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 14, 2018

Wales and the Heathrow Expansion

At Welsh Questions last Wednesday, I asked the Welsh Secretary whether the Heathrow rail spur link will be ready by its original date of 2020. The Heathrow rail spur link will allow trains from Wales to go directly to the airport without first stopping at London Paddington. Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns couldn’t confirm when the vital link to Wales will be …

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June 14, 2018

Abortion Decriminalisation – My Question to the Prime Minister

After the successful referendum on legalising abortion in the Republic of Ireland, I used my question to continue to put pressure on the Prime Minister to support new legislation to decriminalise abortion in the UK. Women here are still subject to criminal legislation from 1861, under which we can still be punished by life imprisonment for having an abortion without the …

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June 12, 2018

Carers Week 2018

This week I attended a speednetworking event in Parliament with carers and charities, pledging to support unpaid carers in Cardiff Central. The event was in support of Carers Week, to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the 6.5 million people across the UK who currently provide care and support to a family member or friend who has a …

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June 6, 2018

Cancer Research Prevention Event

I joined Cancer Research staff and campaigners, along with medical professionals, this week for an event in Parliament. Cancer Research work on funding scientific research into curing cancer but also do important work on cancer prevention. According to Cancer Research data, four in ten cancers in the UK can be prevented and the most common causes of cancer are smoking, …

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June 4, 2018

Family Reunion Rights – Home Office Questions

I asked the new Home Secretary Sajid Javid whether he will change the rules to help unaccompanied refugee children who have come to the UK reunite with their parents. I have championed the cause of unaccompanied children who have had to flee their homes due to war and violence and become separated from their parents, because of the cases that …

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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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May 22, 2018

Unfair Sainsbury’s Contract Changes: Joint Letter to Theresa May

I have joined a number of my Parliamentary colleagues in writing to the Prime Minister to ask that she stands up for the hardworking Sainsbury’s employees who are set to lose out because of unfair contract changes.  Under the proposed changes, all employees will lose their paid breaks, there will be widespread cuts to premium pay including a shortening of …

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May 22, 2018

End the Practice of Charging Children for British Citizenship

This week I called on the Government to end the practice of charging children for British citizenship. I have signed an Early Day Motion calling on the Government to end the practice of charging a fee to children for registering for British citizenship. 6 years ago it was estimated that there were 120,000 undocumented children in the UK. Tens of thousands of them will have been born …

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May 22, 2018

Banning Letting Agency Fees

My constituency, Cardiff Central, has the fifth highest proportion of private renters of any constituency in the UK. Almost 37% of Cardiff Central constituents live in private rented accommodation. So the issue of unfair letting agency fees is never far from my mind. My constituency surgeries are frequently attended by people suffering at the hands of unscrupulous landlords and agents, who …

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