June 26, 2020

Music Venues in Cardiff

Thanks to all constituents who have contacted me recently about the future of our much loved live music venues in Cardiff. I know what a desperate situation it is for our venues, and even as COVID-19 regulations are gradually eased in Wales, we know they will be likely the last to fully reopen – placing them under unprecedented financial pressure. …

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June 22, 2020

Cardiff City Centre – Phased Plan

As non-essential retail begins to open across Cardiff Central today, the first phase of a plan to keep visitors safe in the City Centre is entering into force. This includes staffed welcome points, a one way system and some road closures in the centre. Road Closure Map Pedestrian Route Map Phase 1: (from today): Welcome points & 1 way system; …

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June 19, 2020

DfID and Jo Cox’s Legacy – Great Get Together Weekend

In amongst the political noise this week, Tuesday marked the fourth anniversary of the murder of my friend, Jo Cox. On the same day, Boris Johnson chose to reinforce the Conservative’s nasty party reputation by announcing they are abolishing the Department for International Development. Jo was a champion for international development, a humanitarian who made it her mission to protect …

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June 19, 2020

Welsh Coronavirus Regulations – Changes (19th June 2020)

Here’s a quick run through of today’s changes, and those coming into force in the next weeks: Non-essential retail to open from Monday. Stay local rules remain in place for the next fortnight w/ exemptions on compassionate grounds. Schools will reopen as announced on 29 June. Hairdressers can plan to reopen by appointment in three weeks’ time.From Monday All non-essential …

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June 18, 2020

Loneliness Week 2020

This week is Loneliness Awareness Week. Loneliness Awareness Week (LAW) began by the Marmalade Trust 4 years ago to raise awareness of loneliness and encourage people to speak about it openly. It’s a powerful message that resonates with many and each year LAW receives more and more attention. Last year 800 events took place and on our campaign launch day, …

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June 17, 2020

Film the House Competition 2020

A parliamentary-based film and scriptwriting competition for student and independent filmmakers based in the UK. Tracy Brabin MP (Shadow Minister for Cultural Industries), Lord Tim Clement-Jones (Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Intellectual Property Group) and Giles Watling MP (Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Writers Group) are calling for local creators to enter Parliament’s prestigious Film the House competition. …

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June 17, 2020

Small Charity Week 2020

Small Charity Week is focused on celebrating and raising awareness of the essential work of small charities and the contribution they make to the lives of millions of individuals, communities and causes across the UK and around the world. This year’s Small Charity Week runs from 15 – 20 June 2020. Covid-19 means that this year, celebrations of Small Charity …

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June 15, 2020

Refugee Week 2020

Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20 June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities. Obviously this year, due to COVID-19, events have gone …

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June 12, 2020

Cultural Industries Need UK Government Sector Specific Support – My Letter to DCMS Secretary of State

On Wednesday I wrote again to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport raising the perilous financial state of our cultural industries – theatres, other live performance venues and the talent working across them again pressing for urgent, sector specific support before it’s too late. The sector will be one of the last to re-open because of the …

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June 11, 2020

Objection to Plans for Tramshed

I’ve just submitted my objection to the proposals for the Tramshed site. Although relating to a site in the Grangetown ward of the Cardiff South and Penarth constituency, I’ve campaigned with our other Cardiff MPs Stephen Doughty MP, Kevin Brennan MP, Anna McMorrin MP and many others to protect, sustain and promote our live music venues across Cardiff. Threats to …

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