It is six months since the election in May when I became your Member of Parliament. In the last half year I have met with hundreds of constituents at my surgeries, had correspondence from many more and been to visit or meet with a huge range of local organisations to find out about their work in Cardiff Central. 

In my first six months as your MP, my team and I have helped over 1500 constituents with a huge range of issues. The most frequent casework issues my team and I have dealt with are immigration and asylum issues, and some of the most common policy enquiries I have had are about the environment. My biggest post bag was on the difficult issue of Assisted Dying, but I have also had a large amount of correspondence about the cuts to Tax Credits, the repeal of the Fox Hunting ban and the ongoing debate about possible air strikes in Syria. This chart shows some of the issues most frequently raised by constituents: 

Here’s the full breakdown of contacts by type and category: 

Category  Casework %  Policy Enquiries % 
Agriculture, animals, food and rural affairs  1.96  25.11 
Asylum, immigration and nationality  21.08  0.13 
Business, industry and consumers  0.49  2.05 
Communities and families  7.84  0.90 
Crime, civil law, justice and rights  6.37  5.51 
CSA  0.98  0.00 
Culture, charities, media and sport  0.49  3.97 
Defence  0.00  37.80 
Economy and finance  0.49  0.00 
Education  3.43  0.32 
Employment and training  2.45  0.77 
Energy, utilities and environment  1.47  4.74 
European Union  0.00  0.00 
Health services and medicine  4.41  7.37 
HMRC  1.96  0.13 
Housing and planning  14.71  0.13 
International affairs  1.47  3.59 
Local Government  19.61  0.06 
Parliament, government and politics  0.49  2.88 
Science and technology  0.98  0.00 
Social security and pensions  2.94  1.09 
Social services and social care  0.98  0.38 
Tax credits  0.49  2.88 
Transport  4.90  0.19 

I hope to be able to meet and help many more constituents over the next few years. If you would like to get in touch, please contact my office or pop in to one of my advice surgeries. 

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