June 28, 2018

House of Commons Asbestos Seminar

Yesterday I had the privilege of chairing the annual asbestos seminar organised by the all-party group on occupational health and safety in the House of Commons. I have a particular interest in this area because I acted for victims of asbestos disease and the families of those killed by asbestos disease in the courts for over 25 years before I …

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June 26, 2018

Show Racism the Red Card

I’m a long time supporter of the charity Show Racism the Red Card and I chair the All Party Parliamentary Group. On the 25th June we had a bit of a football theme to the day in Parliament. In the morning I was launching, with colleagues from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Select Committee, our Bill to outlaw homophobic abuse …

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June 26, 2018

Wales & West Utilities Consultation: Win £100 Amazon Voucher!

Wales & West Utilities is the company that maintains the pipes that bring gas to homes in Cardiff Central. They provide the national gas emergency service, and invest £2 million a week looking after the gas network. They have just opened a consultation so that you can let them know what’s important to you, and they can use that to develop …

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June 26, 2018

Safe Standing at Football Grounds

Yesterday, we had a debate on safe standing in premiership and championship football grounds in Wales and England following a petition to parliament signed by over 110,000 people. The current law prohibits standing at matches but as everyone who goes to matches knows, standing is happening at every game, particularly when fans go to away matches   Because of the …

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June 25, 2018

The Great Get Together Eid Picnic

This weekend I hosted a Great Get Together Community Eid Picnic with Jenny Rathbone AM, local Labour councillors and the Welsh Muslim Cultural Foundation. Over 300 people came along and we were extremely lucky with the weather, which stayed sunny and dry all afternoon, so everyone could enjoy games, a bouncy castle, origami heart making and lots and lots of food. …

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June 25, 2018

Keeping Homophobia Out of the Beautiful Game

I’ve loved football all my life. I love the skill, the drama, the emotional highs and lows and match day traditions. I especially love the fact you can strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere in the world about football, and you’ll have something in common, you’ll make a connection. Even in a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh where, despite …

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June 22, 2018

Sports Tourism in Cardiff

This week at Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Questions, I asked the Department when they were going to allow Cardiff to grow even further and thrive as a hub for sports tourism. Cardiff has proven itself to be an ideal venue for international sports events, as seen by last year’s Champions League Final, but this Government is holding us back. …

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June 22, 2018

Letter from Home Office on Windrush Compensation

  The headlines may have moved on, but the work of getting justice for the victims of the Windrush scandal continues. I recently wrote to the Home Secretary in a letter coordinated by my Labour colleague Kate Green MP, asking about the Government’s plans for compensation.  In his response the Home Secretary said he was still gathering information and that …

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June 21, 2018

Roath Flood Defence Scheme: Construction Update

I have today been contacted by Natural Resources Wales, who have updated me on the progress of the construction works.   Construction works within Railway Gardens (the Sandies) are complete, with the reinstatement and planting now well underway. Construction works in Waterloo Gardens and Roath Mill Gardens will now be focusing on the paved areas, and viewing platform / dais, …

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June 20, 2018

Expansion of Welsh Government Funded Childcare

The Welsh Labour Government have today announced that they are rolling out their Childcare Offer to more areas of Wales, including Cardiff. The offer means that working parents will receive 30 hours of Welsh Government-funded early education and childcare for children aged 3-4 for 48 weeks of the year, including term time and school holidays. Cardiff Council have prioritised areas …

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