YOUR AM WRITES: Gwyn Price, AM for Islwyn

IT IS always nice to look back on another busy year. As you can imagine I am invited to numerous events in the course of a year, I would like to share with you some of my favourites from this year and give you a flavour of what life is like for a constituency AM.

Before I do so can I say that if I have not mentioned a particular event here it is because of the confines of space.

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of joining many others at the ceremony to mark the completion of phase one of the Newbridge Memo restoration. The Memo is a building we all have special memories of and after many years of hard work by the dedicated committee, it is great to see the restoration under way and I look forward to seeing the rest of the work completed.

I have mentioned my family connection to the mining industry in this column before, so one of the high points of the year for me was being invited to the unveiling of the national mining memorial in Senghenydd. The memorial pays tribute to miners who died in the disaster there as well as all those who lost their lives across the Welsh coalfield. Black gold as it was known shaped our communities but also incurred terrible cost.

It is always nice to visit local schools or to welcome school children to the National Assembly. In October I visited Ynysddu Primary to see the work being done to develop nurture groups. These groups help children with a history of behavioural problems to get the most out of their schooling. We all know how important education is and I congratulate all involved with this project.

I visited Pontllanfraith Sainsbury’s where they were collecting toys as part of the active kids programme for their charity partner Trinity Fields School and resource centre. The event has really summed up for me how special the festive season is for children.

I read in these pages about the disappearance of Argus employee Ben Caplan and would like to say I hope he is returned to his family safe and well and that our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

As usual in lieu of Christmas cards I have made a donation to Ty Hafan.

Finally I would like to wish all a happy and prosperous new year.

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4:42pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Stormin Norman says...

Is Gwyn Price the laziest AM in Wales?

For an AM who can lst his achievements in a newspaper column you should be ashamed.

Obviously when he's not speaking in the assembly (most of the time) he's busy doing his shopping in Sainsburys - other supermarkets also available!

Why is he attending events in Senghenydd - doesn't he realist that ths isn't even in his constituency?

Gwyn, you really are an embarrassment and should retire to the bowls club once and for all and allow someone who wants to work for the people of Islwyn to take over.

I thought that Irene James was useless, but you take some beating!

A disgruntled resident of newbridge (which is actually in your constituency if youre unsure!!)
Is Gwyn Price the laziest AM in Wales? For an AM who can lst his achievements in a newspaper column you should be ashamed. Obviously when he's not speaking in the assembly (most of the time) he's busy doing his shopping in Sainsburys - other supermarkets also available! Why is he attending events in Senghenydd - doesn't he realist that ths isn't even in his constituency? Gwyn, you really are an embarrassment and should retire to the bowls club once and for all and allow someone who wants to work for the people of Islwyn to take over. I thought that Irene James was useless, but you take some beating! A disgruntled resident of newbridge (which is actually in your constituency if youre unsure!!) Stormin Norman

5:42pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Abertillery29 says...

Shouldn't he be commenting on the ongoing crisis at Caerphilly CBC?
Shouldn't he be commenting on the ongoing crisis at Caerphilly CBC? Abertillery29

6:56pm Tue 7 Jan 14

westender says...

Abertillery29 wrote:
Shouldn't he be commenting on the ongoing crisis at Caerphilly CBC?
Crisis? what crisis?
[quote][p][bold]Abertillery29[/bold] wrote: Shouldn't he be commenting on the ongoing crisis at Caerphilly CBC?[/p][/quote]Crisis? what crisis? westender

7:32pm Tue 7 Jan 14

On the inside says...

Stormin Norman wrote:
Is Gwyn Price the laziest AM in Wales?

For an AM who can lst his achievements in a newspaper column you should be ashamed.

Obviously when he's not speaking in the assembly (most of the time) he's busy doing his shopping in Sainsburys - other supermarkets also available!

Why is he attending events in Senghenydd - doesn't he realist that ths isn't even in his constituency?

Gwyn, you really are an embarrassment and should retire to the bowls club once and for all and allow someone who wants to work for the people of Islwyn to take over.

I thought that Irene James was useless, but you take some beating!

A disgruntled resident of newbridge (which is actually in your constituency if youre unsure!!)
Then move you're not welcome.
[quote][p][bold]Stormin Norman[/bold] wrote: Is Gwyn Price the laziest AM in Wales? For an AM who can lst his achievements in a newspaper column you should be ashamed. Obviously when he's not speaking in the assembly (most of the time) he's busy doing his shopping in Sainsburys - other supermarkets also available! Why is he attending events in Senghenydd - doesn't he realist that ths isn't even in his constituency? Gwyn, you really are an embarrassment and should retire to the bowls club once and for all and allow someone who wants to work for the people of Islwyn to take over. I thought that Irene James was useless, but you take some beating! A disgruntled resident of newbridge (which is actually in your constituency if youre unsure!!)[/p][/quote]Then move you're not welcome. On the inside

7:36am Wed 8 Jan 14

regaturn says...

Sounds like he had some lovely days out, well worth his wage and allowances! NOT!!!
Sounds like he had some lovely days out, well worth his wage and allowances! NOT!!! regaturn

10:28am Thu 9 Jan 14

Daz Mondeo says...

Here's a couple of events I would like to invite you to:

The opening of my pay packet at the end of each gruelling month and the warm, glowing, joyous expression I have when I see how much of my salary goes in deductions so that the Political class can work such wonders as the ones you mention above.

Or what about this one: Me going to Sainsburys (no to buy food, I can't afford such luxuries partly for reasons stated above) and wondering how the hell I'm going to get to work on the amount of fuel I can't really afford to put in my car.

Perhaps you would like to accept my invitation to this event: Me wading through the river that regularly flows down my street after I have been told that the drainage system is more than adequate to cope with the rainfall that we have each year.

Or maybe you would like to attend this: The grand daily unveiling of the entire contents of my wardrobe which I have to wear in effort to try and stay warm because I can no longer afford to pay the exorbitant energy bills.

And if that has not provided you with a fun packed week, then I would like to cordially invite you to the remainder of the month whereby I am trying to survive on next to absolutely nothing...

Please Mr Gwyn Price, AM for Islwyn R.S.V.P. I really look forward to seeing you...
Here's a couple of events I would like to invite you to: The opening of my pay packet at the end of each gruelling month and the warm, glowing, joyous expression I have when I see how much of my salary goes in deductions so that the Political class can work such wonders as the ones you mention above. Or what about this one: Me going to Sainsburys (no to buy food, I can't afford such luxuries partly for reasons stated above) and wondering how the hell I'm going to get to work on the amount of fuel I can't really afford to put in my car. Perhaps you would like to accept my invitation to this event: Me wading through the river that regularly flows down my street after I have been told that the drainage system is more than adequate to cope with the rainfall that we have each year. Or maybe you would like to attend this: The grand daily unveiling of the entire contents of my wardrobe which I have to wear in effort to try and stay warm because I can no longer afford to pay the exorbitant energy bills. And if that has not provided you with a fun packed week, then I would like to cordially invite you to the remainder of the month whereby I am trying to survive on next to absolutely nothing... Please Mr Gwyn Price, AM for Islwyn R.S.V.P. I really look forward to seeing you... Daz Mondeo

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