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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June 1, 2018

PopUp Business School in Cardiff

PopUp Business School is a project which aims to give people the skills and support to start a business from the ground up, in just two weeks. A pop up business school ran in the city centre for two weeks and I went to visit on the final day to meet some of the participants and find out about their …

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May 31, 2018

Dementia Friends Training

My constituency staff team and I completed Dementia Friends training this week. The training is a one-hour session which gave us all a better understanding of the issues people living with dementia may face, using practical exercises and discussing some of the ways different types of dementia can affect the mind. You can arrange a Dementia Friends training session for …

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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 23, 2018

Timetable Changes Due to Work on the Great Western Network

The Severn Tunnel will be closed between Saturday 16 June and Friday 6 July, impacting services between Bristol Parkway and Severn Tunnel Junction and between Filton Abbey Wood and Patchway. This will mean diversions and on some journeys coaches between Bristol Parkway and Newport.  Network Rail have set up a dedicated webpage GWR.com/SouthWales2018 with information for customers.  You can also find information …

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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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