February 27, 2020

Re-elected Unopposed to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee

I’m delighted to have been re-elected unopposed to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee for the Parliamentary term. Over the past two years, DCMS Committee work has been a big part of my Parliamentary work. Since initially joining the Committee in 2017, we’ve completed groundbreaking inquiries into topics such as Live Music, Online Harms, Immersive Technologies and …

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February 26, 2020

Justice Week 2020

It was a pleasure today to attend an event in Parliament to celebrate Justice Week 2020. Justice Week 2020 runs from Monday 24 to Friday 28 February. The aim is to improve access to justice by boosting the profile of justice and the rule of law, placing them at the centre stage of public and political debate. As an ex-solicitor …

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February 18, 2020

Funding Available via the National Lottery Community Fund

Funding is available for good causes in Cardiff Central via the National Lottery Community Fund. People use this funding to do extraordinary things, taking the lead to improve their lives and communities. The NLCF has two main avenues of funding – –          National Lottery Awards for All – a small and simple grant programme, which awards grants from £300 to £10,000. This …

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February 11, 2020

Supporting the Axe the Reading Tax Campaign

Earlier today I met campaigners from the ‘Axe the Reading Tax’ campaign and signed the pledge in support of their campaign. The campaign is lobbying to remove the illogical levy of VAT (currently 20%) on digital publications including ebooks and audiobooks, which creates an unfair disparity in the way digital and printed books are taxed. The result is that people …

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February 7, 2020

Answers to my Written Parliamentary Questions (Jan 30th – February 5th)

Every week I submit a number of Written Parliamentary Questions to Government Ministers. These written questions allow me to ask government ministers for information on the work, policy and activities of government departments alongside Oral Question Time sessions in the House of Commons. You can see all of my previous Written Parliamentary Questions, their answers, and all of my contributions …

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January 27, 2020

Backing USDAW’s Campaign to Protect Shop Workers from Violence

Usdaw, the trade union representing shop workers is calling for new legislation to protect shop workers from violence. Statistics released by the Office of National Statistics last week show a 14% rise in the number of police recorded incidents of shoplifting in England and Wales over the last decade, which Usdaw highlight as the main trigger for violence, threats and …

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January 24, 2020

My Weekly Round-Up

I started the week in Parliament listening to Gordon Brown speaking at a Hope Not Hate event about the future of the Union. As always, Gordon spoke expertly, knowledgeably and passionately about the future of the UK and the importance of keeping Scotland with us. He’s a remarkable public speaker, and one of the biggest advocates of Scotland’s place in …

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October 18, 2019

Backing the Bloodwise campaign to stop delays to blood cancer diagnosis

I’m proud to be supporting a campaign to reduce the number of blood cancer patients who experience potentially life-threatening delays to diagnosis. This week, I met with representatives from the blood cancer charity Bloodwise in Parliament on Wednesday (16 October) who have launched a new report into the issue. A significant number of people in Cardiff Central are affected by …

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October 7, 2019

Have Your Say on Public Services in Cardiff: Ask Cardiff 2019

Ask Cardiff is an annual survey undertaken by Cardiff Council.  The survey gives people living and working in Cardiff and those visiting the city the chance to share their experiences of public services: the good experiences and where things could be improved. By taking around 10 minutes to complete this survey, you will help Cardiff Council to: · better understand …

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