October 30, 2017

Albany Primary School’s Military Hospital

Each year, as part of the Made in Roath festival, Albany Primary School’s Year 6 pupils learn about their school’s history as a military hospital. When the First World War broke out in 1914 the school was temporarily converted into a hospital for wounded soldiers and was used for this purpose throughout the war. The pupils spend the first part …

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October 30, 2017

Presenting Mohammed Mirzo Petition to the Home Office

This morning I joined Mohammed Mirzo and his father Ali, along with Jonathan Cox from Citizens UK, to present a 31,000 plus signature petition to the Home Office. The petition, signed by people in Cardiff Central and across the UK, is addressed to Home Secretary Amber Rudd MP, asking that she intervenes to stop Mohammed from being taken from his …

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October 26, 2017

Vote Now for Roath Park to Win UK’s Best Park

Voting is now open for the Fields in Trust UK’s Best Park award. I was very pleased to see Roath Park nominated in the Wales category. Voting closes at 5pm on Friday 3rd November and the winner of UK’s Best Park 2017 will be announced at the Fields in Trust Awards at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Wednesday 29th November. To …

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October 26, 2017

Vote for Community Projects in Cardiff Central to Win the Aviva Community Fund

The Aviva Community Fund awards funding of up to £25,000 for local community projects across a range of categories such as health & wellbeing, skills for life and community support.   All applications have now been received and winners will be chosen from those that receive the most votes from the public.     A number of fantastic community projects based in …

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October 20, 2017

I Confront Home Office on Erasmus+ Students

There are many thousands of international students in Cardiff Central and across the UK who benefit from the Erasmus+ programme as well as students from the UK who go to study at Universities abroad. I asked the Immigration Minister in the event of  Britain crashing out of the EU with ‘no deal’ could he give any reassurance to international students …

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October 19, 2017

I Do First Aid Training With Welsh Hearts

Can you do CPR and use a defibrillator? I couldn’t, but this week I was trained to do both with Welsh Hearts in a meeting room in Parliament. Welsh Hearts had come to explain to MPs from across Wales why public access defibrillators are so important in saving lives. Learning how to administer CPR and use the defibrillator was so …

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October 12, 2017

Libraries Week: Why Your Library is Under Threat

Yes, fight to save your library, but don’t forget the real reason why it’s under threat. Since the start of the 2010 Lib Dem Tory coalition government, libraries across the country have been faced with closure. This Libraries Week I’m celebrating our local libraries in Cardiff Central. Libraries are one of society’s great equalisers. They bring knowledge, for free, to …

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October 12, 2017

MPs Demand an End to Government Secrecy on Brexit Papers

Together with over 120 MPs I’ve written to David Davis, the Brexit Secretary asking him to publish the findings of an analysis the Government has carried out on what the impacts of leaving the European Union will be on 50 sectors of the economy.   Despite numerous questions from MPs and repeated Freedom of Information requests the Government has refused …

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October 10, 2017

Update: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

As has been widely reported, the Iranian Government have brought new charges against Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe, which could extend her stay in Iranian jail by up to 16 years. My Labour colleague Tulip Siddiq MP has described these charges as ’an outrage and must not be allowed to stand.’  The Iranian Revolutionary Guard have subjected Nazanin to illegal arbitrary detention for the best part of 18 months, and the …

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