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.
4:12pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014
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.
4:32pm Tuesday 15th July 2014
4:21pm Thursday 10th July 2014
5:13pm Tuesday 8th July 2014
4:12pm Monday 7th July 2014
4:09pm Thursday 3rd July 2014
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.
4:12pm Thursday 26th June 2014
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.
5:41pm Tuesday 17th June 2014
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.
4:10pm Thursday 12th June 2014
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.
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.
5:43pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014
4:11pm Thursday 29th May 2014
3:58pm Tuesday 27th May 2014
4:09pm Tuesday 20th May 2014
4:03pm Monday 19th May 2014
4:52pm Thursday 15th May 2014
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4:02pm Tuesday 29th April 2014
6:21pm Thursday 24th April 2014
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