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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October 31, 2018

The Pensions Dashboard

Lots of people have spoken to me about how worried they are about the “Pensions Dashboard”. This scheme was meant to be a Government run website that would let you access all of your pension data in one place. Before Parliament went into recess the Department for Work and Pensions Minister Esther McVey gave her statement on the future of …

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October 31, 2018

Bad Budget for Solar Power

The budget was another disappointing day for the solar industry in Britain and those who want to prevent the environmental catastrophe engulfing the planet. I wrote to Greg Clark the Business Secretary prior to the budget, opposing the Government’s proposals but the Government has not only gone ahead with  ending the Feed-In Tariff next April, but in a surprise move …

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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

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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