October 19, 2018

Decriminalising Abortion

A lot of constiuents have contacted me about the decriminalisation of abortion and the Ten Minute Rule Bill that will be heard in the Commons on 23rd October 2018. I can confirm that I will be voting for this bill and that I support the decriminalisation of abortion. In March 2017 Diana Johnson MP introduced a Bill to the House …

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October 18, 2018

Universal Credit Debate

A lot of constituents have emailed me about the dreadful shambles of Universal Credit. I have already been assisting constituents who’ve had their payments cut or removed entirely under the new system in a very unfair way.   The Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey has now been forced to admit that under the changes some people will be significantly worse off despite disgraceful efforts to gag charities like Citizens Advice …

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October 17, 2018

Wear it Pink this Friday

This Friday Britain’s largest breast cancer charity Breast Cancer Now are urging people to mix up their usual dress sense by wearing pink to help raise awareness for their Wear it Pink Campaign. As part of the campaign people across the country will be wearing pink to work on Friday 19th October. In Wales, breast cancer accounts for almost 50% …

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October 17, 2018

Long Live the Local

I love nothing more than a pint in one of Cardiff Central’s many local pubs, along with an opportunity to catch up with friends and meet new ones. Pubs are fantastic community assets but across the country 3 a day are closing down. I’m supporting the ‘Long Live the Local’ campaign launched this week by Britain’s Beer Alliance. The campaign …

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October 10, 2018

IR35 Reforms

Several constituents have written to me about the Government’s IR35 reforms in the public sector and their plans to extend them to the private sector. I have been looking into the impact of IR35 in the public sector and spoken to a number of constituents about their personal experiences of it too. The Government’s assessment of the progress of the IR35 …

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October 3, 2018

Homelessness

A lot of constituents have been in touch recently about homelessness issues in Cardiff Central. I work with local Councillors, Council Officers and the police to make sure that helping homeless people is a priority. The 2014 Welsh Housing Act places a statutory duty on Councils to help those who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless. This focus on …

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September 29, 2018

Adult Learning

Adult learning is a devolved matter in Wales for the Welsh Assembly. If you would like further details please contact your Assembly Member Jenny Rathbone at jenny.rathbone@assembly.wales . But several people have got in touch with me about this issue and I would like to take a moment to outline the Labour Party’s position. At both a UK wide and …

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September 15, 2018

Cardiff Central 1st in Wales for Efforts to Cure Blood Cancer

People with blood cancer can benefit from donated stem cells as part of their treatment and charity Anthony Nolan works hard to get potential donors registered, so that those who need donated stem cells may be able to access this help. At an event in Parliament to celebrate Blood Cancer Awareness Month, I collected a certificate on behalf of Cardiff Central …

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September 9, 2018

Making Online Giants Pay Their Share

There is a real issue of online retail giants generating large revenues from UK customers but paying a much lower proportion of tax than their high street competitors. Last year Amazon’s UK tax bill fell by 78% despite its UK profits rising by 40%. This disparity can be seen in other non-retail online giants like Google. Google’s accounts show that …

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