July 27, 2016

‘Ask Cardiff’ Residents Survey: Now Open

The City of Cardiff Council are now inviting residents to take part in its annual ‘Ask Cardiff Survey’ for 2016.  More people than ever took part in the 2015 survey with views and opinions shared from over 4.5K local citizens.  This year they hope to repeat that success and find out what local people think about a variety of public …

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July 27, 2016

Only Owen Smith Can Put Labour Values into Practice by Winning in 2020

If you’re a Labour voter or potential Labour voter, what do you look for in the leader of the Labour Party? You look for core Labour principles and values. The ability to inspire and motivate. Authenticity, honesty, passion and energy. Charisma and strong communication. Someone who can unite rather than divide. Someone who can deliver as well as debate. And …

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July 25, 2016

Attorney General Questions – July

Since the EU referendum result there has been a resounding silence from the Government on whether they will keep the workplace and employment protections that EU law has developed and underpinned in the UK for many years. Our right not to be discriminated against on grounds of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religious belief and age is there because of …

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July 19, 2016

Higher Education Bill Debate

As my constituency includes three universities – Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University and the University of South Wales – I am very passionate about holding the government to account and securing a good future for research and learning in higher education. This afternoon and evening Parliament debated the government’s Higher Education and Research Bill. The Bill, according to the Government, is …

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July 13, 2016

My Question for David Cameron’s Last PMQs

Today was David Cameron’s last Prime Minister’s Questions session as Prime Minister. Next week the new Prime Minister Theresa May will take over. I was drawn out of the hat to ask a question today, but as I was tenth on the list time run out before I could be called to ask my question. This is what I would …

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July 12, 2016

Cardiff Book Festival Launch

Cardiff is a thriving cultural city but it’s never had its own literature festival. That’s why a group of writers have decided to create the Cardiff Book Festival. The festival was launched this morning in Cardiff Central, and its first edition will take place this October across Cardiff. Several high-profile authors have already confirmed they will be taking part, including …

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July 7, 2016

Channel 4’s 4Talent Apprenticeship Programme

Applications for Channel 4’s ‘4 Talent’ apprenticeship programme open tonight at 7pm. With an apprenticeship, Channel 4 invite you to work in one of their departments for 12 months. You will learn how everything works, what everyone does, and how it all fits into the bigger picture of Channel 4. Alongside your job role you work towards an NVQ Level …

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July 6, 2016

Windsor Road Bridge Reopened

On Saturday 2nd July, Windsor Road Bridge, connecting Adamsdown with Splott, reopened. The bridge had been demolished by Network Rail and has now been replaced with a new one to cope with electrification of the mainline between London and Swansea. Due to extreme weather conditions, including high winds, and other unexpected circumstances, the opening of the bridge was delayed.   …

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July 4, 2016

Six-month Stats Show Opt-Out Organ Donation Works

Earlier this year I asked Prime Minister David Cameron if he would bring opt-out organ donation to England. He said he’d consider it, and wrote to me to confirm, but said there was not sufficient evidence that the policy is effective. The opt-out (or ‘presumed consent’) system has been in place in Wales since December 2015 following a groundbreaking act …

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