March 7, 2019

Small Cardiff Charities Funding Opportunity – Deadline March 28th

Are you a small charity with a big idea to help the most vulnerable people in the world? If you are, a new and exciting opportunity has opened for small charities in Cardiff. The Department for International Development has opened for applications to the next round of the Small Charities Challenge Fund until 17.00 on March 28th and it would be great …

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February 25, 2019

The 14th Anniversary of Labour’s Fox Hunting Ban

Labour’s fox hunting ban was a landmark piece of legislation, part of the animal welfare revolution led by the last Labour Government. I’m still really proud that we outlawed hunting with hounds in the face of fierce opposition from the Tories who have repeatedly promised to call a vote in parliament to bring this barbarous practice back. But the experience of those 14 years have taught us how we …

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February 13, 2019

Oxfam Behind the Barcodes Campaign

I was pleased today to be able to show my support an important new campaign being run by Oxfam – the Behind the Barcodes campaign. Inequality is rampant across the global economy, and the agro-food sector is no exception. At the top, big supermarkets and other corporate food giants dominate global food markets, allowing them to squeeze value from vast …

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January 14, 2019

Why I am Voting Against the Prime Minister’s Brexit Deal

  I will be voting against the Prime Minister’s Brexit Deal on Tuesday 15th January. Here’s my speech in the debate where I explain why I oppose her deal, oppose Brexit and call for revocation of Article 50 now or through a second public vote. https://www.facebook.com/JoStevensLabour/videos/380919269324323/  

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January 7, 2019

The Prime Minister must Rule out No Deal

Before Christmas I signed a letter to the Prime Minister alongside over 200 cross party Members of Parliament urging Theresa May to rule out leaving the European Union without a deal (Full letter below). More MPs are signing the letter every day. The Prime Minister is currently trying to use the threat of no deal to bully MPs into accepting …

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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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