YOUR MP WRITES: Blaenau Gwent MP Nick Smith
4:12pm Monday 7th July 2014 in News
Although the summer is now well and truly upon us there is still plenty to talk about in Parliament, with several of my consumer campaigns coming into national focus of late.
You’d have had to have been living under a rock not to notice there is a World Cup and Wimbledon going on, making this month a fantastic one for sport.
But the sky-high ticket prices of their respected finals will soon rear their heads, and it reminds us how hundreds of events are prone to these abusive ticket touting prices
A recent Which? investigation found that ticketing companies can add up to 37% to the face value of a ticket for music and theatre events in booking and delivery fees.
That is just not on.
I challenged the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills whether they are confident consumers are getting a good deal, but all they could talk about is ensuring a “vibrant market”.
I will continue to challenge the Government until they face up to the realities of the internet spivs denying fans a fair deal.
From one market needing examination to another after Wonga was forced to pay back millions to customers they had sent letters to from non-existent law firms.
One colleague’s suggestion that they should be forced to bow to their own severe interest charges and pay back trillions is sadly impossible.
The company were very communicative a year ago when I obtained numbers showing Blaenau Gwent borrowed more than a million from them in a twelve-month period.
This time around, they are noticeable in their silence as I continue to pursue this year’s numbers.
For a company that prided itself on transparency, it now needs to take a look in the mirror to face up to the realities of the payday loan culture.
Finally, the massive turnouts for Armed Forces Day across Gwent are really something to be proud of.
With places such as Tredegar now seeing more than 1,000 people pay their respects, it is a day that has really captured the imaginations of people of all generations.
This being the centenary of World War One adds a particular poignancy to proceedings, but other years should be no less poignant.
There are still many theatres of war to this day where men and women put their lives at risk to serve this country.
They deserve our utmost respect not just this year, but every year.