July 31, 2019

Tour of Bute Park Nursery

It was a real pleasure to be given a tour of Bute Park Nursery by Chay Sanders, Nursery Supervisor and to see what lies beyond the walls of the Education Centre and Secret Garden Café in the heart of the park. As well as growing plants for the parks across Cardiff, the small Nursery team together with volunteers produce the …

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July 30, 2019

Visiting Superbugs Pop-Up Science Event

I had a great time today visiting ‘Superbugs’, a pop-up science event in St Davids Shopping Centre run by scientists from Cardiff University. The pop-up allows visitors to enter the microbial world; discover the bacteria that live in, on, and around us; see how we treat infections that make you ill; and learn how the bacteria are fighting back against …

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July 26, 2019

The Homeless World Cup Comes to Cardiff Central!

The Homeless World Cup is coming to Cardiff Central! As a massive footy fan myself, I’m so proud that our city is hosting the 2019 Homeless World Cup, with over 500 players from 64 teams over 50 countries all coming together to use football to inspire homeless people to change their lives. The 17th edition of the tournament will take …

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July 22, 2019

DCMS Committee Report into Garden Tourism Published

Today, our DCMS Select Committee published our long-awaited report into Garden Tourism. The publication of the report concludes months of evidence sessions and committee hearings, exploring how gardens and garden design contribute to tourism, to the creative economy and to our national heritage. Our report concludes that garden tourism has much more economic potential which is yet to be exploited …

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July 19, 2019

My Weekly Round-Up

DCMS: Over 75s Licence Fee, WW1 Commemoration Report Published This week in DCMS Select Committee I questioned BBC Director General Lord Hall on the removal of the free TV licence fee for over 75’s. This change will hit over 3,610 households in Cardiff Central. This change is only happening because the BBC were ambushed by the Government during the quickest …

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July 17, 2019

Backing calls for urgent reform of the welfare system

Yesterday, I attended the launch event in Parliament for the report ‘Has welfare became unfair?- the impact of changes on disabled people”. Funded by the Three Guinea’s Trust and commissioned by the Disability Benefit Consortium (DBC), which represent 80 national disability organisations, the research found that changes to the welfare system over the past ten years have left disabled people …

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July 15, 2019

Planning Application – 17-41 Clearwater Way, Cyncoed

A full planning application is to be submitted imminently for the proposed 4 storey development of, 18 new apartments, one café, along with other associated work at 17-41 Clearwater Way. LRM Planning and Silver Crescent Developments are the consultants and developers respectively and they have begun a period of consultation on their proposals. You can view the plans by clicking …

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July 10, 2019

Action for Children’s 150 Anniversary and ‘Choose Childhood’ campaign

Last night I joined young people and children’s services experts from Action for Children in Westminster to back their new campaign urging political leaders across the UK to prioritise children and put them at the heart of domestic agendas. New polling from Action for Children, published to mark the charity’s 150th anniversary, revealed that three generations of families fear childhoods …

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July 9, 2019

Today’s Votes on Northern Ireland

I’ve been receiving lots of emails from Cardiff Central constituents about today’s votes on the Northern Ireland Bill. I am a signatory to the new clause tabled by Conor McGinn – Labour MP for St Helens North to provide for equal marriage in Northern Ireland and the vote will be later today.  I’m also a signatory to new clause 10 on abortion rights …

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