YOUR AM WRITES: Torfaen AM Lynne Neagle

4:03pm Thursday 28th August 2014

I'VE spoken out on various aspects of the UK Government’s welfare reform agenda in the past, but I’m really worried about plans that will see newly unemployed workers face a minimum five-week wait before they receive any financial help.

YOUR AM WRITES: Newport West AM Rosemary Butler

4:11pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

COMMEMORATIONS were held across Newport and across Wales recently to mark the start of the First World War.

YOUR MP WRITES: Newport West MP Paul Flynn

South Wales Argus: YOUR MP WRITES: Newport West MP, Paul Flynn

2:19pm Monday 25th August 2014

Surprises galore from NATO summit.

THE NEWSDESK: Workers facing the human cost of Avana's job losses

South Wales Argus: Avana Bakeries have been saved from closure.  Pictured is the Avana Bakeries sign on Wern Industrial Estate. (8025892)

2:36pm Sunday 24th August 2014

IT'S going to be a difficult autumn for the 390 workers being made redundant from Avana Bakeries in Rogerstone.

WEEKENDER: Beer, chocolate and wellies... festival fun being had by all

South Wales Argus: Reading Festival (9600870)

2:33pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

BY now, music fans at the Reading Festival will be waking up after the first full day and night's entertainment, ready for another few hours' slogging around the site eating unhealthily and possibly getting very wet.

COUCH POTATO: BB gets royal flush of all the usual suspects

South Wales Argus: Host Emma Willis welcomes Deirdre Kelly to the Celebrity Big Brother house at Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, at the start of the latest series of the Channel 5 programme. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 18, 2014. See PA story SHOWBIZ B

2:16pm Friday 22nd August 2014

IF THE TV summer of 2014 is remembered for anything, it’ll surely be the flash-in-the-pan fad for imitating royalty.

YOUR AM WRITES: Newport East AM John Griffiths

South Wales Argus: MM 11.7.11 STORY D DEANS 

2:05pm Thursday 21st August 2014

THE worrying trend of UK Coalition Government attacks on the trade union movement continues.

YOUR AM WRITES: South Wales East AM William Graham

South Wales Argus: Argus-Mark   Reporter-David  20-04-11
BMA Assembly elections hustings
William Graham (1307859)

11:55am Tuesday 19th August 2014

IN 2010 it was estimated that the Ryder Cup boosted the Welsh economy by more than £82m. The 2012 NATO Conference at Chicago saw £133m spent in the local economy, together with the generation of over 2,000 jobs.

YOUR MP WRITES: Blaenau Gwent MP Nick Smith

South Wales Argus: YOUR MP WRITES: Blaenau Gwent MP Nick Smith

11:52am Tuesday 19th August 2014

AS I WRITE this column, our students across South East Wales will be waking up on one of the most important days of their young lives as the A-Level results are published.

THE NEWSDESK: There's some kind of summit next month - have you heard?

South Wales Argus: Making the ingredients for the NATO sausage and burger
SUMMIT ELSE  Francesca Turner serves up the tasty NATO sausage in a roll to customers (8474494)

2:59pm Sunday 17th August 2014

THE sign on the M4, near the new Celtic Manor fence, said: "Nato Summit Sept 4-5. Plan ahead."

YOUR AM WRITES: South Wales East AM Lindsay Whittle

South Wales Argus: SubmittedLindsay Whittle (889033)

5:47pm Friday 15th August 2014


FIVE MINUTES WITH: Tony Kear, the chairman of Usk in Bloom

South Wales Argus:

6:29pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

If you had to be stuck in a lift with someone, who would it be and why?

YOUR AM WRITES: South Wales East AM Jocelyn Davies

6:19pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

ON THE last day of the Assembly term, Edwina Hart, the Transport Minister, dropped a bombshell - the Welsh Government is going ahead with plans to build the M4 relief road.

THE NEWSDESK: Enlarging the Westminster club is pure hypocrisy

3:11pm Sunday 10th August 2014

THERE are soon set to be 796 members of the House of Lords.

COUCH POTATO: Karaoke show on an airport travelator...

South Wales Argus: Alan Carr. The singer takes it all (9052326)

1:06pm Friday 8th August 2014

WE'RE all still finding our feet in this brave new world of social media.

YOUR AM WRITES: South Wales East AM Mohammad Ashgar

South Wales Argus: (9003038)

3:36pm Thursday 7th August 2014

WELSH Conservatives have continually called for an inquiry into the standard of care in the Welsh NHS, similar to the inquiry undertaken by Sir Bruce Keogh in England.

YOUR AM WRITES: Blaenau Gwent AM Alun Davies

South Wales Argus: ALUN DAVIES AM FOR BLAENAU GWENT (7742702)

4:41pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

This week marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.

YOUR MP WRITES: Jessica Morden MP

4:53pm Monday 4th August 2014

IT IS nearly 18 months since the Coalition Government brought in the bedroom tax. It’s worth pointing out that it was the Coalition, not just the Tories, who dreamt up this cruel policy, because just before Parliament went into recess, the Liberal Democrats tried to partially disown it.

YOUR AM WRITES: Monmouth AM Nick Ramsay

4:06pm Thursday 31st July 2014

“THE Moon’s a Balloon” - David Niven fans will instantly recognise the title of the dashing actor’s 1972 autobiography.

POLITICS FILE: Jobs scheme hailed success

South Wales Argus: Jobs Growth Wales story.IMPRESSIVE  Blackwood Engineering in Glandwr Industrial Estate has benefitted from JGW funding, where a worker has gained employment through the fund. Pictured on visited to the site is Blaenau Gwent AM, Alun Davies, (centre), flan

6:27pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

THE Jobs Growth Wales scheme has been hailed as one of the Welsh Government’s biggest success stories for both employers and jobseekers since its launch in 2012.

YOUR MP WRITES: Torfaen MP Paul Murphy

South Wales Argus: MP Paul Murphy (2995836)

5:12pm Monday 28th July 2014

A WISE former councillor once gave me an interesting piece of advice when visiting a local fete: never get given the job of judging a competition in your constituency. After all, he said, you’ll make one person happy by declaring them the winner. But you’ll disappoint far more people by not choosing them!

THE NEWSDESK: Back the athletes putting in the hard yards away from our TV screens

South Wales Argus: Wales's Elena Allen in action on her way to a Silver Medal in the Skeet Women Final at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Carnoustie, during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 25, 2014. See PA stor

1:48pm Sunday 27th July 2014

THE best thing about the Commonwealth Games, for me, isn't the appearance of sporting superstars like Usain Bolt.

WEEKENDER: Games’ feelgood spirit is a lesson for football

South Wales Argus: Members of the England team arrive during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 23, 2014. See PA story COMMONWEALTH Ceremony. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA

12:18pm Saturday 26th July 2014

WHEN I was a boy, the Commonwealth Games was as much an exercise in geography as a feast of sporting entertainment.


4:47pm Thursday 24th July 2014

AS THE Argus recently reported, I’ve persuaded colleagues on the Assembly’s Health and Social Care Committee to undertake a full-scale inquiry into ‘legal highs’ - or new psychoactive substances, as they are formally known.

YOUR AM WRITES: Newport West AM Rosemary Butler

4:12pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Summer is finally here, and it’s the perfect time to take advantage of the many exciting things to see and do in Newport.

YOUR MP WRITES: Islwyn MP Chris Evans

South Wales Argus: Islwyn MP visits reopened Cwmcarn High School

4:06pm Monday 21st July 2014

THIS past month I was honoured to be elected chair of the Down’s Syndrome All Party Parliamentary Group.

THE NEWSDESK: We need to apply common sense to the new M4 route

South Wales Argus: SUBMITTED
Pics of the Nevis Power development site at Newport Docks (8379682)

1:53pm Sunday 20th July 2014

THIS struck me the other night.

COUCH POTATO: ‘Prince’s’ hoax show was most enjoyable

South Wales Argus: I WANNA MARRY "HARRY": Summer love is in the air, as, Matthew Hicks, an average English "bloke" is given the royal treatment and an upper crust makeover before meeting 12 single American women searching for Prince Charm

1:29pm Friday 18th July 2014

WE’VE heard some whoppers on telly this week.

YOUR AM WRITES: Newport East AM John Griffiths

South Wales Argus: YOUR AM WRITES: Newport East AM John Griffiths

4:10pm Thursday 17th July 2014

OVER the last few months, many of us in Wales have noticed the increasing UK Coalition Government attacks on the NHS in Wales. These political attacks detract from the hard work of doctors and nurses across Wales whose efforts we all rely on, and cynically attempt to create harmful anxiety and division.

YOUR AM WRITES: South Wales East AM William Graham

South Wales Argus: Argus-Mark   Reporter-David  20-04-11
BMA Assembly elections hustings
William Graham (1307859)

4:32pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

ANOTHER series of traffic queues stretching beyond junctions 24 and 28, prompted me to make a further request for a statement on the M4 Relief Road.

YOUR MP WRITES: Newport West MP, Paul Flynn

South Wales Argus: YOUR MP WRITES: Newport West MP, Paul Flynn

4:23pm Monday 14th July 2014

THERE is a war on Newport jobs- from several directions.

COACH POTATO: Beautiful game wins despite the pundits

South Wales Argus: Brazil's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari talks to his players after the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Germany has routed host Brazil 7-1 and advanced to

2:51pm Friday 11th July 2014

AN ABSOLUTE shambles unfolded down in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday night for anyone who loves the beautiful game.

YOUR AM WRITES: South Wales East AM Lindsay Whittle

South Wales Argus: SubmittedLindsay Whittle (889033)

4:21pm Thursday 10th July 2014

PLAID Cymru led a debate in the Senedd about public service and the importance of governance and delivery.

FIVE MINUTES WITH: Turner Syndrome sufferer Kelly Horton

South Wales Argus: Kelly Horton

6:20pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

Kelly Horton is the mum of Kara-Jay Horton who suffers from a rare condition called Turner Syndrome causing her problems with growth.

POLITICS FILE: Plans come together for No to Nato Newport protests

South Wales Argus: Newport NATO Summit Logo (7529320)

3:25pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

In the shadow of the preparations for the main summit, a coalition of peace activists are planning protests and other activities to offer an alternative to the defence conference.

YOUR AM WRITES: South Wales East AM, Jocelyn Davies

South Wales Argus: (7921537)

5:13pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

LAST week I gave up tickets I had to Monty Python Live to go to the Assembly debate on the Housing Bill.

YOUR MP WRITES: Blaenau Gwent MP Nick Smith

South Wales Argus: YOUR MP WRITES: Blaenau Gwent MP Nick Smith

4:12pm Monday 7th July 2014

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.

THE NEWSDESK: Stop keeping the people of Newport in the dark about the Nato summit

South Wales Argus: Traffic Chaos after tanker crash in the Brynglas Tunnels in Newport. The Southern Distributor Road at Llanwern is gridlocked following the closure of the M4 on Tuesday morning. (3545845)

3:41pm Sunday 6th July 2014

IT IS now very clear that the Nato summit will bring significant disruption to residents and businesses in Newport.

WEEKENDER: We should celebrate sporty youngsters

South Wales Argus: There off. The National Trust Easter egg hunt at Tredegar House, Newport. L-R Isla Williams 8  Carys Salter 9 and Joe Salter 7  (7859636)

11:05am Saturday 5th July 2014

CYNICS among us will be saying that with Andy Murray crashing out of Wimbledon, it is a good job it is a World Cup finals year, to provide a boost in the battle to get children out and playing sport.

FIVE MINUTES WITH: Peter Fox, leader of Monmouthshire council

South Wales Argus: Sir Terry Matthews (3112844)

6:00pm Friday 4th July 2014

1.If you had to be stuck in a lift with someone, who would it be and why?

COUCH POTATO: Things are breaking bad in Albert Square

South Wales Argus: WARNING: Embargoed for publication until: 30/06/2014 - Programme Name: EastEnders - TX: 08/07/2014 - Episode: EastEnders - 4886 (No. 4886) - Picture Shows: Mick, Lee, Johnny, Tina and Nancy dress as The Spice Girls and sing to Linda for her birthday! Nanc

2:59pm Friday 4th July 2014

IN the hit US drama Breaking Bad, a chemistry teacher stricken with cancer turns to crime, selling drugs to provide for his family.

EDITOR'S CHAIR: If you are a public servant, your first duty is to the public

South Wales Argus: Alun Davies (7742658)

10:01am Thursday 3rd July 2014

THERE is a golden rule to which all public servants should be bound.

YOUR AM WRITES: South Wales East AM Mohammad Asghar

South Wales Argus: (7792998)

4:09pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

LAST month it became a criminal offence in England and Wales to force people into marriage, punishable by up to seven years in prison.

YOUR AM WRITES: Blaenau Gwent AM Alun Davies

South Wales Argus: MM 14.7.11 STORY NAT C

4:09pm Monday 30th June 2014

IT’S been a busy few weeks at the Senedd, with a host of new initiatives being announced to help stimulate employment, improve our health service and continue to support our servicemen and women here in Wales.

THE NEWSDESK: It is time we took back the city centre from trouble-makers

South Wales Argus: CSO Perrie Di Ronato and CSO Jack Purcell patrol Newport city centre (7631676)

1:23pm Sunday 29th June 2014

IT'S heartening to see that the moves to put the heart back in our city centre also include steps to take it back from trouble-makers.

WEEKENDER: A real buzz about the contest’s underdogs

South Wales Argus: Belgium's Nicolas Lombaerts blocks a shot by South Korea's Koo Ja-cheol during the group H World Cup soccer match between South Korea and Belgium at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

11:31am Saturday 28th June 2014

AS I begin to type this column, I am accompanied by a chorus of oooooooohs, aaaaaaahs and eeeeeeehs from the living room, as Lady Weekender and our eldest son tune into the latest World Cup match.

FIVE MINUTES WITH: Dale Rooke, deputy mayor of Chepstow

South Wales Argus: L-R Councillor Dale Rooke, town clerk Sandra Bushell, mayor Stephanie Dovey, Councillors Peter Farley and Hilary Beach with the prize hamper                              (1016807)

3:43pm Friday 27th June 2014

If you had to be stuck in a lift with someone, who would it be and why?

YOUR AM WRITES: Islwyn AM Gwyn Price

4:12pm Thursday 26th June 2014

We should always be proud of the National Health service and the tremendous work done by thousands of staff across Wales. This means recognising and celebrating progress when we see it.

YOUR PCC WRITES: Gwent's Police and Crime Commissioner, Ian Johnston

South Wales Argus: (7468997)

4:27pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

ONE of the key achievements I’m most proud of since I came into office is my decision to reopen and extend the opening hours of front desks at several police stations throughout Gwent.

YOUR MP WRITES: Newport East MP Jessica Morden

4:55pm Monday 23rd June 2014

Holidays are often the highlight of the year for many people.

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