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.

THE NEWSDESK: Wales have to re-write the script in South Africa

South Wales Argus: DEJA  VU: Wales v South Africa

3:06pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

IT'S like deja vu all over again.

WEEKENDER: England’s woes have an entertaining side

South Wales Argus: England fans are left dejected after the final whistle during the Group D match the Estadio do Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 19, 2014. See PA Story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/P

1:44pm Saturday 21st June 2014

THE ceremonial tearing up of my England ticket - drawn out of the hat for the office World Cup sweepstake – has been carried out.

COUCH POTATO: Plenty of goals and gaffes at World Cup

South Wales Argus: BBC World Cup pundits (7322420)

2:33pm Friday 20th June 2014

WHEN is a goal not a goal but also a goal at the same time?

YOUR AM WRITES: Torfaen AM Lynne Neagle

4:38pm Thursday 19th June 2014

ALTHOUGH I knew there had been a lot of interest in advance of the ‘Funding Advice Day’ I held at the Congress Theatre in Cwmbran earlier this month, it was still quite a shock to see people queuing down the stairs to the venue when I arrived.

FIVE MINUTES WITH: Ned Heywood, mayor of Chepstow

South Wales Argus: Ned Heywood of Chepstow, who is to get an MBE in the new year (3180509)

4:30pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

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

YOUR AM WRITES: Newport West AM Rosemary Butler

South Wales Argus: YOUR AM WRITES: Newport West AM Rosemary Butler

5:41pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

THIS year’s Big Splash festival proved, once again, to be a huge success with thousands enjoying the spectacular weekend and the exciting activities and events that it had to offer.

YOUR MP WRITES: Torfaen MP Paul Murphy

South Wales Argus: MP Paul Murphy (2995836)

4:40pm Monday 16th June 2014

SHE told them so! Well done to Newport East MP Jessica Morden for being proved right, after she warned about the consequences of cuts to the passport service. Now we see a nationwide application backlog, as overstretched staff try to cope with the consequences of Tory cuts and incompetence.

THE NEWSDESK: Cutting jobs is a passport to a political crisis

South Wales Argus: (7160706)

3:26pm Sunday 15th June 2014

ON MONDAY of last week, there was no crisis.

COUCH POTATO: Downpour filler was truly remarkable TV

South Wales Argus: Adrian Chiles (7107631)

12:35pm Friday 13th June 2014

FORGET the Passport Office backlog. There’s a serious gap in the Foreign Office’s advice to holidaymakers going abroad this summer.

YOUR AM WRITES: Newport East AM John Griffiths

South Wales Argus: MM 11.7.11 STORY D DEANS 

4:10pm Thursday 12th June 2014

Two very different annual events took place last weekend, both of which are important to me.

FIVE MINUTES WITH: Cwmbran poet, Francis Hicks

7:12pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

Cwmbran poet, Francis Hicks, 63, who has written her first book of poems, From the Heart, to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

POLITICS FILE: Ukraine shapes Newport Nato summit

South Wales Argus: Statement by Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Photo credit: Nato (6896376)

6:11pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

SEPTEMBER’S Nato summit in Newport could have big implications for the future security of Europe with Russia at the top of the agenda. The Argus reports from last week’s defence minister’s meeting that helped set the scene for the event.

YOUR AM WRITES: South Wales East AM William Graham

4:40pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

SPORTS fans are going to enjoy a spectacular summer with events ranging from the Wales rugby tour of South Africa, the Commonwealth Games, the cricket test series against Sri Lanka and India the World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup (to be played in Cardiff); together with regular annual events such as Wimbledon, the Open golf tournaments and Royal Ascot.

YOUR MP WRITES: Islwyn MP Chris Evans

South Wales Argus: Islwyn MP visits reopened Cwmcarn High School

5:37pm Monday 9th June 2014

THERE was once a time when foreign travel was a luxury, it is now almost commonplace.

COUCH POTATO: No one is wild about this Harry ‘lookalike’

South Wales Argus: I want to Marry Harry (6874383)

4:25pm Friday 6th June 2014

TAKE 12 gullible American girls, a stately home and a bloke who, if you close your eyes and turn away, looks vaguely like Prince Harry.

YOUR AM WRITES: South Wales East AM Lindsay Whittle

South Wales Argus: SubmittedLindsay Whittle (889033)

4:02pm Thursday 5th June 2014

THE Argus has been at the forefront of an excellent campaign to have heart defibrillators provided in every school in the Gwent and Rhymney Valley areas in memory of 15-year-old Jack Thomas from Oakdale.

YOUR AM WRITES: South Wales East AM Jocelyn Davies

5:43pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014

WITH a concessionary bus pass, eligible people with disabilities can travel on local buses in Wales for free.

YOUR MP WRITES: Paul Flynn, Labour MP for Newport West

South Wales Argus: SubmittedPaul Flynn (1188019)

4:05pm Monday 2nd June 2014

WILDINGS had already been in business for 32 years when the Transporter Bridge opened in 1906.

THE NEWSDESK: Running the rail link from Ebbw Vale to Newport really is a no-brainer


6:30pm Sunday 1st June 2014

I'M heartened to hear that Newport council has commissioned a team of consultants to build a new business case for the Ebbw Valley railway line to reach the city.

YOUR AM WRITES: South Wales East AM, Mohammad Asghar

4:11pm Thursday 29th May 2014

It may seem strange to some that I, a Moslem, should support pubs in Wales.

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