November 29, 2017

Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Earlier this month I visited the Rohingya refugee camp in Kutupalong, Bangladesh as part of a fact finding visit with the UNHCR and a small number of MPs. Nearly 1 million Rohingya people have fled Rakhine Provine in Myanmar (Burma). Since 25th August 2017, over 600,000 people, mainly women and children have arrived in the refugee camps. Many are victims …

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November 23, 2017

What We Needed from the Budget and What We Got

Yesterday’s budget from the Tory Chancellor was massively disappointing. We needed creative solutions and rapid action to fix the growing problems in our economy but we didn’t get them. We needed an end to the Universal Credit chaos with the roll-out paused and the system fixed.  We got a 1 week reduction on the 6 week wait without any money. …

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November 22, 2017

International Students – Home Office Questions

Yesterday, I asked the Immigration Minister what plans the Government has to make sure that post Brexit, the brightest and best international students are able to work here after their studies using their skills and talent for the benefit of the UK economy. Research by ComRes shows that 74% of people think that international students should be able to stay in the UK after their degrees to work before …

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November 16, 2017

DCMS Questions – S4C Review

This morning I questioned the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the independent review the department has commissioned into the future of S4C. Euryn Ogwen Williams’ review will look at all aspects of the Welsh-language broadcaster and make recommendations for government on its future. S4C are expected to lose £9 million of funding over the next …

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November 16, 2017

Shoebox Appeal for Women’s Refuges

The festive season can be a very difficult time for people in uncertain circumstances. For the last two years I’ve taken part in a collection of shoebox donations for women and children in refuges and shelters. It’s not where anyone wants to be over Christmas, and many families arrive there having had to leave their possessions behind. This year Cardiff …

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November 15, 2017

Automatic Voter Registration – My Bill

Voting for the people who represent you is one of the fundamental rights of citizens in a democracy. There is, however, a problem with our current system. Millions of people are missing out on having their say. Within the current procedure for voter registration, all eligible voters must pro-actively register with their local electoral registration office, and then re-register if …

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November 14, 2017

Why We Didn’t Vote

I’ve had lots of e-mails about my Labour colleague Jim McMahon’s Votes at 16 Private Member’s Bill. I know many constituents watched the debate on the television and one 17 year old constituent came to Parliament to watch the debate from the gallery. I also know that a lot of people were concerned that MPs did not vote on the Bill. We may have the opportunity to debate the Bill again on …

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November 14, 2017

Trade Bill Published

The Tories launched their Brexit Trade Bill last week. This is the legislation that will govern our trading relationship with other countries once we leave the European Union. This Bill would allow the Trade Secretary Liam Fox, to sign new trade deals, copy old ones and favour industries without having to put any of those deals before Parliament for them to be scrutinised and voted on. I …

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November 13, 2017

Ofcom Announces Automatic Compensation for Landline and Broadband Customers

Ofcom has today announced that broadband and landline customers will get money back from their providers when things go wrong, without having to claim it. Many people are not getting the standard they expect, or being adequately compensated when their service falls short. Waiting too long for a landline or broadband service to be fixed is frustrating enough, without having …

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November 10, 2017

Roath Flood Defence Scheme: Drop-in event with NRW

Natural Resources Wales will be hosting a community drop in session in St Edwards Church Hall on Wednesday 15th November 2017 from 3pm until 6:30pm (located on Westville Road, at the junction with Blenheim Road). NRW staff will be on hand to answer any questions, discuss progress to date and future works. I would also recommend any constituents with concerns about the …

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