August 30, 2018

24 Hours for Christian Aid Event

In October, Christchurch Uniting Church in Llanedeyrn are holding a 24-hour even to raise funds for Christian Aid. The church have invited members of the community to take part in the event, which includes family activities, a quiz night, BBQ, crafts, music and food. All the details are on this poster and you can just drop in any time:

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August 29, 2018

Will There Be Peace in Colombia?

In November 2016 an historic Peace Agreement was signed in Cartagena, Colombia, designed to bring an end to the decades long civil war in this most beautiful of countries. A civil war that had seen thousands of people murdered, disappeared and tortured including trade unionists, human rights defenders and social leaders. Colombia was the most dangerous place in the world …

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August 21, 2018

Are you Cardiff Central’s Best Small Shop?

The Best Small Shops Competition celebrates the creativity of small shops and the central role they play in our local community. The Best Small Shops Competition is open to any small shop* operating in the UK. The competition is free to enter and all shops who enter will also be promoted to consumers through an online Indie Retail Directory. Shopkeepers …

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August 17, 2018

Universal Credit Rollout Update

I visited the Job Centre on Charles Street in the city centre recently. The team showed me round the centre, which has recently been redesigned to create a more relaxed environment. It’s hoped the redesign will also reduce queues and waiting times. Following the rollout of Universal Credit, which has replaced a number of existing benefits, many constituents have been …

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August 16, 2018

Eisteddfod Genedlaethol 2018

Jo Stevens MP standing underneath an archway which reads EISTEDDFOD

This year the Eisteddfod – Wales’ national celebration of the arts – was held in Cardiff Bay. The festival moves around Wales each year, holding competitions for music and poetry, along with outdoor performances and opportunities to share with and meet representatives from organisations right across the country. This year for the first time, the ‘Maes’ or main field was …

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August 16, 2018

Visit to Castle Bingo

I recently had the opportunity to visit Castle Bingo on Newport Road. The 850-capacity bingo hall is owned and run by south Wales based company Castle Leisure, who also operate bingo halls around Wales and England. I met with club manager Tamika; Wayne Davies, Deputy Chief Executive of Castle Leisure, Miles Baron, CEO of The Bingo Association and heard about …

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August 14, 2018

Pobol y Cwm Set Visit

Pobol y Cwm is Wales’ iconic soap opera. It’s been on our screens since the 1970s and is still popular today. During the Eisteddfod week, S4C and BBC open the doors to the show’s set and backlot to over 1000 visitors. I joined a group for a tour of the sets and to meet with some of the producing team …

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August 6, 2018

Roath Brook Scheme: Construction Update

NRW have now completed all engineering works in the Park Gardens, such as the piled and concrete walls, and are now undertaking the hard landscaping. This month they will finish creating the paths through the gardens, placing coping stones, building the dais and pergola in Waterloo Gardens and laying the pennant stone paving for the viewing platform in Roath Mill …

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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 23, 2018

Joint Letter on Women’s Reproductive Healthcare Rights in Northern Ireland

  Together with 170 other British and Irish Parliamentarians, I have signed a joint letter to the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach of the Irish Republic on abortion rights in Northern Ireland. Both the UK and the Republic of Ireland must uphold human rights in Northern Ireland as part of the Good Friday Agreement. The UK Supreme Court has recently found that abortion law as it stands in Northern Ireland is incompatible with article …

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