January 31, 2017

Article 50 Debate: My Speech

This afternoon I spoke in the debate on the Government’s Article 50 bill, explaining why I will be voting against triggering Article 50 this week. You can read the text of my speech below, or watch it back on Parliament TV here.   Thank you Madam Deputy Speaker I believe that the votes I cast on this Bill will be the …

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January 27, 2017

Vote to Trigger Article 50

I have today made the decision to resign from the Shadow Cabinet, in order to vote against the Labour Party’s three-line whip to support the Government’s bill to trigger Article 50. Below is my resignation letter to Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party. If you would like to contact me about this, or any other issues, please send me an …

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January 25, 2017

Confirmed: Advice Surgeries in February

Dates for my advice surgeries around Cardiff Central in February have been confirmed. You can see these dates below, or by clicking here. These surgeries are an opportunity for constituents to drop in and raise any issues with me, no appointment is needed. In addition to the surgery dates below, every Wednesday there will be an Immigration Clinic at my Constituency …

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January 25, 2017

Welsh Questions: Government Still Has No Answers

In today’s Welsh questions I took the opportunity once again to press the UK Government on their lack of support for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon. The energy-generating lagoon would be an initial project which, if successful, could be replicated in other locations around the UK coastline including Cardiff and Newport. The clean, green energy generated by the lagoons would …

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January 24, 2017

Welsh Government Consultation: Fixed Penalty Notices for Small Scale Fly-Tipping

The Welsh Government are seeking your views on the introduction of regulations to allow enforcing authorities to issue fixed penalty notices for small scale fly-tipping offences. The proposals include: to allow authorised officers to issue fixed penalty notices for small scale fly-tipping to enable local authorities to set the fixed penalty amount (between £150 and £400) for local authorities to …

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January 16, 2017

‘Make the Air Fair’ Mobile Coverage Campaign

‘Make the Air Fair’ Campaign Response I have been contacted by many concerned constituents recently regarding Ofcom’s consultation on the release of the 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz bands of the mobile spectrum. I am aware that several organisations, including ‘Make the Air Fair’ are calling for a cap of 30% spectrum ownership for any one network operator. Access to high-quality mobile …

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January 16, 2017

Cardiff Council: Integrated Network Map Consultation

Public consultation has now started on the City of Cardiff Council’s 15-year vision to improve cycling and walking routes across the city, with an Integrated Network Map for walking and cycling. This will meet the requirements of the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 to plan for the provision of routes and improvements for active travel. This consultation closes on Tuesday …

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January 13, 2017

Maelfa Redevelopment Launch Event: January 24th

Cardiff Community Housing Association (CCHA) have organised a launch event to celebrate the commencement of redevelopment work on the Maelfa Centre in Llanedeyrn. This event will be held on Tuesday 24th January, from 3pm-7pm in the main site office in the shopping centre (formerly the old Llanedeyrn Library). The event will consist of the following: Site tours Refreshments Kids activities  Work placement …

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January 13, 2017

Severn Bridge Tolls Consultation: Now Open

The UK Government has recently proposed halving tolls at the Severn crossings when the current concession comes to an end, whilst the Welsh Labour Government is currently lobbying for tolls to be scrapped altogether. This consultation seeks views on the proposed reductions, and the draft legislation that would implement the reductions. It also discusses other issues, including the possibility of …

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January 9, 2017

Centrica’s Big Energy Idea – Applications Welcome

Centrica are looking for applications from entrepreneurs in Cardiff Central for a business accelerator programme to help get their new initiatives off the ground. Wales’ brightest entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs have the chance to gain financial investment and support through The Ignite ‘Big Energy Idea’ Accelerator Programme – to turn their innovative energy idea into a reality.  The only criteria is that the idea must make a positive …

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