December 3, 2018

Time for us to Care about Carers

There are 370,000 carers across Wales who provide £8.1 billion worth of care to their friends and family every year. 96% of the care provided in Wales is provided by relatives and friends. Many carers that I meet in Cardiff Central feel locked out of employment opportunities by a lack of flexible working opportunities. 52% of those caring for a person with disabilities are denied requests to work flexibly and 72% of carers would …

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November 23, 2018

My View on the Agriculture Bill

The Agriculture Bill will set the regulatory framework for the running of the Welsh and British countryside for many years to come, which means it is vital that we are ambitious about creating the groundwork for a sustainable, clean, accessible and biodiverse countryside. I believe that while the Bill hits some of these points it does not go far enough. The …

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November 22, 2018

BBC Consultation on TV Licence Fee for Over 75’s

  The BBC has launched its public consultation on what, if any, TV licence fee concession should be in place for older people from June 2020. At the moment all households with someone aged over 75 receive a TV licence free of charge. The cost of this scheme has been funded by the UK Government since Labour introduced it in …

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November 21, 2018

Enough is Enough, Trophy Hunting Should End

Last week I joined with 68 other Members of Parliament from across the political spectrum to call on the Government to ban the importing of hunting trophies. Hunting trophies are body parts (often the head) taken from animals that have been shot and killed by trophy hunters.   These hunters often focus on the magnificent and endangered animals of Sub-Saharan Africa such …

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November 21, 2018

Standing up for Human Rights

Human rights defenders come under attack everday as your Member of Parliament I do my best to raise their cases. As Human Rights Watch have noted, human rights are under threat across the world from both traditional authoritarian regimes like Saudi Arabia and new authoritarians who bolster their power by demonizing and attacking minorities like Durente in the Philippines or Donald Trump in …

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November 16, 2018

Killing of Protestors in Gaza

I have been horrified by slaughter of children, women and men by the Israeli Defence Force in Gaza. I have publicly condemned the actions of the IDF on the instructions of the Israeli government. I wrote to the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on the 31st March demanding to know why he had remained silent on the atrocities that weekend and what action the UK …

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November 16, 2018

The BBC and the Israel – Palestine Conflict

I get emails from people who support both sides of the Israel – Palestine conflict alleging that the BBC is biased against “their” side and minimising violence by the other side. This reflects the importance of this issue and the deep emotions on both sides of the debate concerning the ongoing violence, injury and death. It is not for me as a …

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November 16, 2018

Envrionmental Protections as We Leave the European Union

I am deeply concerned about what leaving the European Union will do to our environment and I will work to ensure that environmental legislation is not weakened. I have written a letter to Michael Gove MP, the Environment Secretary, looking for reassurances that the Government will not abandon the targets for water quality set out in the EU Water Framework …

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November 13, 2018

Horse Tethering

A lot of people have emailed in about the issue of horse tethering so I would like to take a moment to set out what I have been doing on this important issue. I have raised this issue with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Secretary of State Michael Gove. I asked the below question; “… …

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November 5, 2018

Asylum Seekers Working

I strongly support the campaign to relax this unnecessary and unhelpful restriction on asylum seekers working in the United Kingdom. Labour’s position is that all people seeking asylum who have waited six months for a resolution on their asylum application should be able to work, unrestrained by the Home Office shortage occupation list. I provide extensive support, with my constituency office team, to people seeking asylum on a daily basis and I hold a …

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