l I was delighted to open the Newport Family Cycling Festival last weekend. The event, led by Sustrans, was a great opportunity to get families and young people involved in cycling. I joined the ride which began at Community House and finished off in Tredegar House. It was good to see lots of young people taking part and enjoying the fresh air, as well as improving their fitness along the way. I look forward to seeing the Festival continue to grow.

l I was pleased to help Macmillan Cancer Support promote the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in the Senedd last week. World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is a fantastic fundraising event that takes place in homes, schools and workplaces throughout Wales. It’s a lovely social event and a fantastic way to get together, share a slice of cake and a cuppa and raise some money for charity. Macmillan Cancer Support helps people from the moment they are diagnosed, with medical and practical help, as well as emotional and financial support. But they rely on donations from the public to help fund their work. Each year in Wales, 19,000 people receive the devastating news that they have cancer. This disease will personally affect the lives of our family, friends, colleagues and neighbours and that’s why I am supporting the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and Macmillan Cancer Support.

To sign up to host a coffee morning please call 0300 1000 200 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk/coffee.

l Finally, I was pleased to see the Welsh Government plans to reduce the number of smokers in Wales to 16% by 2020. The National Survey for Wales 2016/17 showed that 19% of adults smoked across Wales. We know from the national survey results that most smokers would like to quit so I hope this support will encourage people to do so and live healthier and happier lives. Wales really is leading the way on protecting future generations, with the Public Health Act which includes a ban on smoking in playgrounds and school grounds. I would encourage smokers in Newport East to find out more about the support available and choose to be #Smokefree