August 24, 2020

Post COVID-19 Recovery Survey

This summer, I’m running a post COVID-19 recovery survey. The pandemic has turned life as we know it, completely on its head. For many of us, homes have turned into workplaces, ways of exercising and learning have changed, and the world of work may have changed forever. I’m running this survey to see how life has changed for you, and …

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August 5, 2020

Visiting the Gym Group in Cardiff

I was really pleased to be able to visit the Gym Group’s Capitol Centre gym on Queen Street just ahead of its reopening following months of closure during the Coronavirus lockdown. These months have been hard for gyms and leisure centres around the country, both large chains and small independent gyms have faced financial difficulty resulting from the pandemic. I …

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August 3, 2020

Visiting the team at Ty Enfys Care Home

Recent months have been unprecedented for all of us, but those working in our care homes have faced likely the toughest months they ever will in protecting themselves, and their residents from COVID-19. I was pleased to have the chance to visit the brilliant staff at Ty Enfys Carehome in Pentwyn to drop off gift bags to the staff there, …

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July 31, 2020

Monthly Newsletter for July

My monthly newsletter to constituents for July is available here, with news about the new Coronavirus measures in place in Wales, an update on my recent work as Labour’s Shadow Culture Secretary and more. You can read my newsletter by clicking here. If you aren’t already, you can sign up to receive my newsletter by clicking here.

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July 22, 2020

RSPCA Advice for Pet Owners This Summer

As people start to head back to work, RSPCA welfare experts have produced some advice on how to help pets get used to their humans not being around all the time.  For many dog owners, separation anxiety will be one of the key issues their pets will face. RSPCA’s #DogKind campaign aims to help people address this common welfare issue.  And as the …

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July 15, 2020

Phased Return to Sport Guidance: Welsh Government

Following the Welsh Government’s announcement that organised outdoor activities of up to 30 people can now continue in Wales, the Welsh Government has published updated guidance on a Phased Return to Sport. Coronavirus has not gone away – it’s important that guidance is followed and safety procedures are in place so these activities are safe for those taking part. The …

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July 13, 2020

3 Layer Face Coverings Mandatory on Public Transport from July 27th

This afternoon the First Minister for Wales announced some further changes to the Coronavirus regulations in force in Wales. Facemasks mandatory on public transport: From 27 July, you’ll need to wear a three-layer face covering when travelling on public transport in Wales, including taxis. For the moment, public transport should be used for essential journeys only – for critical workers …

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July 3, 2020

Puppy Smuggling Through COVID-19

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Dogs Trust have sadly seen that it has been ‘business as usual’ for puppy smugglers importing puppies into the country for sale. These puppies can travel on journeys of up to 33 hours from Central and Eastern Europe with no food, insufficient water and no toilet breaks. Worryingly, they have also been seeing emerging trends with …

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July 3, 2020

MOTs to Resume from August 1st in Wales

On 30 March, drivers were granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing.   Lockdown restrictions are easing, and all drivers with an MOT due from 1 August are being urged to book an MOT test. Please be aware – this is a legal requirement. Drivers who have an MOT test due before 1 August will still be granted the 6-month …

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June 19, 2020

DfID and Jo Cox’s Legacy – Great Get Together Weekend

In amongst the political noise this week, Tuesday marked the fourth anniversary of the murder of my friend, Jo Cox. On the same day, Boris Johnson chose to reinforce the Conservative’s nasty party reputation by announcing they are abolishing the Department for International Development. Jo was a champion for international development, a humanitarian who made it her mission to protect …

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