MP seeks clarity on UK involvement in Mosul ?>

MP seeks clarity on UK involvement in Mosul

Nia Griffith MP has used her position as Shadow Defence Secretary this week to seek clarity from Sir Michael Fallon, Secretary of State for Defence, about the RAF’s role in Iraq, about how Mosul will be defended if and when it is secured, and about humanitarian aid for those who are forced to flee. Speaking up in the House of Commons, she said “The horror that Daesh has inflicted on the people of Mosul since it captured the city in…

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Nia gives interview to Forces TV

Nia Griffith MP has given her first interview as Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary to the British Forces Broadcasting Service. In a wide-ranging interview, Nia made clear that Labour remains committed to spending 2% of GDP on defence and she spoke of the need for meaningful multilateral disarmament. You can watch the full interview here –

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Nia delivers pensions petition to Parliament

Nia Griffith MP has delivered a petition to the House of Commons calling on the UK Government to help local women who are affected by the fast-forwarding of changes to the state pension age. Nia has led public meetings across the constituency with local women affected by the changes and has written to Prime Minister Theresa May urging her to take action. Speaking shortly after the petition was presented, Nia said: “I was pleased to ensure that this important petition was presented…

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Praise for Air Ambulance

I recently had the privilege of visiting the Air Ambulance base in Dafen with the Welsh Government Health Minister Vaughan Gething AM and local AM Lee Waters, and meeting the highly skilled, dedicated staff who work there. In addition to the paramedics, there is now a team of flying doctors, specialists in emergency medicine, who combine their shifts at the air ambulance with their demanding roles in front line medicine in local hospitals.I was very impressed at the glimpse I…

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Furnace  safe routes meeting – Friday 14th Oct ?>

Furnace  safe routes meeting – Friday 14th Oct

Local residents in Furnace village are planning to meet at 6 pm on Friday 14th October in Furnace Community Centre, in order to discuss putting together a bid for Safe Routes in Communities funding to make the village of Furnace safer, a move which could include traffic calming measures on surrounding roads such as Cwmbach Road, Stradey Road, and Pentrepoeth Road. This grant is intended for communities who want to make their roads safer and more user- friendly for pedestrians…

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Pushing for broadband upgrades

Nia Griffith MP and Lee Waters AM held a roundtable meeting to give local business owners in Llanelli Gate, Dafen, the chance to put their frustrations directly to BT Wales Director Edward Hunt. Anger at poor broadband speeds has been growing in recent months. Edward Hunt apologised for any poor service that has been received and reassured the businesses that the Heol Cropin cabinet would be operational with fibre optic services by the end of October, 2016. A group of…

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Calls to improve GP access

After a very frank but productive meeting at which Nia Griffith MP and local councillors spelled out to the Hywel Dda Health Board the urgent need to improve GP access in Kidwelly, Nia is now working with Lee Waters AM and Gower AM Rebecca Evans AM, to take up patients’ worries about the availability of services at Pontarddulais GP surgery. This follows concerns from residents in Hendy about not being able to see a GP, and anxiety about whether the…

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MP meets Minister on cockles

Llanelli’s MP Nia Griffith and AM Lee Waters met Lesley Griffiths AM, Welsh Government’s Environment Secretary this week, together with political representatives from the other side of the estuary, in an attempt to further progress on the issues facing the local cockle industry. They raised on-going concerns about the lack of progress on identifying the cause of the cockle deaths, anger at sewage problems and the issue of licensing. Nia Griffith MP explained,  “It is wrong that cocklers in the…

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Let’s stamp out bullying

Nia Griffith MP has congratulated Steve Sellers on his book on bullying “Lollipops and Ass-whoopings” which was launched this week at the Odeon Cinema, Llanelli. As Steve says at the beginning of the book “This book is so that history does not repeat itself.” Nia explained, “The clear message of Steve’s book is that it is not enough to have fine words and anti-bullying policies, the real challenge to all institutions, schools and workplaces is how you actually stamp out…

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MPs join march for women’s pensions 

Local MPs Nia Griffith, Carolyn Harris and Stephen Kinnock joined campaigners from the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) on their mission to Cardiff to present to the Secretary of State for Wales a letter calling on the UK Government to look at fairer transition arrangements for those worst affected by the fast-forwarding of changes in the state pension age for women. The way that these changes are being implemented following the 2011 Pensions Act means that women born on…

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