June 20th – June 26th
Parliament was recalled after the tragic news of Jo, I attended the very moving service for the her. A wonderful tribute to her. #moreincommon #weloveyoujo
I have been extremely grateful for your kind words, during this very sad time. Jo was a wonderful woman who campaigned tirelessly for her constituents. Her work with OXFAM and Syrian refugees will never be forgotten, as she set an example for us all to follow.
In times like this all we can do is offer our thoughts and prayers to Jo’s husband Brendan and her two children, her extended family and many friends.
It is an absolute honour and privilege to be a Member of Parliament and to serve the people of Neath. I am constantly humbled by the kindness and compassion shown to me during my time as your MP. Whilst the dangers of this job are very real they must not stop us from fighting for what we believe.
I would like to echo Jo’s husband’s words and ask that that we all unite to fight against the hatred that killed her.
Out and about in the constituency.
On Tuesday 21st June, Team Neath started a busy week first stopping in Cwmllynfell for a morning of campaigning to REMAIN. A great turnout, thanks to all.
In the afternoon we headed over to Rhiwfawr where we had the best response ever, plenty of REMAINERS. Campaign going well.
Later that evening we went back to Cwmllynfell to hold an information session, very good discussions with local residents and how much benefit it will be for staying in the EU.
Wednesday 22nd June
My friend and colleague Jo Cox MP was killed last Thursday. I would like you to remember Jo’s words. “While we celebrate our diversity, what surprises me time and time again, as I travel around the constituency, is that we are far more united and we have far more in common with each other, than things that divide us”
Jo was cheeky, mischievous and very determined to create a better world. She was inspirational. Jo had worked for Oxfam in some of the most dangerous places in the world, but she was killed in her constituency doing her job as an MP.
Jo was a mother of two young children. Her husband Brendan has said that “we should all unite against the hate that killed Jo”.
I have no room in my heart for hatred. I only have room for the love of God.
I want to thank all of you for your support. All the people who have thanked me for being their MP. It is an honour to represent the people of Neath. A privilege. This is my church. You are my people.
I want to thank my staff in my office in Neath – Dean, Leanne and Shakey. I am happy most of the time, but I work very hard and I demand hard work from them. Thank you for putting up with me.
I want to thank my friends who have stood by me.
My beautiful daughter Angharad. She is the love of my life.
We have to cut through the hatred in this world, there should only be compassion.
I held a service in my office on what would have been Jo’s 42nd birthday.
Thursday 23rd June
Team Neath had a very busy day with Get out the vote, great response from the constituency and again lots of REMAIN voters. Derek Vaughan MEP joined us out and about and chatted to people regarding the benefits on the EU.
On the 25th June, I was delighted to open Y Banwen, Community consultation day, redevelopment of Ysgol y Glyn, great facilities for the whole community. I was joined by Jeremy Miles AM, Dr Sonia Reynolds, Cllr A Woolcock and GCG Community Chair Cllr Lynda Williams.