Voting is now open for the Fields in Trust UK's Best Park award.
I was very pleased to see Roath Park nominated in the Wales category.
Voting closes at 5pm on Friday 3rd November and the winner of UK's Best Park 2017 will be announced at the Fields in Trust Awards at Lord's Cricket Ground on Wednesday 29th November.
Once you have voted, you can help support the campaign by tweeting using #LoveYourLocalPark.
Voting is now open for the Fields in Trust UK's Best Park award. I was very pleased to see Roath Park nominated in the Wales category. Voting closes...
Dates for my advice surgeries around Cardiff Central in November have now been confirmed.
Thursday 2nd November 3.30pm - 4.30pm Cyncoed
Rhydypennau Library, Llandennis Road, CF23 6EG
Friday 10th November 4pm - 6pm Roath
Constituency Office, 116 Albany Road, Cardiff CF24 3RU
Friday 17th November 1pm - 2pm Adamsdown
St German’s Church Hall, Star Street, Adamsdown CF24 1LA
Friday 24th November 3pm - 4pm Llanedeyrn
Powerhouse Hub, Roundwood, Llanedeyrn, CF23 9PN
Saturday 25th November 10am - 11am Roath
Penylan Library, Penylan Road, CF23 5HW
Saturday 25th November 11am - 12 noon Cathays
Cathays Library, Fairoak Road CF24 4PW
In addition to these dates, my staff team run a specific Immigration Clinic, every Wednesday from 11am - 12 noon at my Constituency Office, 116 Albany Road, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3RU. These sessions for specifically for Home Office and immigration queries.
If you are unable to attend any of the dates above, my staff team are always available to assist. You can get in touch by calling 02921 329736 or by emailing email@example.com - or by calling into my constituency office at 116 Albany Road, Roath, Cardiff, CF24 3RU - we are open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, except on Thursdays when we close at 12.30pm.
Dates for my advice surgeries around Cardiff Central in November have now been confirmed. Thursday 2nd November 3.30pm - 4.30pm Cyncoed Rhydypennau Library, Llandennis Road, CF23 6EG Friday 10th November...
The Aviva Community Fund awards funding of up to £25,000 for local community projects across a range of categories such as health & wellbeing, skills for life and community support.
All applications have now been received and winners will be chosen from those that receive the most votes from the public.
a number of fantastic community projects based in Cardiff Central have applied for this fund. To see them, please click here and type your location in the “find projects near to” box to get a full list.
You have 10 votes in total and you can choose to give all 10 to a single project or split them between a number of projects.
Voting is open until 21st November and winners will be announced in January.
The Aviva Community Fund awards funding of up to £25,000 for local community projects across a range of categories such as health & wellbeing, skills for life and community support. ...
There are many thousands of international students in Cardiff Central and across the UK who benefit from the Erasmus+ programme as well as students from the UK who go to study at Universities abroad. I asked the Immigration Minister in the event of Britain crashing out of the EU with ‘no deal’ could he give any reassurance to international students on Erasmus+ about what will happen to them on day of exit.
It is vital that students coming to the UK and UK students going abroad for the 2018/2019 academic year, which overlaps with our scheduled exit date from the EU, know what is going to happen to them. Yet again, it doesn’t look like the Government has any plan in place.
You can watch my question and the Minister’s response here;
There are many thousands of international students in Cardiff Central and across the UK who benefit from the Erasmus+ programme as well as students from the UK who go...
Can you do CPR and use a defibrillator?
I couldn’t, but this week I was trained to do both with Welsh Hearts in a meeting Room in Parliament. Welsh Hearts had come to explain to MPs from across Wales why public access defibrillators are so important in saving lives. Learning how to administer CPR and use the defibrillator was so straightforward, I felt guilty that I had not learned how to do this before.
Heart failure and cardiac arrests are a major killer in Wales. They are often associated with older people but undiagnosed heart conditions can kill apparently healthy young people and children too. And of course, someone can suffer a cardiac arrest anywhere at anytime. It can take just a few minutes for the brain to be fatally starved of oxygen so the speed at which someone is given emergency resuscitation by CPR and a defibrillator is critical.
The Welsh Hearts charity has helped to place 853 defibrillators in Welsh communities, 30,524 people have been trained in CPR and they have helped set up a heart screening programme which has already seen 1400 18 – 35 year olds to detect heart abnormalities. The charity is also endorsed by the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust and every police force in Wales.
The Welsh Government is also working hard in this area, recognising that a person’s chance of survival drops by 10% for every minute they are in an out of hospital cardiac rest. A new ambulance response system has been trialled targeting the most serious cases, which has had a positive effect on response times. Welsh Hearts are keen that all children learn these first aid techniques and the Welsh Government has been promoting first aid training in schools and across services.
Welsh Hearts’ work means that more defibrillators can be placed in more communities and more people can be trained to give life saving emergency resuscitation.
I hope I won’t ever be in a situation where someone’s life is about to be lost, but now I have learnt these new skills I will be ready to use them.
Can you do CPR and use a defibrillator? I couldn’t, but this week I was trained to do both with Welsh Hearts in a meeting Room in Parliament. Welsh Hearts...
Together with over 120 MPs I've written to David Davis, the Brexit Secretary asking him to publish the findings of an analysis the government has carried out on what the impacts of leaving the European Union will be on 50 sectors of the economy.
Despite numerous questions from MPs and repeated Freedom of Information requests the Government has refused to release them. With the parlous state of the negotiations between the UK and the European Union, the likelihood of us leaving the EU in March 2019 without any deal and little or no information about what it is expected this will mean for our economy, jobs and future seems more probable.
We need to know and understand the risks we imminently face. By withholding the information, the Tory government is unnecessarily adding to peoples' uncertainty and worry about what is ahead of us. This government secrecy also gives the Tory hard Brexiteers free reign to spread their claims about life post Brexit uncontested by proper evidence.
We need to know what risks the Government knows it is running, and the sooner we know the better. The clock is ticking.
The letter is reproduced below;
Together with over 120 MPs I've written to David Davis, the Brexit Secretary asking him to publish the findings of an analysis the government has carried out on what the...
Yes, fight to save your library, but don't forget the real reason why it's under threat.
Since the start of the 2010 Lib Dem Tory coalition government, libraries across the country have been faced with closure.
This Libraries Week I'm celebrating our local libraries in Cardiff Central.
Yes, fight to save your library, but don't forget the real reason why it's under threat. Since the start of the 2010 Lib Dem Tory coalition government, libraries across the... Read more
Pressure from activists and Labour MPs has forced the Government into another u-turn. In the face of massive public support for a full ban on the ivory trade the Government has said it will launch a consultation on banning the ivory trade in antiques in the UK. It has repeatedly promised this before, but caved into to pressure from the antiques lobby before the June election and removed the pledge from its manifesto.
This zombie Government has once again been forced into a u-turn by Labour backed by the support of the public. As with the contaminated blood scandal inquiry, trying to deal with the housing shortage and tackling tuition fees, the Tories are trying to play catch up with Labour’s manifesto which pledged a total ban on the ivory trade.
An ivory trade ban has huge public support, with 95% of respondents polled in a YouGov survey (April 2017) saying they had no interest in buying antique ivory. This is in response the hundreds of thousands of elephants that are poached for their ivory, over 144,000 elephants were killed between 2009 and 2016. This is an ongoing massacre of the largest land mammal in the world. Yet, the poachers need a method of sale, this is often on the black market but the UKs legal market in antique ivory is another option. The antiques market in the UK is riddled with ivory that has been artificially aged to look antique and proper testing is prohibitively expensive, making it exceedingly difficult to reveal fraud. The existence of the legal market in antiques also provides cover to the black market as traders can discourage further investigation by claiming that they only deal in legal antique ivory. We can only eliminated the black market in ivory by removing this cover.
This past weekend marked the fourth annual Global March for Elephants and Rhinos, with people in over 100 cities across the world uniting in the call to save these endangered iconic species and to ban all trade in their tusks and horns. Unless we put a stop to such trade across the globe, the poaching of these animals will continue until they disappear altogether from the wild. I will, together with Labour colleagues and activists, keep up the pressure to ensure the Government follows up on this consultation with clear and comprehensive legislation. I have signed a joint letter to the Prime Minister to ask that she move to ban the domestic trade in ivory in the United Kingdom.
A ban would not be directed at pre-existing pieces in museums and family heirlooms of personal value, but at ending the legal commercial trade in ivory in the UK. The UK is the largest exporter of legal ivory in the world, servicing large markets in China and Hong Kong and providing a back door route to those markets now they have committed to closing their domestic ivory markets.
I hope that together we will be able to make this change a reality.
Pressure from activists and Labour MPs has forced the Government into another u-turn. In the face of massive public support for a full ban on the ivory trade the...
As has been widely reported, the Iranian Government have brought new charges against Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe, which could extend her stay in Iranian jail by up to 16 years. My Labour colleague Tulip Siddiq MP has described these charges as 'an outrage and must not be allowed to stand.'
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard have subjected Nazanin to illegal arbitrary detention for the best part of 18 months, and the new spurious charges against her underline their callous disregard for her human rights.
These developments are particularly cruel at a time when her family had increasingly hoped that she would be granted temporary release. With the possibility of 16 years being added to her sentence, I urge the Foreign Secretary to intervene properly and ensure Nazanin is brought home.
There is a clear pattern of Iran treating British dual nationals in this way, and the Government’s approach to the Iranian Authorities seems to be doing little to improve their plight.
I urge Foreign Secretary to formally call for Nazanin's timely release. The Government's lack of progress in securing Nazanin's release has been extremely frustrating, I know there are campaigners up and down the country calling for her release.
As has been widely reported, the Iranian Government have brought new charges against Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe, which could extend her stay in Iranian jail by up to 16 years. My...
Recently I received an email from the Managing Director of Great Western Railway explaining the need for extra engineering works in the Reading area in preparation for further electrification of the line due to take place on the weekend of the 14th and 15th of October. Trains therefore will not be running into London Paddington during this time. He has stressed that unfortunately it is not possible to divert trains to another main line station in London so a bus replacement service will be in operation between Reading and London Paddington. Alternatively trains will be running from Reading to London Waterloo, however some trains will not be running and other journeys will take longer. Customers are advised to factor these delays into their journey time.
A broad outline of all services affected can be found on the GWR website by clicking here or visiting www.gwr.com/reading2017.
Customers should note that online journey planners have not yet been updated with revised train times. Network Rail hope to complete this early next week. GWR will update their Reading 2017 page when that process has been completed.
Recently I received an email from the Managing Director of Great Western Railway explaining the need for extra engineering works in the Reading area in preparation for further electrification of...