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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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Angelicus Celtis at Stradey Castle

Yet another absolutely stunning performance by Angelicus Celtis and the Cherubs at Stradey Castle on Saturday, courtesy of Claire and Patrick Mansel-Lewis. Many, many congratulations to John Hywel and the Hywel Girls Choir and Hywel Boy Singers for their outstanding achievements this year including Britain’s got talent, performing to 16 million TV viewers and to 9 million radio listeners and in concerts across the UK. What absolute dedication to reach that standard and cope with a very demanding schedule whilst…

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Armed Forces Day 2017

On Monday I was very pleased to attend the raising of the Armed Forces Day flag over Llanelli Town Hall. The flag will be flying all week and over the weekend in celebration of Armed Forces Day on Saturday 24th June and Reserves Day on Wednesday 21st June. Armed Forces Day is a great opportunity for the community to come together to celebrate our Servicemen and women, veterans and Forces families and to thank them for all the work they…

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Rainscape protecting against flooding and supporting community projects

  I was delighted on Friday to join representatives from community groups which have benefitted from grants from Dwr Cymru Welsh Water’s  Rainscape Scheme. I know the groups will put the money to good use in their projects to benefit the community. I was also pleasantly surprised by the scale and pleasing appearance of the swale in front of Park View Terrace that Dwr Cymru has created as part of the Rainscape scheme. The aim of the scheme is to…

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