November 2018 Newsletter

My November newsletter is out now, with news from Aberavon and from Parliament. Continue reading

Ask Her To Stand

It was lovely meeting my constituent Nicola Irwin who was visiting Parliament on the centenary of the Qualifications of Women Act and the Ask Her To Stand day. The day was designed to encourage and give women the confidence to stand for elected office either locally or nationally. It is inspiring to know that the hundreds of women visiting Parliament today may one day be sitting in the House! 

Baglan Coffee Morning 2018

It was a busy morning at Baglan Library for my coffee morning with David Rees AM and local Councillors Carol Clement and Suzanne Renkes. Spoke with residents about bus services, private medical treatment and the quality of new build housing.

Jonah Lomu Legacy Match

It was a privilege to be at the Quins ground for the Jonah Lomu legacy match. There was a great atmosphere there to mark ten years since the New Zealand legend played for Aberavon Naval club in a charity exhibition match. There was entertainment from Cymric Welsh Male Voice Choir, Lily Duncan sang the National Anthem, music from a brass band, and embers of the Fijian & Tongan communities of Britain performed a traditional Maori War Dance. It was a fitting tribute to a legend of the game who gave his time to help a local team.  Continue reading

Port Talbot Foodbank Visit

I visited the Foodbank in Carmel Chapel to see first-hand the great work they do to support the most vulnerable in our town. It was great to be able to run a surgery there and offer some advice to constituents and grow our links with the foodbank to support them in every way I can.

Ysgol Cwm Brombil Visit

It was great to join First Minister Carwyn Jones and David Rees AM on a visit to the newly opened Ysgol Cwm Brombil. We were taken on a well-informed tour by the school’s prefects and had a great chat about how the new facilities are working for them. It was wonderful to see the school’s new layout preparing for the incoming new curriculum in Wales and the innovative the school has incorporated independent study and group study.   Ysgol Cwm Brombil is an amazing 21st century school, showing the Welsh Labour Government and Neath Port Talbot Council once again delivering vital investment in our community, and in our future generations.  Continue reading

Port Talbot Street Surgery

It was great to be out and about in Port Talbot ward with our brilliant team of local councillors, Cllr Saif Rahaman, Cllr Sharon Freeguard and Cllr Dennis Keogh, and activists. Lots of good chats on the doorsteps, and plenty of local issues to follow up on!  Continue reading

Brexit Impact On Security Policy Development

The Committee for Exiting the European Union examined the impact of Brexit on security policy, it heard from Camino Mortera-Martinez, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for European Reform and Sir Rob Wainwright, former Executive Director, Europol. I asked about and EEA-based Brexit, extradition and access to the EU justice and home affairs databases Continue reading

Westminster Must Not Use Brexit And The End Of The EU’s Regional Funding As An Opportunity To Short-Change The Poorest Parts Of The UK

In a Westminster Hall debate on the Shared Prosperity Fund and Wales I spoke about how this cannot be a financial or a power grab and the work of the APPG on post-Brexit funding for nations, regions and local areas. You can read the APPG report of an initial inquiry into the UK Shared Prosperity Fund here  Continue reading

Shared Policy Fund Decisions Should Be Devolved

Intervening in the Westminster Hall debate on the Shared Prosperity fund, I called for decisions to be devolved, empowering local authorities, local stakeholders and practitioners who know what works best in their communities. Continue reading