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Nia responds to the Queen’s speech ?>

Nia responds to the Queen’s speech

Nia Griffith MP, Labour’s Shadow Welsh Secretary, responding to the Queen’s speech, said: “It’s clear that David Cameron wants to distract from the Conservative infighting over the EU referendum by talking about life chances. But his government has undermined the life chances of ordinary people over the last six years and there was nothing in this Queen’s speech to change that. “I was very disappointed not to hear any detail on the infrastructure projects that Wales needs, like electrifying railways…

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Nia to meet Sajid Javid about Tata on Monday ?>

Nia to meet Sajid Javid about Tata on Monday

Nia Griffith MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, will be meeting Sajid Javid on Monday over the future of the steel industry. Together with other MPs from the All-Party Parliamentary Steel Group, she will be quizzing Sajid Javid on his progress to date. Nia explained “Following up on our previous dialogue with Sajid Javid, we will be reiterating to him just how vital it is that he should do all it takes to secure the future of our steel…

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Standing up for the disabled ?>

Standing up for the disabled

Little did Nia Griffith MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, and Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Shadow Employment Minister know when they met representatives of housing associations and third sector organisations last Friday, that later that same day Iain Duncan Smith would resign over yet more cuts being piled onto disabled people. The Labour MPs were meeting the groups, including the Citizens Advice Bureau and charities to hear about the impact that the Conservative Government’s cuts to social security entitlements is…

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Nia responds to the Budget ?>

Nia responds to the Budget

Nia Griffith MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, responding to George Osborne’s Budget statement, said: “This was not a Budget that had the interests of Wales at its heart. George Osborne ducked the big challenges that our economy faces and instead announced that ordinary people in Wales will face yet more cuts. “There was nothing about rail electrification in the North or the South, and no mention of the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon – a project that could create…

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Real buzz about the Railway Goods Shed ?>

Real buzz about the Railway Goods Shed

Sometimes, a meeting goes well and you get a real buzz: that’s how it was last Friday when representatives of local organisations came together to pool ideas on their vision of how the former Llanelli Railway Goods Shed could be transformed into a vibrant community hub, offering a whole range of activities and appealing to a wide cross section of the population. Many of you will have passed by the building in question, which is situated to the east of…

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Government defeat on Sunday trading ?>

Government defeat on Sunday trading

“The Conservative Government suffered a humiliating defeat last night,“ said Nia Griffith MP, “as a result of their failure to take into consideration the views of all those affected by their proposals to allow a chaotic free-for-all on the extension of Sunday trading hours. No wonder we saw rebel Tory MPs voting with us against these proposals” “I’d ike to thank all those who contacted me on this matter, and stress that I have been a firm opponent of extending…

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EU vital for jobs in Llanelli ?>

EU vital for jobs in Llanelli

The debate over Britain’s membership of the EU is often conducted in a way that feels detached from our everyday lives. It is easy for us to talk glibly about how the EU supports some 200,000 jobs in Wales. The harsh reality is that, if we were to leave the EU, many of those jobs would disappear. Many workers would face redundancy and our young people would find it much harder to get a job or an apprenticeship locally. This…

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Nia slams Plaid plans to privatise social services. ?>

Nia slams Plaid plans to privatise social services.

Nia Griffith MP has slammed plans by the Plaid-led County Council to privatise adult social services, which have been spelled out in a letter to Council staff. Speaking after a meeting with Unison reps, this week, Nia Griffith MP said, “This letter is really  worrying as it shows that Plaid – led Carmarthenshire County Council is trying to sneak in the privatisation of adult social services by the back door, without even telling fellow councillors. We all know that private companies…

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Nia slates Tory failure on ticketing ?>

Nia slates Tory failure on ticketing

Nia Griffith MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, has attacked the Tories for their broken promise on dealing with the secondary ticketing market. With the Rugby’s 6 Nations having just begun, tickets for Welsh matches are being sold on secondary ticketing markets for over £4,400 a pair, a 1822% mark up. This, despite the UK Government’s assurances that there isn’t a problem in the secondary ticketing market and action doesn’t need to be taken. Nia Griffith, Shadow Welsh…

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Plaid threaten higher council tax for Llanelli Town ?>

Plaid threaten higher council tax for Llanelli Town

The threat of losing parks and playing fields has highlighted the commitment and determination of members of sports’ groups who not only give very generously of their time to provide sporting opportunities for our young people, but have also put a lot of effort into looking at ways in which maintenance costs could be reduced. Kevin Francis and Mike Bassett of the Carmarthenshire Unified Sports Committee have shared with me the work they have done to show how the costs…

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