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Transgender women are women, says Mark Drakeford

The first minister of Wales has said he believes "transgender women are women". Mark Drakeford was asked to define what a woman is during a session at the Senedd. Mr Drakeford was answering a question about the inclusion of trans athletes in sport, acknowledging it was an "argument that divides people".
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Mark Drakeford casts vote in local council elections

Mark Drakeford has cast his vote in the local council elections.Wales’s First Minister entered St Catherine’s Hall in King’s Road, Pontcanna, Cardiff, at 9am on Thursday.Pontcanna is an area within Mr Drakeford’s Cardiff West constituency.The Welsh Labour leader attended the polling station wearing a grey suit and red tie and greeted voters with a wave. His wife Clare wore a red top and jacket.All polling stations have now opened for the 2022 local elections, with council seats in Wales, Scotland, London and many parts of England up for grabs, and Northern Ireland electing its new Assembly.Millions of voters are expected to cast ballots to select the local representatives they want to run services in their area.In Wales all 22 councils are also holding elections.Polls close at 10pm, and most counts in the country will take place on Friday, with the first batch of results likely to be announced in the early evening. Read More Minister insists Johnson is ‘an asset, not a liability’ - latestA very simple guide to today’s local elections

Mark Drakeford questioned over action on minister's speeding

Questions have been raised over what action the first minister took after Health Minister Eluned Morgan was banned from driving for six months. Mark Drakeford has said he has dealt with the issue under the ministerial code and the matter was "closed". In a letter the Welsh Conservatives demanded details...

Lockdown party fines: Mark Drakeford calls for Johnson and Sunak to go

Wales' first minister has called for the prime minister and chancellor to go after the news the two senior Tories were fined for breaking lockdown rules. Boris Johnson apologised on Tuesday evening, but said he did not know he had broken the law at the time. Mr Sunak has also since apologised.

Ukraine refugee scheme needs more support, says Mark Drakeford

A UK scheme for people to host Ukrainian refugees in their homes may not offer the support that is needed, Wales' first minister has warned. The Homes for Ukraine scheme will offer households taking part £350 a month, tax-free, the UK government has said. But Mark Drakeford said he...

Betsi health board: Mark Drakeford says apology owed over patient deaths

The Welsh government owes an apology to the families of two Betsi Cadwaladr health board patients who deaths were detailed in highly critical reports, First Minister Mark Drakeford has said. The reports detailed failings in mental health services in north Wales. Mr Drakeford said the improvement in services there had...

Ukraine: Mark Drakeford attacks UK ministers' response

Wales' first minister has strongly criticised the UK government's handling of the Ukrainian refugee crisis. Mark Drakeford said the gap between what ministers say and the actions they delivered was "shamefully wide". The UK government is expected to introduce a new visa scheme on Monday. However, addressing the Welsh Labour...