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Today the Liberal Democrats announced their new leader: Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron (45). He gained the position with 56.5% of the votes, defeating his opposition, Norman Lamb. 56% of members took part in the vote, with Farron winning 19,137 of 33,987 votes. The Lib Dems had a disastrous outcome from the 2015 General Election, with only eight MPs left in office. Farron’s role as leader is now to regain the ground the party has lost. The new leader has already ordered his staff to liaise with charities in their constituencies and moved Liberal Democrat HQ out of parliament…

Welsh government plans to introduce regional boards which will have members of the public sitting on them have been released. Patients could have more say over the running of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board under Welsh Government’s proposals to strengthen the NHS. Six regional health boards would be set up across Wales forcing local councils and health boards to work more closely together and sharing funds for certain services, including social care. Flintshire, Wrexham, Anglesey, Gwynedd, Denbighshire and Conwy councils would work together with representatives from Betsi with a member of the public elected to sit on the panel. The…

A man with a history of travel to West Africa was rushed to the Royal Liverpool Hospital after fears he had contracted Ebola. He became unwell on Friday 3rd of July. Today a Public Health England spokeswoman has confirmed the man, who is not thought to be from North Wales, has tested negative for the virus. Dr Deborah Turbitt, Public Health England’s Ebola national incident director, said: “Between August last year and early June, 240 individuals with relevant symptoms and a travel history were tested for Ebola in the UK. “The risk of Ebola to the general public in the…

North Wales police have identified the two men who drowned in Llanberis Falls as Steffan Vernon, 33 from Caenarfon and Alexander Hadley, 21 from Dinorwig. Emergency services, including an RAF helicopter, were called at 8:30am yesterday to the 80th waterfall of the River Arddu, where four men had “got into difficulty”. North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Welsh Ambulance Service, Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team, and the Police Water Rescue Service were present. Hadley’s body was pulled from the lake upon arrival. Vernon’s body was recovered some time later. The two surviving men, unidentified and aged 27 and 25, were taken…

It has been an extraordinary 24 hours. Nobody could quite believe that exit poll when it emerged, not least Paddy Ashdown, who promised to eat his hat if the poll was right. Against all expectations the Conservatives were thought to be the largest party yet shy of a majority. Would they renew their vows with the Liberal Democrats to get over that magic mark of 226? Or would Tory backbenchers prefer to partner with the DUP and UKIP? Over the course of the night one big name after another dropped like crestfallen flies. Simon Hughes. Jim Murphy. Vince Cable. Ed…

Hywel Williams, pictured at Bangor train station above, is a member of parliament for the Welsh national party Plaid Cymru and represents the Arfon constituency, which includes Bangor and the surrounding area. At two minutes to nine, on a surprisingly dry morning, I entered Plaid’s office on Bangor High Street. The office (obviously adapted old housing) seemed small. I was instructed to wait for Hywel on a row of chairs, which gave a sense not unlike being in a GPs consultancy ward. My thoughts of this comparison, however, were cut off as Hywel came in through the front door and…

The Pontio Arts and Innovations Centre building project recently took another hit when S4C’s Y Byd ar Bedwar’s  revealed  Bangor University executive director of Development, Sheila O’Neal’s, spending spree, which was involved with the project. Between October 2013 and December 2014, O’Neal spent: £1,320 on taxis £14,677 on hotels £19,077 on flights £5,428 on food and drink A university spokesperson stated: “Expenses connected to this job are higher than other roles within the university however; this is because it is pursuing an ambitious fundraising programme.” The spokesperson also pointed out the £2.2m in funding that has been raised since O’Neal…

By Emma Åsberg On Thursday October 31, students in UK universities waited in vain for their lecturers, as they protested against low pay offers in the largest strike for years. University staff were offered a pay increase of just 1% which means that the real-time cuts have been 13% since 2008, what Will Hutton of The Guardian calls “one of the largest sustained wage cuts any profession has seen since the Second World War”. Geoff Edkins, regional organiser for Unison said over 200 people employed by Bangor University are earning below living wage, struggling with raised gas,…

Bletchley: Home of the Code Breakers. Britain: Home of the Moral Code Breakers? Why I believe it’s right to celebrate Alan Turing’s Achievements on Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth. Last month, I stumbled upon a disused Daily Mail on a train to Euston, and what I found inside should be entitled ‘The Daily Hate Mail’. It was a cruel article entitled ‘Why I believe it’s wrong to pardon Bletchley Park code breaker Alan Turing for breaking the anti-gay laws of his time’ (sic!). Was this journalist even aware that without the efforts of timid, homosexual mathematician Alan Turing at Bletchley Park,…

Further snowfalls up to three inches are expected  across the UK on Sunday and Monday. According to the Met Office the snow and icy temperatures will continue to affect the UK, with a band of more snow spreading north across parts of south-east and east England and the Midlands. A yellow warning has now been issued, urging drivers to be extra cautious. The snow is expected to be worst in the West Midlands and the east. Wales has been heavily affected by the snow, with many roads and hundreds of schools closed down. The Met Office recommended that people only…

With the closure of the UK’s largest care provider for the elderly last year, proposals have been proposed for greater oversight of the providers’ finances. With the collapse of Southern Cross Healthcare 750 care homes were also closed, leaving tens of thousands of elderly without a care home. The new proposals have been suggested in order to prevent such incidents occurring again. The proposals have been are being seen as a step in the right direction as Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, described the proposals as being long overdue, a view…

A student convicted of hacking the computer system of his high school has received a 12-month community order. Southampton University student Matthew Higgins, 20, formerly a pupil at the school Eirias High in Colwyn Bay, was charged with gaining unauthorized access to the school’s system in March 2011, and attempting to do so again two months later. Higgins has also been sentenced to 120 hours of unpaid work. Higgins gained access by posing as the parent of a female pupil, requesting the password for the parental portal from the teacher in charge of the computer system. After he was provided…

Starbucks has been in talks with HM Revenue and Customs this week regarding the amount of tax it has paid over the last fifteen years. Having recorded sales of £398 million in 2011, it paid no corporation tax, saying it didn’t make a profit, and hasn’t done for fourteen of the fifteen years it has operated in the UK. The company move 4.7% of sales to a sister company in the Netherlands and buys its coffee beans from Switzerland, both of which operate a different taxation system, taking considerably less tax from the company. However, Starbucks isn’t the only company…

Police in Birmingham have unveiled and ceased plans to commit acts of terrorism which were believed to be of a greater scale than that of the 7/7 bombings. Three men of the Birmingham area, Irfan Khalid, and Ashik Ali, both aged 27,  and Ifan Naseer, 31, are currently facing trial under the belief that they conspired to commit the string of suicide bombings across the UK. Believed to have targeted eight individual places, the trio’s plan would have caused more damage than that of 7/7, and stuck a more profound chord with the populace of Britain. Police believe Ifan Naseer…

The Olympic Torch entered the streets of Bangor at 17:39 yesterday, to legions of cheers from students, and locals, who lined the footpaths. It’s arrival was part of a five day tour of Wales, which included travelling through major areas such as Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Bangor, and Anglesey, before being carried up Snowdon, and progressing into England today. It was carried into the city by sixty one year old Malcolm Jones from Tremadog, a keen mountain runner who has completed all 37 Snowdon Mountain International Races since they began in 1975. Many Bangor University staff and students also became torch bearers…

It has recently been announced that unemployment in the UK has fallen by 35,000 bringing the latest tally to 2.65 million people who remain unemployed in Britain. The Office of National Statistics (ONS) said that the decrease occurred between December 2011 and February 2012, and that the rate of unemployment is somewhat promising. Trade Union Officials have however expressed their concern with the latest announcement  and TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said:  “While any rise in the number of jobs is welcome, the fact is that full-time employment is still falling and a record 1.4 million are now stuck in…