4:03pm Thursday 17th April 2014
4:03pm Tuesday 15th April 2014
It seems the political silly season has started earlier than usual this year with the re-emergence of old calls to rebrand the Assembly as the Welsh Parliament - and we wonder why the public are disillusioned with politics!
4:03pm Thursday 10th April 2014
AWAY from the cut and thrust of party politics and set piece debates, in the Assembly it’s often at committee level where you really get to drill down into the detail of some really important and often very topical issues.
4:02pm Tuesday 8th April 2014
4:02pm Thursday 27th March 2014
DURING a debate in the Senedd last week I talked about the importance of employers in the public sector being encouraged by the Welsh Government to offer people with disability more job opportunities.
4:04pm Tuesday 25th March 2014
4:04pm Monday 24th March 2014
The Welsh Day Debate, held on or around St. David's Day, is a chance for Welsh MPs to raise issues important to our constituencies on the floor of the House of Commons. The debate is often far removed from the noise and bluster of Prime Ministers Questions, which increasingly frustrates me as much as I think it does my constituents.
4:53pm Monday 17th March 2014
4:00pm Thursday 13th March 2014
4:02pm Tuesday 11th March 2014
4:03pm Thursday 6th March 2014
Having used this column previously to highlight some of the important issues around dementia diagnosis rates, as well as the really fantastic work the Alzheimer’s Society do across the country to support those affected, I was really pleased to be invited to the launch of their new Dementia Friends scheme at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff recently.
2:54pm Tuesday 4th March 2014
MANY of Newport’s Post Offices are going through a modernisation process, and I would encourage constituents to take part in a consultation to move the Bridge Street Post Office to a new branch located in Sovereign Arcade, Kingsway Centre.
12:41pm Tuesday 25th February 2014
4:03pm Thursday 20th February 2014
4:04pm Tuesday 18th February 2014
4:15pm Thursday 13th February 2014
4:03pm Tuesday 11th February 2014
4:02pm Thursday 6th February 2014
4:34pm Tuesday 4th February 2014
So the Williams Commission Report on local governance is finally public and has, as suspected, recommended halving the number of local authorities in Wales with a merger of Newport and Monmouthshire on the cards.
4:44pm Tuesday 28th January 2014
4:09pm Thursday 23rd January 2014
4:04pm Tuesday 21st January 2014
4:03pm Thursday 16th January 2014
4:03pm Tuesday 14th January 2014
It is that time of year when many people are counting the cost of post-Christmas celebrations. After the festivities die down, many people are faced with larger than normal bills and debts that add increased pressure to already tight budgets.
4:03pm Thursday 9th January 2014
4:00pm Tuesday 7th January 2014
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.
4:03pm Tuesday 24th December 2013
4:02pm Thursday 19th December 2013
3:59pm Tuesday 17th December 2013
SMALL businesses are the lifeblood of the Welsh economy. It’s estimated that small and medium enterprises make up about 99% of businesses in Wales, and employ around 1 million people. 95% of businesses are ‘micro-businesses’, employing less than 9 people.
4:02pm Thursday 12th December 2013
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.