November 8, 2018

Planting Trees – The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy

It was a pleasure to join pupils from local schools this week to plant trees around the constituency as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. The Woodland Trust provided trees to over 500 MPs to contribute to the tree planting project across the UK and the Commonwealth. I joined Adamsdown Primary School’s Eco Council, the Nursery Class at Albany Primary, Marlborough …

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November 7, 2018

Preventing Cardiovascular Disease

Jo Stevens MP looking at the report with representatives from Heart UK

I met with HEART UK in Parliament at the launch of their report into cardiovascular disease (CVD) and its effect on the UK. CVD is responsible for 160,000 deaths across the UK every year, that’s a quarter of all deaths across the UK. It’s also one of the leading causes of premature death with 40,000 people dying prematurely from CVD …

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November 5, 2018

Collection for Women in Refuges

For the last three years I’ve taken part in a collection of donations for women and children forced to spend the Christmas season in refuges and I’ll be opening up my office as a collection point again this year. This time of year can be very difficult for people in uncertain circumstances, and a refuge is not where anybody wants …

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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 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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October 17, 2018

Long Live the Local

I love nothing more than a pint in one of Cardiff Central’s many local pubs, along with an opportunity to catch up with friends and meet new ones. Pubs are fantastic community assets but across the country 3 a day are closing down. I’m supporting the ‘Long Live the Local’ campaign launched this week by Britain’s Beer Alliance. The campaign …

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