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Nia and Lee announce Christmas card competition winners

Lee Waters and I are delighted to announce the winners of Llanelli’s annual MP & AM Christmas card competition. Congratulations to Ella Evans of Swiss Valley Primary School and Hannah Suter of Ysgol y Felin who won the Infant and Junior categories respectively. Their brilliant designs (see below) will now feature on the cards that Lee and I will send out this Christmas. We received some beautiful entries from pupils right across the Llanelli constituency. The card designs of the…

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Opening new businesses

  I have recently had the pleasure of opening new businesses in the Arcade, off Stepney St in Llanelli Town centre. Deputy Mayor Louvain Roberts opened Manor Estates, established by Tracy and Tony Colarusso, and I opened Leslie Gilbert Jewellers, set up by Leslie and his partner Ken. These are just the sort of initiatives that we need to breathe new life into the Arcade and bring in some elegance and sparkle. I would like to thank John Trowbridge for…

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Ensuring the UK Armed Forces are properly equipped to confront any threat to British national security

In the face of increasing global insecurities, it is vital that the UK continues to be a strong voice in the world whilst ensuring that our citizens are safe at home. Although there are emerging threats particularly when it comes to cyber security, to assume that the time of traditional state- state confict or conventional threats from non-state actors has passed and refocus our Forces based on that would be a strategic error. Similarly, there are roles for our Armed…

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New housing must be affordable

Speaking on Radio 4’s Westminster Hour programme last night, Nia said, “At long last the Government’s Communities Secretary Sajid Javid is beginning to understand what Labour has said all along – that it makes sense to borrow to invest in infrastructure such as much need affordable housing, particularly at a time when interest rates are low. But this needs to be housing that is genuinely affordable to buy and to rent. Last year building was started on only 1,000 homes…

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Protect the protectors

Friday is usually my constituency business day, but today I am staying up in Parliament to ensure that we get the 100 MPs there that we need to secure the next stage of Chris Bryant MP’s private member’s bill, the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill. This bill would make an assault against emergency workers including firefighters, police, paramedics and nurses a specific offence, and thus help strengthen protection for those who provide these vital services for us.  

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Speaking up to save jobs at BAE systems

Nia Griffith MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, responding to news that BAE will cut 2000 jobs across the country, said “This is devastating news for the workers and their families. These are highly skilled employees and the potential loss of these jobs would have an appalling impact on them, their local economies and wider supply chains. The Government must come forward urgently with a clear plan to secure these jobs at BAE, as well as a proper defence industrial strategy…

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Speaking up for our hospital

In response to concerns about the future of the out-of-hours GP service at Prince Philip Hospital where you can go when your GP surgery is not open, I immediately contacted the Health Board. We are NOT going to allow any erosion of services. In talking to the Deputy Chief Executive of the Health Board, I understand that the closing of some tax loopholes means that doctors providing the out-of-hours service at Prince Philip hospital and elsewhere will have to pay…

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Public meeting on Opencast in Ponthenri

I am organising a public meeting at 6.30 on Thursday 27th July in the Community Centre in Ponthenri. This is in response to residents’ concerns about pre-planning application talks between Carmarthenshire County Council and a company that has previously applied to carry out opencast mining on the former Pentremawr colliery site between Pontyberem and Ponthenri. Nia explained: “We have defeated planning applications for opencast here before and we must fight to do so again. Residents are very clear that they do…

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Labour Friends of the Forces

I was pleased to speak at a packed meeting of Labour Friends of the Forces in Westminster this week. It was an excellent opportunity to hear from some of the excellent Forces candidates who stood for Labour at the recent general election. We fielded by far our strongest selection of former military candidates since 1945, all significantly increasing their share of the vote. Luke Pollard won in Plymouth Sutton and Stephen Morgan in Portsmouth South. Labour’s two Army veterans Dan…

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