June 29, 2017

I Challenge the Solicitor General on Legal Aid and Health and Safety

Following the Grenfell Tower fire, I raised the issue of legal aid availability in Parliament with the Government’s Solicitor General. The Government has announced that it will appoint a Public Independent Advocate to support the victims and families of deceased victims after disasters. We don’t yet know whether the Advocate will simply be a referral point for advice, or whether …

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June 29, 2017

Bashir Naderi – Raising the Case in Parliament

This morning I raised the case of Bashir Naderi again in Parliament. Bashir came to the UK as a child refugee over 10 years ago and has made his life in Cardiff, attending school and college here. I first met Bashir when his family came to me for help in November 2016. The Home Office were attempting to forcibly remove …

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June 29, 2017

Information About High Rise Council Blocks from Cardiff Council

Following the recent tragic Grenfell Tower fire, there is understandably a lot of concern about other high rise flats around the country. Cardiff Council has put together the most up to date information about fire safety in their Council high rise buildings, and it is available below.   Cardiff Council has 9 high rise blocks of flats: Lydstep Flats, Gabalfa …

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June 28, 2017

My Question to the Prime Minister June 2017

Today I got my chance to ask the Prime Minister a question in the House of Commons. I asked her about what plans her Government had to deal with problem gambling and the Fixed Odds Betting Machines that are now in all of our bookies.   “I know the Prime Minister is well aware of the misery and suffering caused …

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June 23, 2017

Why We Need to Remain in the Customs Union

Following the Queen’s Speech earlier this week, I am supporting the call for the UK to remain a member of the customs union. I have signed a parliamentary motion (Early Day Motion) to that effect. There will be a huge number of issues arising out of the decision to leave the EU, but the issues of the single market and …

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June 22, 2017

Enter Now: Film the House Competition

Are you interested in film making or script writing? Enter your film or script into the Film the House competition and you could win prizes including work experience at Sky, mentoring and advice from leading industry figures, a day on a film set or your film being screened. The competition is a way to showcase what the UK has to offer, and …

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June 22, 2017

The Queen’s Speech 2017

If we needed anything to confirm that Theresa May is in Government but not in power, this Queen’s Speech was it. A thin, measly script that wouldn’t be fit for one year of parliamentary business never mind the two it will cover. Labour voters can be proud that through their votes they have stripped the Tory manifesto to its bare …

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June 19, 2017

Refugee Week 2017 in Cardiff Central

Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20 June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities. Refugee Week started in 1998 as a direct reaction to hostility …

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June 16, 2017

Splott Road Bridge/Adamsdown Foot Bridge Update

I have recently been in contact with National Rail regarding some changes in access to Splott Road Bridge and Adamsdown Foot Bridge whilst electrification work is on going. Splott Road Bridge The road will be closed to all vehicles from 13 August. Network Rail are aiming to reopen the bridge on 4 September. There will be no pedestrian access over …

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