September 20, 2016

What The Fox?

I was appalled to learn this week that the Tories intend to push ahead with a vote to repeal the ban on fox hunting. Hunting with dogs was banned by Labour in 2005 in reaction to the strength of public feeling against the cruelty of wild animals being chased, often to the point of exhaustion, before being purposely set upon …

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September 16, 2016

Transport Questions: Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles

On Thursday 15th September I asked the Transport Secretary if he believed that current legislation for taxis and private hire vehicles is adequate for the 21st Century given technological advancements in how we use private hire vehicle services. The main legal framework governing taxi services has not undergone any significant reform for nearly 200 years. Private hire services legislation is more recent, …

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September 16, 2016

Westminster Hall Debate – Prison Safety

This month in my role as Shadow Prisons Minister I gave the Labour Party’s response at a Westminster Hall Debate on Prison Safety. The debate was secured by Chair of the Justice Select Committee and MP for Bromley and Chislehurst Bob Neil, and focused on the Justice Select Committee’s report into prison safety which was published in May 2016 and …

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September 15, 2016

Jo Becomes a Patron of CÂN Cymru

This week I was delighted to accept an invitation to become a patron of CÂN Cymru. Founded in 2016 by Luke Fletcher, a student at Cardiff University, CÂN Cymru are a new organisation seeking to improve the quality of life of those suffering from Alzheimer’s through reminiscent therapy. Currently their flagship initiative is the use of music as a means for reminiscent therapy. …

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September 14, 2016

WASPI National Day of Action – Cardiff September 16th

Women from Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) are organising a march to deliver a letter on the issue to Alun Cairns MP, Secretary of State for Wales, at the Wales Office, 1 Caspian Point, Caspian Way, Cardiff CF10 4DQ. Women will be meeting at 12 noon on Friday 16th September outside the front of the Senedd (the National Assembly …

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September 14, 2016

New Plans for Former Gower Pub Site

Bacchus Partners Ltd, the developers of the site of the former Gower Pub have produced their new plans. Following objections from your Cathays Labour Councillors, Jenny Rathbone AM and many local residents, the previous proposals for 24 apartments on this site were refused. Following a recent design consultation with local residents and stakeholders, the new plans are for 10 red …

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September 12, 2016

Macmillan Coffee Morning at Rhydypennau Library

I am pleased to be hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning at Rhydypennau Library on September 30th. The coffee morning will be running from 9am to 11am and there will be a selection of drinks and cakes for sale to help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Care. This is the perfect chance to catch up over a cuppa and a slice of cake …

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September 9, 2016

Justice Questions: Prison Officer Recruitment and Pre-Sentence Reports for the Courts

Today in Justice Questions I asked the Justice Secretary what she is doing to improve the numbers of prison officers recruited in our public prisons, and called on the Justice Secretary to hold an urgent review quality of pre-sentence reports for the courts following the Government’s privatisation of the probation sector. The number of frontline officers working in public-sector prisons …

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September 2, 2016

Important Information – Redevelopment of the Powerhouse

Work on the exciting redevelopment of the Powerhouse to create the new Llanedeyrn Hub is starting the week commencing September 12th. This means there will be a number of changes for current services and activities in the Powerhouse. From mid-October, public access to the Powerhouse will be moved to the side entrance to the main hall, away from construction works …

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