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King to give up property in Wales amid questions about future of his numerous homes | UK News

The King is giving up his home on the edge of the Brecon Beacons.

He bought Llwynywermod, a farmhouse near Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, for £1.2m in 2007 via the Duchy of Cornwall.

When he was Prince of Wales, he used it as a base for his regular visits to the nation – but now the title has been passed to his son Prince William, he will no longer spend much time there.

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A view of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall's private residence inside their property in Llwynywermod, near Llandovery, taken from the courtyard
A view of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall's private residence inside their property in Llwynywermod, near Llandovery, taken from the courtyard.

The Telegraph quoted royal sources as saying the King remained “passionate” about Wales, but would give up the property because it was “unlikely” he would be able to use it in the same way he had previously.

The old house and the disintegrating concrete and corrugated iron farm buildings were restored by Welsh craftsmen using traditional methods and local materials.

Charles planted climbers including Albertine roses, jasmine and honeysuckle up the walls, and six of the English field maples which formed the avenue of trees at William and Kate’s 2011 wedding were rehomed at the Welsh retreat.

Future of King’s properties uncertain

The Telegraph reported the King and his aides have been looking at the future of his numerous properties.

These include Highgrove, Birkhall, Clarence House, Sandringham and Balmoral, plus official residences such as Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.

It is possible the public may be given more access to some of the properties, so the buildings can pay their way.

Llwynywermod sits on a 192-acre estate and the King has been paying rent on it since the Duchy of Cornwall was passed to Prince William, along with its £23m-a-year income.

The lease expires this summer, but the King reportedly told the Duchy earlier this year he would be giving it up.

A spokesman for the Prince of Wales told The Telegraph he has no plans to establish a home in Wales, preferring to stay in hotels to help the local economy.

Keir Starmer promises to ‘give Britain its future back’ as he sets out five missions for government | Politics News

Sir Keir Starmer has promised to “give Britain its future back” with a “mission-driven government” as he set out his priorities if he wins power at the next election.

The Labour leader set out five goals which will be at the core of his manifesto.

They are:

  • Secure the highest sustained growth in the G7
  • Build an NHS fit for the future
  • Make Britain’s streets safe
  • Break down the barriers to opportunity at every stage
  • Make Britain a clean energy superpower

In a keynote speech in Manchester, Sir Keir said: “These missions will form the backbone of the Labour manifesto. The pillars of the next Labour government.

“They will be measurable, so we can track progress and be held to account. Long-term so we can look beyond the day-to-day. Informed by experts and the public, so we can build a coalition for change. And each will support our drive for growth. Each will help us get our future back.”

Sir Keir said he is already speaking to experts and business leaders about how he can achieve his goals.

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On the economy, he said growth will be “powered by good jobs and stronger productivity in every part of the country”.

On making the UK a clean energy super power, he said the first steps will be to insulate 19 million homes, train people in green jobs and create Great British Energy – a new, publicly owned company that will generate renewable sources.

Sir Keir said he is “not concerned about whether investment or expertise comes from the public or private sector – I just want to get the job done”.

This stands in contrast to his position in 2019, when the Labour party pledged to nationalise energy, rail, mail and water.

Sir Keir has since promised to take a “pragmatic” approach to nationalisation and told the audience in Manchester “if the aspiration is merely to replace the public sector while extracting a rent to privatise the profits, that takes us nowhere”.

Asked by Sky’s political editor Beth Rigby how he can be trusted when he has junked many of the policies he won the Labour leadership on, Sir Keir insisted his missions had been “hard thought through” and “reflect the challenges the country faces”.

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Sky News’ Beth Rigby has asked Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer if his lack of detailed policy proposals will turn off voters.

Answering further questions from media, he denied there was no money to fund his plan, saying all his missions will be “fully costed”.

But he added: “Reform is as important as the money we put in.”

‘Sticking plaster politics’

Sir Keir is expected to set out further detail on his policies in the coming weeks.

It comes as the party continues to ride-high in UK nationwide polls, while Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s approval rating slumps.

During his speech, the Labour leader repeatedly hit out at the Conservatives for “13 years of sticking plaster politics” which he blamed for many of the country’s problems.

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Listing some of those he said: “The only country in the G7 still poorer than it was before the pandemic. The worst decade for growth in two centuries. Seven million are on waiting lists and rising. You don’t see this everywhere.”

He said his missions are “a case for change, a new government and a new way of governing”.

He added: “Britain needs both and with Labour Britain will get both. That’s what today is about, a Britain that gets its future back.”

Nurses give government five days to open pay negotiations, or they’ll strike in December | UK News

Nurses have given the government five days to open “detailed negotiations” on pay, or they will announce strike dates for December.

It comes as the chancellor pledged an extra £2.3bn for the next two years for the NHS, as the health service grapples with inflationary pressures.

NHS England had forecast a £7bn shortfall in its funding next year which it cannot plug with efficiency measures alone.

However, health bosses are understood to agree the new funding is adequate against a backdrop where economists hope October’s inflation figure was the peak.

Last week, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) announced its members at the majority of NHS employers across the UK had voted to take strike action.

A health system in crisis

In a letter to the health secretary following Thursday’s autumn statement, RCN general secretary and chief executive Pat Cullen said recent meetings with Steve Barclay, while cordial in tone, had not resolved the issues at the heart of strike action.

“I must not let my members, nor the public confuse these meetings for serious discussions on the issues of NHS pay and patient safety,” she said in the letter.

“There is only value in meeting if you wish to discuss – in formal, detailed negotiations – the issues that have caused our members to vote for strike action.”

She added: “You have again asked to meet in the coming days and for this third occasion I must be clearer in my expectation.”

With record demand and waiting times, as well as a growing backlog ahead of what looks set to be a busy winter, the UK’s health and care system are facing a crisis.

Pat Cullen leaving a meeting with the health secretary earlier this month
Pat Cullen leaving a meeting with the health secretary earlier this month

There are nursing staff shortages across the UK – made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic and cost of living crisis – with 60,000 unfilled nursing roles.

Data from the London School of Economics found the salaries of experienced nurses have declined by 20% in real terms over the last 10 years across most of the UK. This means nurses are effectively working one day a week for free.

The RCN is calling for a pay rise of 5% above inflation to combat this.

Strikes across the NHS

The RCN is not the only organisation threatening strike action within the NHS.

NHS workers in roles such as blood and transplant services were among nearly 10,000 people being balloted over action that could see them walk off the job as soon as January.

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Unite union, which represents 100,000 NHS workers, said voting papers are going out across 36 NHS trusts and organisations in England and Wales.

Olivia Pratt-Korbel: Police call on criminals to ‘examine their consciences’ and give up gunman who killed nine-year-old | UK News

Criminals in Liverpool have been urged to give up the gunman who killed a nine-year-old girl as he chased his intended target into her home.

Olivia Pratt-Korbel died on Monday night when a 35-year-old man, unknown to the family, ran into her terraced house in Kingsheath Avenue, Dovecot, as he tried to get away from a gunman.

Her mother Cheryl Korbel, 46, was shot in the wrist as she tried to close the door on the gunman while Olivia stood behind her.

Chief Constable Serena Kennedy said: “I want to take the opportunity to appeal to members of the criminal fraternity and ask them to examine their consciences as they will have vital information that can help us.

“The killing of a nine-year-old child is an absolute tragedy and crosses every single boundary, and I would urge them to do the right thing so we can put this person behind bars.”

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She added: “I know that the murder of Olivia has rocked our communities, who are quite rightly upset and outraged that such an abhorrent crime has occurred here on the streets of Merseyside.

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“The people of Liverpool and Merseyside are known for their compassion and pulling together in times of crisis, and I know that our communities, people are wanting to help the family in any way possible.

“This is not the time for anyone who knows who’s responsible for this shooting to remain tight-lipped.

“It is time for our communities to come together with us and make Merseyside a place where the use of guns on our streets is totally unacceptable, and those who use them are held to account.”

Tributes are left after the death of Olivia Pratt-Korbel
Tributes are left after the death of Olivia Pratt-Korbel

Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Kameen said Olivia had been at home with her two older siblings and mother when Ms Korbel opened the door after hearing gunshots fired outside.

He said a figure, wearing a black padded jacket, a black balaclava with a peak, dark trousers and black gloves, fired shots at two men walking along Kingsheath Avenue, causing them to run away.

One of the men ran towards the open door of Olivia’s home and forced his way in.

Mr Kameen said: “As that was taking place the person with the gun has followed the male to this property.

“That person has also tried to force entry to the property and has managed, it would appear, to put their hand through the open door as Cheryl continued to try and close it.

“A shot has been fired which we believe has hit Cheryl, injuring her and then fatally wounding Olivia. Olivia at that time, we believe, was stood directly behind Cheryl.”

Olivia was taken to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital by officers but later died.

The man who had entered the family home suffered gunshot wounds to his upper body and, as Olivia lay dying, was picked up and taken to hospital by friends driving a dark-coloured Audi.

That car has since been seized by police.

An aerial view of forensics officers at the scene in Kingsheath Avenue, Knotty Ash, Liverpool, where a nine-year-old girl has been fatally shot. Officers from Merseyside Police have started a murder investigation after attending a house at 10pm Monday following reports that an unknown male had fired a gun inside the property. Picture date: Tuesday August 23, 2022.
An aerial view of forensics officers at the scene in Kingsheath Avenue

Olivia went to St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Junior School in Huyton, where she was thought of as a kind-hearted, helpful and happy little girl, according to her headteacher Rebecca Wilkinson.

She said: “Olivia was a much-loved member of our school. She had a beautiful smile, a lovely sense of humour and a bubbly personality.

“She was kind-hearted and would go out of her way to help others.”

The killing happened exactly 15 years after 11-year-old Rhys Jones was fatally shot in Croxteth, Liverpool.