I met with Trade Union Representatives at Llanwern on Monday. Following that meeting, I wanted to update you in the action I and other South Wales MP’s, have been taking since the devastating news on 18th January of the 1050 job losses in the steel industry. It is clearly an extremely anxious time for all of you who work at Llanwern and your families.
Much of the media coverage has talked about Port Talbot, because of the wording of the TATA press release. I want to reassure you that I and other politicians are keenly aware keenly aware of the impact the announcement on everyone at Llanwern.
Steel workers at Llanwern and Port Talbot have done all they can to play their part in helping the company through this crisis caused by falling prices, cheap Chinese imports, high energy costs and more. The Welsh Government has set up a task force to see how they can help, but they can only do so much. We need UK Ministers to make good on the actions laid out clearly by the industry and unions at the steel summit, and to do so as quickly as possible. We have taken every opportunity to ensure they receive the message loud and clear.
This month I have spoken in debates on the future of UK Steel and questioned Ministers on behalf of workers in Llanwern. The steel industry is facing unprecedented challenges and I, along with other Steel MPs, will continue to take every opportunity on the floor of the House of Commons to press the Government on what more can be done to protect this vital industry of national importance to the UK and to us locally. I have included some links to debates I have taken part in this month.
13th January 2016 Question the Minister of State for Business
14th January 2016 Questions to the Leader of the House
18th January 2016 Steel statement following TATA steel announcement
21st January 2016 Debate on the future of the UK Steel Industry
The South Wales Argus has covered the debates here and has published my article about the impact here
BBC coverage is here here
I met with Trade Union Representatives at Llanwern on Monday. Following that meeting, I wanted to update you in the action I and other South Wales MP’s, have been taking...
I attended an event in Parliament last week to show my support for World Cancer Day. I met with representatives from four of the UK’s leading cancer charities who are working together to unite the nation and help transform the lives of millions of people who are affected by cancer.
Cancer Research UK, Breast Cancer Care, Anthony Nolan and the Movember Foundation were calling on people across the UK to show their support by wearing a Unity Band with pride on February 4th. The Unity Band is made of two parts, knotted together, to represent strength in unity and the power of what can be achieved when people come together. All money raised from the Unity Bands will go towards the charities’ individual research projects and support services.
One in two people born in the UK will develop cancer at some point in their lifetime. Collectively the four charities support millions of people every year through their individual work in the prevention, detection, treatment and support of those affected by cancer. Money raised from the Unity Bands will fund breakthroughs in scientific research; save and improve the lives of people with blood cancers; provide high quality care, support and information for people with breast cancer, and fund research and support services to tackle prostate and testicular cancer.
For more information, to get any of the charities’ Unity Bands or make a donation visit www.worldcancerday.co.uk
I attended an event in Parliament last week to show my support for World Cancer Day. I met with representatives from four of the UK’s leading cancer charities who are working...
Thank you to all those who organised the Mosque Open Day at Jamia Mosque on Sunday. It was good to visit with John Griffiths AM for Newport East, Dame Rosemary Butler AM and Jayne Bryant, Labour Candidate for Newport West in the upcoming Assembly elections.
The initiative is designed to break down barriers and strengthen community relationships. People were welcomed into the mosque to meet members of the Muslim community, to learn what takes place at mosques and ask any questions they had.
Thank you to all those who organised the Mosque Open Day at Jamia Mosque on Sunday. It was good to visit with John Griffiths AM for Newport East, Dame Rosemary...