4:03pm Tuesday 10th December 2013
4:03pm Thursday 5th December 2013
It is with great disappointment that the latest international educational rankings – known as the PISA test – show that Wales has slipped further behind in terms of standards of reading, mathematics and science. The PISA tests compare the performance of the world’s fifteen year-olds in these important fields.
4:02pm Tuesday 3rd December 2013
5:43pm Monday 2nd December 2013
9:55pm Thursday 28th November 2013
4:25pm Thursday 21st November 2013
This month I joined local Monmouthshire Cllr Val Smith and construction workers at a “cutting the turf” ceremony for the new vistor and watersports centre being built at at Llandegfedd Reservoir near the village of Coed y Paen in my constituency.
4:02pm Tuesday 19th November 2013
4:01pm Thursday 14th November 2013
4:01pm Tuesday 12th November 2013
4:02pm Thursday 17th October 2013
THE recent surprise discovery of nine previously “lost” vintage Dr Who episodes in a Nigerian TV station has certainly created a wave of excitement among fans of the long running and now BBC Wales produced television series.
4:20pm Tuesday 15th October 2013
IT was great to be able to show my support for local firefighters last week as they spoke to shoppers in Cwmbran about their campaign to save the second engine at Cwmbran fire station, which is currently under threat as part of the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s ‘Fire Cover Review’ consultation.
4:01pm Tuesday 8th October 2013
4:17pm Thursday 3rd October 2013
4:02pm Tuesday 1st October 2013
4:02pm Tuesday 24th September 2013
4:02pm Thursday 19th September 2013
4:01pm Tuesday 17th September 2013
4:02pm Thursday 12th September 2013
4:51pm Tuesday 10th September 2013
Last month I visited the Pontymoile Basin in Pontypool, where I met with representatives of Glandwr Cymru - the Canal and River Trust in Wales - to talk about the work they’re been doing to support the maintain and restore Wales’ fantastic canal network.
4:00pm Thursday 5th September 2013
4:00pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013
This week, children across the country are going back to school. It’s true that many children will be sorry to go back after a summer off, but as much as it can seem like a chore, the value of education and the opportunities it brings are so important.
4:01pm Tuesday 27th August 2013
4:28pm Thursday 15th August 2013
4:01pm Tuesday 13th August 2013
4:00pm Thursday 8th August 2013
4:00pm Tuesday 6th August 2013
4:00pm Monday 5th August 2013
THE summer recess (or summer "recession" as one of my constituents once amusingly referred to it!), may be viewed by many members of the public as an extended holiday for politicians but it's actually a valuable opportunity for myself and my colleagues to spend more time in our constituencies, visiting agricultural shows, meeting with local businesses and charities and keeping in touch with the issues that are really concerning local people.
4:15pm Tuesday 30th July 2013
4:00pm Tuesday 16th July 2013
4:00pm Thursday 11th July 2013
THE financial crash in 2008 that led to the long recession that we’re still coming to terms with today, was more than a crash of banks. It shook all of our confidence in the way we do business in this country.
4:00pm Tuesday 9th July 2013
4:00pm Thursday 4th July 2013
5:31pm Tuesday 2nd July 2013
4:00pm Thursday 27th June 2013
4:00pm Tuesday 25th June 2013
PEOPLE in Wales are incredibly passionate about the NHS – they’re very proud that its founding principles were shaped here, and are normally full of praise for the fantastic doctors, nurses and NHS staff who work so hard, day in day out, looking after patients.
5:14pm Thursday 20th June 2013
4:20pm Thursday 13th June 2013
12:35pm Friday 7th June 2013
4:10pm Thursday 6th June 2013
4:00pm Tuesday 28th May 2013
5:40pm Tuesday 21st May 2013
THIS week marks the Alzheimer’s Society’s annual ‘Dementia Awareness Week’, and although these days, the calendar is jampacked with various events highlighting worthy causes – raising dementia awareness is particularly important, because so many people with dementia have never actually received a proper diagnosis.
11:00am Thursday 9th May 2013
4:20pm Thursday 2nd May 2013
12:55pm Tuesday 30th April 2013
3:20pm Tuesday 23rd April 2013
3:40pm Thursday 18th April 2013
3:40pm Tuesday 9th April 2013
LAST week's big news was the UK Government's budget, which introduced the bedroom tax for many tenants in social housing. It's something that's been coming up more and more in recent casework surgeries over the last few weeks, as people have begun to worry about the impact it will have. Over 9,000 families in Gwent are affected, so whilst it is hitting a minority of people, it's a large one.
3:10pm Tuesday 2nd April 2013
2:20pm Monday 1st April 2013