My week in Parliament began when I called in to meet the wonderful Stonewall staff, and to pick up my Stonewall Rainbow Laces so that I could wear them during the Wales v England World Cup match taking place on Tuesday. I put them straight into my black trainers and wore them all week in Parliament, and I think I’ll carry on wearing them. By wearing … [Read more...]
Date: Friday, November 18th 2022
Edition number: 40
Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter.
We start with an important message from Executive Director of Public Health at Swansea Bay University Health Board, Keith Reid.
Of the many Urgent Questions (UQs) and Government Statements in the Commons Chamber last week, I’ve singled out three that were of particular importance. Since her re-appointment, the Home Secretary had not appeared in the Chamber, but the seriousness of the [Read more...]
Members of Parliament return to Westminster on Mondays after spending the weekend in their constituencies. Parliamentary business in the Chamber starts at 2.30pm with Oral Questions, and following the end of Orals, there are often UK Government Statements, and/or Urgent Questions (UQs) about events that have occurred throughout the world and the UK … [Read more...]
Date: Thursday, September 1st, 2022
Edition number: 38
The roll out of the Covid autumn booster vaccine begins today (Thursday, September 1st) in Wales.
Those who are eligible will be invited to have it this autumn.
On Monday 18th July I took an early train to Paddington, because of the warning that rail tracks could buckle in the heat after 11am. The temperature was expected to reach nearly 40 degrees on Monday and Tuesday. The journey was comfortable until I took the tube to Westminster, which was packed and very hot. It’s warm in Neath, but the heat is different in London in that the … [Read more...]
On Monday lunchtime Jess Morden MP Newport East hosted the Westminster event to celebrate the Welsh Arts Review 10th Anniversary. It was very interesting to listen to authors read out their contributions to the recently published anthology “[Read more...]
On Monday, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Restorative Justice (RJ) held its AGM and I was honoured to be re-elected as vice-chair. Elliot Colburn MP was re-elected as chair, and I look forward to working with Elliot to complete our evidence collecting sessions which will form the basis of our report into the current state of RJ in the … [Read more...]
On Monday afternoon, as vice-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Restorative Justice, I hosted the APPG Restorative Justice Evidence Session, together with Jim Simon, CEO of the Restorative Justice Council. We heard evidence from restorative justice projects within schools and healthcare sectors in England. Catherine Allard Headteacher of John Keble Primary … [Read more...]
My week in Westminster began when I joined the M&S and Prince’s Trust reception to celebrate the milestone of 10,000 young people completing the Marks and Start employability scheme. M&S is the Prince’s Trust largest partner, and since 2014 many 16-30 year olds have taken part in 4 week placement programmes to gain practical experience and skills whilst working … [Read more...]