January 31, 2018

Ending Child Funeral Fees – Letter to the Prime Minister

I was proud this week to be among over 160 cross-party MPs, led by my colleague Carolyn Harris MP, to sign a letter to the Prime Minister imploring her to end child funeral fees. The Welsh Labour Government has taken the lead on this issue, and ended fees for child funerals here in Wales, but it’s time for this to …

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January 25, 2018

Business Questions – Air Passenger Duty

This morning I attended Cardiff Airport’s annual report briefing to Members of Parliament. Cardiff Airport, which is publicly owned by the Welsh Labour Government, has gone from strength to strength, showing a nearly 50% growth since it was taken into public ownership, along with new airlines and routes every year. Allowing the rates of Air Passenger Duty (the tax applied …

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January 23, 2018

BskyB and Leveson Inquiry Update

A number of constituents have written in to me over the last few months expressing concerns about both the Murdoch takeover bid of BskyB and the family’s corporate conduct. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have now said that the proposed purchase of Sky by Fox would hand too much power and influence to the Murdoch family and that the …

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January 23, 2018

Open Letter to the Government on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

I have today signed my Labour colleague Carolyn Harris’s open letter to the Government, asking for the maximum stake to be reduced from the current £100 to £2. Here is the letter in full:   Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport 100 Parliament St London SW1A 2BQ   23 January 2018   Dear …

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January 22, 2018

Roath Brook Flood Scheme: Workshops

A series of workshops are to be held next week to discuss the Roath Brook flood scheme. This is an opportunity for residents to discuss the scheme directly with the people who are delivering it and get answers to any questions you may have. NRW will also provide a brief presentation about: the background to the scheme why it’s needed …

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January 20, 2018

Rohingya Refugee Crisis – Asking for a Debate in Parliament

The Rohingya refugee crisis continues in Bangladesh, with Rohingya people fleeing a genocide at the hands of the Burmese military. Bangladeshi authorities are working hard to support as many refugees as they can, but are reliant on international aid contributions such as those made by the UK. Cathays Labour Councillor Ali Ahmed, along with colleagues from the Cardiff Bangladesh Association, …

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January 18, 2018

Transport Questions – Funding for Cardiff Central Station

This morning in Transport Questions I asked the Secretary of State whether he would commit UK Government funding towards the much-needed redevelopment of Cardiff Central Station. The station is getting busier every year, with passenger numbers expected to reach 22 million in the next five years. Cardiff’s Labour Council and the Welsh Labour Government have this week released proposals for …

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January 12, 2018

Cardiff Music Awards

2017 was a great year for music in Cardiff, with landmark achievements for local acts, and the successful Save Womanby Street campaign that I was proud to support. The Cardiff Music Awards will celebrate the many aspects of Cardiff’s fantastic music scene, and you can nominate in 20 different categories for your favourite artist, venue, promoter and more by clicking here. …

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January 12, 2018

Roath Flood Defence Scheme – Meeting with the Minister

Statement: Meeting with the Minister This week my team, along with Jenny Rathbone AM and other local elected representatives, met with Hannah Blythyn AM, Minister for Environment, and representatives from Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to discuss the Roath Flood Defence Scheme. The Minister and NRW are aware of the strength of feeling amongst local residents, particularly the removal of trees …

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