July 27, 2018

Agent of Change Principle Campaign – Progress in England

The Agent of Change Principle has been added to the planning rules for England today.   The principle is part of planning law which puts the responsibility on developers of new buildings to resolve any noise issues from existing venues.   Before the law was brought in, music and performance venues were suffering huge costs and, in some cases, being …

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July 12, 2018

Young People Survey 2018

I have produced this survey in order to achieve a greater understanding of how you, the youth of my constituency, feel about your community. As well as your thoughts and opinions on today’s political issues. This survey is aimed at those in their GCSE years and will help me to make informed decisions in order to improve your lives as …

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May 23, 2018

Time to Stop Banks Exploiting Vulnerable Customers

Today I’ve written to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) together with supportive MPs calling on them to take action on banks charging extortionate fees for unarranged overdrafts. Whilst these fees are part of banks’ business models, they are almost always massively out of proportion with the actual overspend and hit people already in financial difficulty very hard. The Labour Party is committed to capping these unarranged fees. This is an important step towards protecting …

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October 30, 2017

Presenting Mohammed Mirzo Petition to the Home Office

This morning I joined Mohammed Mirzo and his father Ali, along with Jonathan Cox from Citizens UK, to present a 31,000 plus signature petition to the Home Office. The petition, signed by people in Cardiff Central and across the UK, is addressed to Home Secretary Amber Rudd MP, asking that she intervenes to stop Mohammed from being taken from his …

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October 12, 2017

Libraries Week: Why Your Library is Under Threat

Yes, fight to save your library, but don’t forget the real reason why it’s under threat. Since the start of the 2010 Lib Dem Tory coalition government, libraries across the country have been faced with closure. This Libraries Week I’m celebrating our local libraries in Cardiff Central. Libraries are one of society’s great equalisers. They bring knowledge, for free, to …

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October 5, 2017

Victory for Womanby Street Campaigners

Last week we heard that the planning application to build a block of flats next to Clwb Ifor Bach on Womanby Street has been withdrawn. This was music to the ears of the Save Womanby Street campaign. Such a development would have been completely unsuitable for Womanby Street, which is a centre for grassroots live music and performance venues. I …

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July 7, 2017

TVT Mesh Campaign

TVT (or Transvaginal) Mesh surgery is a medical procedure used to treat incontinence and prolapse. An increasing number of women have reported complications since having the surgery, with many suffering from chronic and debilitating pain as a result of the procedure. Lots of MPs have been contacted by women injured by mesh implants and campaigners want them banned. I am …

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March 31, 2017

Cardiff Labour Manifesto Launch

This morning I was pleased to join Labour Council candidates from Cardiff Central at the launch of Cardiff Labour’s manifesto ahead of the upcoming local elections. We have a strong team of Labour Council candidates across Cardiff Central, and I am looking forward to getting out on the doorstep and speaking to voters ahead of the elections on May 4th. …

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March 15, 2017

Labour Students #amillionmorevoices Campaign

Today I joined Labour Students in Parliament to support their priority #amillionmorevoices campaign. Labour Students are urging the Government to introduce automatic voter registration in all higher education institutions across the country. Following the Governments shambolic introduction of ‘individual voter registration’ last year, some estimate that up to a million people will have fallen off the electoral register since its …

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March 13, 2017

WASPI Mass Lobby of Parliament

On Wednesday 8 March 2017, I again showed my support for a mass lobby of Parliament organised by the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign. UNISON were supporting the lobby and my Labour colleague and friend Carolyn Harris, MP for Swansea East who is Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on WASPI, arranged for WASPI campaigners from Wales to meet and hear from their MPs. …

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