Pembrokeshire MP takes on role at NATO summit

LEADER: Newport Councillor Bob Bright with Stephen Crabb MP and First Minister Carwyn Jones, welcoming world leaders. (10039861)

LEADER: Newport Councillor Bob Bright with Stephen Crabb MP and First Minister Carwyn Jones, welcoming world leaders. (10039861)

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WITH world leaders gathered in Newport this week for the NATO summit Pembrokeshire’s own MP Stephen Crabb has been taking on his role as Secretary of State for Wales with gusto.

Mr Crabb was on hand to welcome American President Barack Obama – the first time a serving US President has visited Wales – as well as other leaders such as Angela Merkel, and UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

Mr Crabb and the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, also joined the Prince of Wales at a summit reception at the Celtic Manor, Newport, where heads of state mingled with local community leaders, military and business leaders and community award winners.

In his opening speech, Mr Cameron welcomed leaders to Newport during a "solemn moment for our alliance".

He said: "As Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, I am incredibly proud to have this opportunity to showcase all that Wales has to offer.

"The stunning countryside here behind us. The brilliance of Welsh industry and, above all, the warm welcome of the Welsh people.

"The pictures around you are of the Brecon Beacons – which are not only beautiful, but explain why the British military are so tough and professional. They train here on a regular basis.

"This is also the right place to discuss defence. Wales has more castles, medieval castles, per head than anywhere else in the world. More than 640 of them. I hope you get to visit them while you are in Wales.

"Nato is the anchor of our security, and over the next two days we must reinvigorate and refocus this Alliance to tackle new threats and to ensure it continues to foster stability around the world."

The First Minister said: “The US President’s visit to Wales to attend the Nato summit in Newport is an historic occasion as it marks the first time that a serving US President has made an official visit to Wales.”

Our sister newspaper the South Wales Argus, based in Newport, is covering the summit as it happens. For coverage go to: www.southwalesargus.co.uk

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3:56pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Harrygrayballs says...

Well done Stephen,perhaps when the summit is over
you will have some time to consider your
own failing County Council.
Well done Stephen,perhaps when the summit is over you will have some time to consider your own failing County Council. Harrygrayballs
  • Score: 14

2:12am Sat 6 Sep 14

Flashbang says...

I can't see him wanting to bother about the little people now that he has tasted the fringes of power. I bet BPJ is miffed that he wasn't invited so they could listen to his pearls of wisdom about how things should run. Any sightings of his lordship recently?
I can't see him wanting to bother about the little people now that he has tasted the fringes of power. I bet BPJ is miffed that he wasn't invited so they could listen to his pearls of wisdom about how things should run. Any sightings of his lordship recently? Flashbang
  • Score: 1

12:58pm Sat 6 Sep 14

Welshman23 says...

Make the most of your life just remember none of the people you saw in the last few days live and have a vote in Pembrokeshire.
Just remember you have washed your hands in the people who voted for you.
You have done nothing to sort out the local authority, and it begs the question why.
If any body is watching this blog Booooooo
Make the most of your life just remember none of the people you saw in the last few days live and have a vote in Pembrokeshire. Just remember you have washed your hands in the people who voted for you. You have done nothing to sort out the local authority, and it begs the question why. If any body is watching this blog Booooooo Welshman23
  • Score: 5

11:33am Sun 7 Sep 14

chizy says...

Can't wait for the WT exclusive interview with the honourable gentleman about his Celtic Manor NATO hob knobbing.
Hang on, I think I may just be able to...........
Can't wait for the WT exclusive interview with the honourable gentleman about his Celtic Manor NATO hob knobbing. Hang on, I think I may just be able to........... chizy
  • Score: 4

3:21pm Mon 8 Sep 14

Bead says...

Mr Crabb has been an excellent MP for Pembrokeshire. We ought to be proud that he's doing so well instead of coming up with all the cynical comments.
Mr Crabb has been an excellent MP for Pembrokeshire. We ought to be proud that he's doing so well instead of coming up with all the cynical comments. Bead
  • Score: -1

4:02pm Mon 8 Sep 14

Harrygrayballs says...

@Bead.
Have you ever heard of "Nero"?
Are you happy with the way our council is being run by the IPPG
or is it Conservative cabal?
@Bead. Have you ever heard of "Nero"? Are you happy with the way our council is being run by the IPPG or is it Conservative cabal? Harrygrayballs
  • Score: 1

10:10pm Mon 8 Sep 14

Bead says...

Harry, I'm happy with the way Stephen Crabb works as our MP. End of.
Harry, I'm happy with the way Stephen Crabb works as our MP. End of. Bead
  • Score: -2
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