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News in brief: First Minister plays down fears of national lockdown

First Minister Mark Drakeford says the Welsh Government is not considering proposals for a national lockdown at present, despite the recent increase in coronavirus cases. Earlier on Friday The UK health secretary, Matt Hancock, refused to rule out imposing nationwide restrictions across England to try to slow a surge in […]

‘There is a vacancy at the heart of the United Kingdom’ – FM slams lack of contact by Boris Johnson

The First Minister Mark Drakeford has said that the very little contact the Welsh Government had with the UK Government was “unacceptable”. Mark Drakeford said he had had one brief conversation with Prime Minister Boris Johnson since May 28. He said that he was receiving “inconsistent” messages on whether there […]

BBC presenter apologises for ‘mangling’ Welsh place names

A BBC presenter has apologised after “mangling” Welsh place-names when discussing the new coronavirus lockdowns. Nick Robinson, the current presenter of the Today programme on Radio 4, was discussing the lockdown in Rhondda Cynon Taf. “I’m going to have nightmares about this.,” he said on Twitter in response to criticism. […]