Living Wage Week

I was pleased to catch up with campaigners from Living Wage UK this week in Parliament ahead of Living Wage Week (5th November to the 10th of November) It's high time we had a proper living wage rather than the Tories' fake living wage introduced under George Osborne. I'll be continuing to campaign hard for this to ensure everyone across our country can be paid a wage which will allow them to live comfortably.

Nothing for Police in the Budget

This week, I asked the Home Secretary to answer the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, Alun Michael's call for more funding for South Wales Police given Cardiff's unique needs as a capital city. An increase in funding for Cardiff as a capital city could also help to free up resources to improve community policing in communities across Ogmore. It's scandalous that the Chancellor had nothing for the Police in his Budget on Monday.

Maesteg Community Hospital

Here is my joint statement with Huw Irranca-Davies on the ABMU planned changes to Maesteg Community Hospital.The public engagement will be running from 29th October to 21st December 2018 (8 weeks). In addition to the usual engagement mechanisms, the Community Health Council (CHC) has recommended that ABMU should hold drop in events in Maesteg, which have been arranged for: • 22nd November, Maesteg Community Centre (9am to 5pm) • 4th December, Maesteg Leisure Centre (9am to 5pm) and a public meeting on 14th November at 6pm in Maesteg Town Hall

My View of the Budget on BBC Radio Wales

I spoke to BBC Radio Wales about the sticking plaster solutions the Chancellor gave in his Budget. There was little for Wales other than a few repackaged announcements. Its clear that austerity is far from over under the Tories.

Social Media and Young Peoples' Mental Health

It was great to kick off the first of the oral evidence sessions for the Inquiry I'm running with The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) into social media and the impact it has on young peoples' mental health. Over the coming weeks in the run up to Christmas, we'll be hearing from a variety of stakeholders involved in this important issue to help determine what we can do to prevent this problem worsening and improve our relationship with social media. I'll keep you updated with how the Inquiry progresses. As ever, please do get in touch should you have any questions about my work as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Media and Young Peoples' Mental Health.

Another School Visit Another Grilling!

Lovely afternoon being grilled by the fantastic children at Hendreforgan Community Primary School. Thank you to Mr Hughes and all the staff for making me feel so welcome. Questions from, “Do you have any pets?” To, “Do you think Theresa May and Donald Trump are doing a good job?”.

We Need a Debate About Impact of Social Media

Social media companies have a huge impact on our society, including on mental health. Following recent revelations about Facebook's tax payments and fines for data breaches, I asked the Government for a debate to discuss the issues alongside my Inquiry with my All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Media and Young Peoples' Mental Health

I BACK ‘BREAKING POINT’ CAMPAIGN TO END AUSTERITY FOR LOCAL COUNCILS

The ‘Breaking Point’ campaign exposes the crisis in council finances after £16bn in cuts since 2010 - and warns more councils may follow Northamptonshire into bankruptcy. I have, this week, met with the organisers of the Breaking Point campaign to call for a real end to austerity for local councils. Tory cuts to local government in England of over £16 billion since 2010 mean councils have lost 60p out of every £1 that the last Labour Government was spending on local government in 2010. After almost a decade of Tory cuts to local government many councils are now facing a crisis in funding – Northamptonshire has already gone bust, and many others are now facing bankruptcy. The ‘Breaking Point

My Week In Westminster

Here's my "Week In Westminster" update for Ogmore constituents after a very busy week! As always, please do get in touch if you have any questions about my work in Parliament or across the constituency.

My Parliamentary Debate for, Llanharan Boy, Cian Case

I was humbled to dedicate an adjournment debate to raise the issue of Paediatric Cancers of the Central Nervous System in Westminster in memory of Cian Case, after he lost his battle earlier this year. Cian was a young, gentle, happy young boy whose life was lost too early. Far too early. I was privileged to meet Cian at a fundraising rugby match in March 2016. His warmth, his sense of humour and his joyous nature will live with me forever. Cancer is a foe that we will all have experience of. It could be a parent, an aunt, an uncle, a friend or even just someone we happen to know in passing. There is never a good time to get cancer, but, it is particularly life-changing to live through a c

Supporting Macmillan Cancer Support

I showed my support for Macmillan Cancer Support this week by attending the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event in Parliament. This year’s event focused on the challenges that people can face at different stages of their cancer experience. Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is a fantastic annual fixture in the parliamentary calendar, and I was pleased to show my support at the event. The focus of Coffee Morning has always been encouraging people to get together and talk about all the issues people living with cancer have to deal with. This year’s event provided a really important opportunity to hear more about the financial, physical and emotional challenges that people can face aft

Train Services need to Improve

It was great to speak to BBC Radio Wales' Eye On Wales programme about the issues with Great Western Rail and what must be done to ensure services are improved for passengers in the future. You can hear my comments to the programme here:

Let's Practise What We Preach

The Palace of Westminster is undergoing significant renovation at the moment. It's vital we practise what we preach and ensure we use expertise from across the UK (including from here in Wales) to complete this work and ensure we train new talent where there are skills deficits.

Government are Destroying Disabled Peoples Lives

Following the shocking news this week that up to 180,000 people may be due back payments of ESA, it is clear the Tories have done nothing to address last year's UN report which found that UK Government policies were creating a human catastrophe for disabled people.

A Concert to Remember the Sacrifice Made by Many

I was delighted and humbled to attend and be asked to speak at the Garw Valley Branch of the Royal British Legion Band Concert in Pontycymmer at the weekend. For the 14th year, the communities of the Garw came together to mark the sacrifice made by those who have served in all conflicts. This year was especially poignant as we commemorate the 100th year since the end to World War One. As ever, it was wonderful to welcome two Chelsea Pensioners, one of whom was born in Pencoed. The warmth from everyone at the concert for these men cannot be overstated. With music from the Regimental Band of the Royal Welsh, Maesteg and District Male Voice Choir and the joint choirs of Blaengarw, Ysgol CYM Ga

Long Live the Local

It was great to meet with the British Beer & Pub Association this week to discuss how the 72 pubs in Ogmore are supporting jobs in the constituency. We discussed their #LongLiveTheLocal campaign, which celebrates Pubs and shares the challenges that they face. In Ogmore, the brewing and pub sector provides 628 jobs and contributes £12.6 million to GDP (GVA).I look forward to supporting this dynamic part of the local economy further.

Ogmore's 3rd New School in 3 Months

It was great to attend the opening of the brand new Brynmenyn Primary School last week. Yet another fantastic new school delivered by the Welsh Labour Government's 21st Century Schools programme and Labour-led Bridgend County Borough Council. Welsh Labour are committed to investing in our young people, giving them schools fit for the 21st Century, ensuring we give our young people the best start in life. I hope all the staff and the children enjoy their fantastic new school! First Minister and Welsh Labour Leader, Carwyn Jones, officially opened Bryn Menyn School last week. Have a listen to what he had to say.

My Week in Westminster

Here's my latest "Week in Westminster" update for Ogmore constituents after a very busy week in Parliament. As always, please do get in touch if you have any questions/issues to raise with me!

Corporations Must Pay a Their Fair Share

Big corporations like Facebook must pay their fair share of tax. This week I asked the Leader of the House of Commons to ensure the Chancellor includes action to tackle this in his Budget.

Government Needs to Invest in Geothermal Projects

The geothermal mine water project in Caerau which has been created by Bridgend County Borough Council and the Welsh Labour Government is a great example of the kind of green energy investment the Tories in Westminster should be funding. It is time for the UK Government to start supporting projects like this. We need more funding for research and development of geothermal energy.

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