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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June 11, 2020

Sunday Trading Laws

You may have heard that the UK Government are considering proposals to relax Sunday trading laws in order to boost the retail sector as the lockdown continues to be eased. Labour is opposed to this, as is the trade union representing retail workers, USDAW. The impact of the Coronavirus lockdown on shops and retail businesses has been huge – and …

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June 9, 2020

3-Layer Facemasks Recomended Where Social Distancing Impossible – New

The Welsh Government now recommend wearing a 3-layer face covering where social distancing is not possible, following a change to WHO guidance. If you have symptoms, it’s imperative you still self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19. Masks are not a substitute for proper social distancing – social distancing and frequent hand washing remain essential. More information ios available on the …

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June 6, 2020

Black Lives Matter Movement

Thank you to the many hundreds of people who have contacted me about the current protests in the United States and their deep concerns. I fully support the Black Lives Matters movement. Night after night, the footage from the US has shocked us all. The killing of George Floyd. The deplorable and dangerous use of force against protesters led by …

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June 5, 2020

Home Office – Further COVID-19 Visa Extensions

If you’re in the UK and your leave expires between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020: Your visa will be extended to 31 July 2020 if you cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID-19). You’ll need to request an extension by updating your records with the Coronavirus Immigration Team (CIT) at the Home Office …

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