October 31, 2018

The Pensions Dashboard

Lots of people have spoken to me about how worried they are about the “Pensions Dashboard”. This scheme was meant to be a Government run website that would let you access all of your pension data in one place. Before Parliament went into recess the Department for Work and Pensions Minister Esther McVey gave her statement on the future of …

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October 31, 2018

Bad Budget for Solar Power

The budget was another disappointing day for the solar industry in Britain and those who want to prevent the environmental catastrophe engulfing the planet. I wrote to Greg Clark the Business Secretary prior to the budget, opposing the Government’s proposals but the Government has not only gone ahead with  ending the Feed-In Tariff next April, but in a surprise move …

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October 31, 2018

Women Trade Unionists making a Difference Beyond the Workplace

Not being able to afford to buy sanitary products is embarrassing and demeaning. Period poverty is a big issue across the country. Eight years of austerity policy from the coalition and subsequent Tory Governments has directly contributed to this shameful state of affairs. That’s why I met with women trade unionists from my union, GMB, in parliament to help them …

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October 26, 2018

My Annual Report to you 2017-18

Each year I produce an Annual Report to let you know what I’ve been doing on your behalf in both Cardiff Central and in Parliament. If you live in Cardiff Central, you’ll be getting a copy through your letter box soon, but you can also read the full report here: If you want to see my reports from previous years, …

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October 23, 2018

Made in Roath 2018

Made in Roath is a highlight of the annual calendar, a festival of art and creativity in all its forms. This year was no exception, seeing hundreds of artists taking part right across the Roath area, opening their studios, exhibiting in shops and in public spaces, and creating experiences for the local community. I spent some time checking out a …

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October 23, 2018

Visit to Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

Cardiff Central is very privileged to be home to the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. The college, based on the edge of Bute Park, trains hundreds of students every year in performing arts disciplines including music, acting, design and management. I visited the college to meet new Principal Prof Helena Gaunt, along with a number of senior staff …

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October 23, 2018

Visit to Cardiff Archers Basketball Club

I had a very warm welcome last week at Cardiff Archers Basketball Club. The club’s 20 teams – ranging from under 10s to senior players – practice and train several nights a week at the Archers Arena, part of the Cardiff Metropolitan University Cyncoed campus. The arena, opened 2 years ago, has given the club the space it needs to …

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October 19, 2018

Decriminalising Abortion

A lot of constiuents have contacted me about the decriminalisation of abortion and the Ten Minute Rule Bill that will be heard in the Commons on 23rd October 2018. I can confirm that I will be voting for this bill and that I support the decriminalisation of abortion. In March 2017 Diana Johnson MP introduced a Bill to the House …

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October 18, 2018

Universal Credit Debate

A lot of constituents have emailed me about the dreadful shambles of Universal Credit. I have already been assisting constituents who’ve had their payments cut or removed entirely under the new system in a very unfair way.   The Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey has now been forced to admit that under the changes some people will be significantly worse off despite disgraceful efforts to gag charities like Citizens Advice …

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October 17, 2018

Wear it Pink this Friday

This Friday Britain’s largest breast cancer charity Breast Cancer Now are urging people to mix up their usual dress sense by wearing pink to help raise awareness for their Wear it Pink Campaign. As part of the campaign people across the country will be wearing pink to work on Friday 19th October. In Wales, breast cancer accounts for almost 50% …

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