I began the week in Westminster, chairing a Delegated Legislation committee. The committee discussed the temporary measures designed to help UK companies and other entities during difficult times caused by Coronavirus. The reason these temporary measures are being extended is to continue to protect companies from aggressive creditor enforcement whilst the adverse effects from … [Read more...]
Hard-working volunteers with the Friends of Neath Abbey Iron Company have pulled another iron from the fund-raising fire – a £9,300 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to take the project to a new level.
Part of the cash will be used to create a digital guide to the history of Neath Abbey – including not only … [Read more...]
The last full week before Christmas is always a busy one in Parliament and the constituency and this year is no different. Firstly, this week saw me elected as Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Archives and History. This is a really important APPG as it stands on a cross-party basis to push for the preservation of local history up and down the country. We all … [Read more...]
Last Saturday I spent the day on the Wales Co-operative Council Zoom call meeting. As a Labour and Co-operative Party MP, I presented a report on the activities of the Parliamentary Co-operative Group over the past two months. We have been very active. We have drawn the attention to the need for free school meals during holiday periods in England, which are provided in Wales, … [Read more...]
Christina Rees, MP for Neath, has joined charity regulators and Action Fraud to help people in Neath ensure they give to genuine registered charities this Christmas. Figures from the National Fraud Reporting Centre show that almost £350,000 of charitable donations ended up in the pockets of criminals over the festive period last year. Christina is urging people to check … [Read more...]
It's been another busy week. On Monday, I attended the AGM of the APPG for Industrial Heritage. My friend and colleague Nick Thomas Symonds MP for Torfaen, who has chaired the group for many years, stood down as chair and was succeeded by Stephanie Peacock MP for Barnsley East. I’m proud to continue as an officer of the group. The importance of industrial heritage is vital and … [Read more...]
The Friends of Neath Abbey Iron Company have been awarded £2,625 by the Co-op Community Fund – and they want to say a big thank-you to everyone who helped to stoke the group’s funds.
“Many thanks for all your kind donations,” said Friends’ secretary Peter Richards, who has already earmarked the cash for a piece of hi tech new … [Read more...]
Christina Rees, MP for Neath, is encouraging constituents to shop local this Christmas and to support small businesses as we approach Small Business Saturday on 5 December. Small Business Saturday is an annual celebration of small businesses where they can publicise their products and services and work with mentors to build their businesses. This year small businesses … [Read more...]
Christina Rees, MP for Neath, is encouraging constituents to put safety first when doing their Christmas shopping during Electrical Safety Week Wales. With the Covid-19 pandemic prompting changes to shopping habits this Christmas, 57 percent of Welsh people are planning to purchase Christmas gifts online. But online marketplaces are not bound by the same laws as … [Read more...]
This week brought us the Chancellor’s Spending Review and it was disappointing in its lack of funding for Wales. The UK Government have repeatedly promised that Wales would not be worse off outside the EU, but the Shared Prosperity Fund investment falls far short of what we would have received from the EU Structural and Investment Funds and will have serious implications for … [Read more...]