.
Marc Tierney, Labour candidate for Carmarthen West & South Pembrokeshire, said: “Simon Hart has the chance on Wednesday to support Labour’s plan for creating skilled and secure jobs in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire.
“But if he puts party politics before this area’s interests, it’s the people he’s supposed to represent who’ll lose out. There’s no good reason not to be doing this. It’s normal in other countries to use government contracts to support industry, defend workers’ rights, ensure gender equality and protect the environment.
“The Ministry of Defence could use the freedom it has under EU law to make sure this Royal Navy contract goes to a UK shipyard.
“That could create or secure up to 6,500 jobs around the UK, including 1,805 shipyard jobs, which are highly skilled and 45 per cent better paid than the average for all jobs. And it could safeguard for the future the 150 shipbuilding and maintenance jobs in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire.
“On Wednesday the Tories will be doing what they always do – fighting for the interests of rich corporations. Labour MPs will be voting to Build It In Britain.”
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THE HERO of London Bridge who was stabbed nine times as he fought off three terrorists armed with just a police baton has called on Carmarthen people to nominate an unsung hero of their own.
And British Transport Police Officer Wayne Marques said bravery and courage should be recognised because it is inspiring and encouraging to others.
He said: “Every tragedy has a silver lining and it is up to us to make sure that silver shines.”
Wayne, 39, who won the Against All Odds category in last year’s global hearing specialists Amplifon’s Brave Britons awards, was on patrol in the area of London Bridge Station when he heard screams on the evening of June 3 last year and then he saw people being stabbed in Borough High Street near the junction with London Bridge Street.
He charged at one of the terrorists lashing out with his baton. But soon he was being attacked by all three terrorists one stabbing him above his right eye which cause him to go temporarily blind in the eye.
More than 12 months on and Wayne still travels from his South London home to Harrogate, Yorkshire, where he receives rehabilitation treatment.
Seven people died in the attack and many more were badly injured.
Now Wayne is calling on people who know of acts of courage or bravery to nominate them for this year’s Amplifon – who have a store in Merlins Walk Shopping Centre, Carmarthen – Brave Briton awards.
He said: “I first felt surprised and then humble when I was nominated by a person I didn’t even know. The fact they had taken their time to fill in a form and nominate me made me feel very honoured. It would have been wrong for me to respond in any other way.”
Wayne added: “We need more people honoured in the way I was because there are a lot of people out there who go beyond what is expected of them for the sake of others.
“Even uniformed services personnel who do a job where they are expected to sometimes face danger go beyond that expectation and react to the highest magnitude.
“To nominate others and put them in the limelight is so inspiring and encouraging to others in their communities and around the country.
“Through adversity we as a nation tend to pull together. How we rally together makes this country great.”
There are six categories in the Amplifon Brave Britons awards: Against All Odds, Young Hero, Service To Their Country, Active Agers, Hero Pet, and Charity Champion.
Anyone who wishes to nominate a hero in any of the categories should visit http://www.amplifon.com
Finalists will be invited to an awards ceremony to be held at the Army and Navy Club, Pall Mall, London, on Tuesday, October 16.
A panel of judges including Falklands hero Simon Weston will also choose an overall Hero from the category winners who will win a trip to Italy.
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