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COLUMN 26TH JANUARY 2018

The big talking point over the last week has been about how health services in west Wales might change in the  years ahead. People in #Pembrokeshire and #Carmarthenshire are rightly concerned and I will speak up for local services at every opportunity. But we know that some services are stretched and clinicians themselves have said that there is scope...

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COLUMN 3rd NOVEMBER 2017

This week really feels like winter is starting to set in.  The clocks have gone back and the cold winds are starting to bite.  For many, the weeks and months ahead bring with them the additional worry of how to heat their homes and balance the budget.  Being savvy over saving money on energy isn’t...

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Universal Credit

Last Tuesday in the Senedd, Assembly Members from all Parties took a closer look at the Welsh Government’s budget for the next financial year.  Beyond the big headlines such as additional funding for health and social care services and protecting the schools budget, Welsh Labour is putting forward an ambitious budget for Wales against continued...

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Column 19th July 2017

I had the pleasure of meeting Dame Kelly Holmes at the National Assembly where she came to tell us politicians about her initiative to help young people get their lives back on track. The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust trains world class athletes to become mentors to disadvantaged youngsters and those facing challenges in finding employment...

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Column 13th July 2017

The Welsh Labour Government are aiming for the Welsh public sector to be carbon neutral by 2030. The Welsh Government invests over £2 million a year to identify and support renewable energy projects and energy efficiency projects within the public sector. Natural Resources Wales’ (NRW) is already making progress through its Carbon Positive Project which...

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Column 5th July 2017

Column 5th July 2017

This week saw the launch of Rural Wales: Time to Meet the Challenge 2025 which I presented to the Welsh Government to take forward. The focus of this new “Made in Rural Wales” economic plan is on skills and emerging technology and has the potential to transform the economy of Pembrokeshire. There are some really...

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Column – 28th June 2017

We’ve learnt this week the price the Prime Minister has been prepared to pay Northern Ireland’s DUP to prop up her minority Westminster government: £1 billion. Her Defence Secretary has said that this doesn’t mean austerity is over despite this huge sum of money appearing seemingly from thin air, the “Magic Money Tree”. In fact...

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Column 22nd June 2017

I was so saddened by the news of the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower in West London. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected, those who have lost their lives, their loved ones, those injured. Our emergency services of course continue to do a fantastic job. Everyone wants to understand what happened, and...

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Column 13th June 2017

It’s been a week since the General Election and the country is still waiting to know what Theresa May’s Government is planning for the new parliamentary term. There is all sorts of speculation as to what will be cut from the Tories’ programme to be announced in the (delayed) Queen’s Speech. You’ll remember the controversial...

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Column 7th June 2017

I’ll have been up all night by the time you read this over your morning cuppa but, newspaper deadlines being what they are, as I write I don’t know what shape the UK government will be. What I do know is that we’ll still have a Labour Government here in Wales and I remain proud...

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