September 3, 2019

‘Give a Day to Policing’ – On Patrol with South Wales Police

One of my priorities since being elected has been to campaign for more funding and specifically, additional capital city funding (like London receives) for our Police. I’ve taken part in the ‘Give A Day To Policing’ campaign, a national campaign to get MPs to shadow local police to understand more about what they do and the challenges they face. I’ve spent …

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June 22, 2018

Sports Tourism in Cardiff

This week at Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Questions, I asked the Department when they were going to allow Cardiff to grow even further and thrive as a hub for sports tourism. Cardiff has proven itself to be an ideal venue for international sports events, as seen by last year’s Champions League Final, but this Government is holding us back. …

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May 22, 2018

Banning Letting Agency Fees

My constituency, Cardiff Central, has the fifth highest proportion of private renters of any constituency in the UK. Almost 37% of Cardiff Central constituents live in private rented accommodation. So the issue of unfair letting agency fees is never far from my mind. My constituency surgeries are frequently attended by people suffering at the hands of unscrupulous landlords and agents, who …

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May 2, 2018

Why Our City Should Have Capital City Police Funding

In Parliament today I challenged the Secretary of State for Wales on the Tory Government’s police funding cuts and the fact that our police force does not get recognised as a capital city force attracting specific additional funding.   Cardiff, usually Cardiff Central, hosts more than 400 major events a year at an additional cost of at least £3 million annually. That’s the …

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March 19, 2018

Speech in Welsh Affairs Debate

Today I spoke in the rescheduled Welsh Affairs Debate, which should have taken place on St David’s Day but had to be postponed due to the snow and extreme weather. It was important to me to speak not just about the Wales of here and now, but about our future. You can watch my speech or read the transcript below.

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January 25, 2018

Business Questions – Air Passenger Duty

This morning I attended Cardiff Airport’s annual report briefing to Members of Parliament. Cardiff Airport, which is publicly owned by the Welsh Labour Government, has gone from strength to strength, showing a nearly 50% growth since it was taken into public ownership, along with new airlines and routes every year. Allowing the rates of Air Passenger Duty (the tax applied …

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November 16, 2017

DCMS Questions – S4C Review

This morning I questioned the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the independent review the department has commissioned into the future of S4C. Euryn Ogwen Williams’ review will look at all aspects of the Welsh-language broadcaster and make recommendations for government on its future. S4C are expected to lose £9 million of funding over the next …

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September 8, 2017

Fair Funding For Wales

The past seven years of Tory & Lib Dem austerity have taken many of our public services to the brink – especially council services. And dedicated public sector workers have borne the brunt of this destructive and disastrous political choice. Because that’s what it is; a political choice not an economic necessity. And whilst money gets poured into England for …

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August 1, 2017

Investing in the Transport Infrastructure Cardiff Needs

Last week the government tried to sneak out its announcement that the mainline from Cardiff to Swansea won’t be electrified, despite numerous promises over a long period of time that it would be. This is the latest in a long catalogue of delay, disregard and decision making that ignores Wales and our infrastructure needs. Since being elected in 2015, I …

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July 20, 2017

Wales and the Queen’s Speech – My Westminster Hall Debate

Taking the fight to the Government in a Debate on Wales and the Queen’s Speech   Alongside Labour MPs from across Wales, I led a debate on the impact of the UK Government’s policies on Wales.   In the face of a poor turn out from Government MPs we covered topics including the impact of Brexit on women in Wales, …

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