The lines that divide us

No doubt over the coming days and weeks more analyses will appear declaring the ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ of the Westminster boundary review. And no doubt, this will centre on party politics – which parties stand to gain seats under the proposed new divisions, and which parties’ seats become unstable, or simply un-winnable. Indications (of course) confirm suspicions that Labour will lose out and the Tories will gain – despite the fact that it is meant to be an independent review.

But the real ‘losers’ under the proposed changes are us: the electorate. Read more →

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Green Party Autumn Conference Speech

[DELIVERED AT THE GREEN PARTY OF ENGLAND AND WALES’ AUTUMN CONFERENCE, BIRMINGHAM, 2 Sep 2016]

Prynhawn da gynhadledd! Good afternoon conference! It’s great to see you all here today. Mae’n dda eich weld chi i gyd yma heddiw.

Now, general advice is that you start a conference speech on a high – with a strong, passionate and stirring opener, but, in this case, I’m afraid I’m going to break those rules. Read more →

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The demise of DECC

[EXTRACTS OF THIS ARTICLE WERE PUBLISHED IN THE CEREDIGION HERALD, Jul 2016]

The UK government needs to realise that just removing the words ‘climate change’ from their departmental organisation will not make the problem go away. We are seeing the impact of climate change now. Coastal communities are being left to rising seas, and inland flooding is impacting communities all over the UK, time and time again. Read more →

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Anti-racism speech, Aberystwyth

[SPEECH MADE AT THE END OF THE ANTI-RACISM DEMONSTRATION IN ABERYSTWYTH, 4 Jul 2016]

Mae hi wedi bod yn amser rhyfeddol o gyffrous, a rydw i am ddechrau trwy sôn rhywfaint am sut rydw i’n teimlo.

We live in interesting times, and I’d just like to start by saying a little about how the events in the last few weeks and months have made me feel. Read more →

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What voting Remain means to me

There are plenty of good reasons I am voting to remain in the EU today, but when I look back over the last few months I’m disappointed about the amount of mis-information, half-truths and distractions that have formed the largest part of the debate around the referendum. I think that we deserve better than that. Read more →

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Open letter on the EU referendum to voters in Wales

Case to remain - letter

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Why should I get your vote in Mid and West Wales?

I am incredibly proud to be standing for election to represent the region I was born in and grew up in, and to push for a future I believe in. If you elect me today, I will stand up for our communities and make sure that our vital services don’t get pushed off the budget sheet. I will be a strong voice in the Senedd, pushing Welsh Government for fair, sustainable solutions; holding them to account and making sure they deliver when they promise to. Read more →

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What a difference a Green makes

Someone once said to me that the economic crisis of 2008 probably wouldn’t make much difference in Wales, because ‘we’re always in recession here’. I understand the sentiment. There’s a whole bunch of things that just don’t seem to have shifted since power was devolved to the Welsh Assembly 17 years ago. Unemployment continues to rise, we have the highest levels of relative poverty outside London, and one in three children lives in poverty. Half of the households in poverty are working households.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Read more →

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Why I want to be an Assembly Member …

I grew up in Wales and have benefited from many of the incredible things our political tradition has built, including strong communities and a supportive society. As an Assembly Member (AM) I will fight for the progressive Welsh political tradition.

I will fight against damaging policies now, and for achievable alternatives in the present. As an AM I will also aim to widen the debate and voice an alternative narrative to allow for more radical systemic change in the future.  Read more →

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Our NHS

I often wonder what Nye Bevan would make of healthcare in the 21st century. It’s easy to imagine pragmatism from the Welshman behind the welfare state and the health service. He’s reported as saying he had to ‘stuff GPs’ mouths with gold’ in order to get the NHS up and running. But he also resigned his government position over the introduction of prescription charges for glasses and dental care in order to balance budgets. So I tend to think that he wouldn’t look kindly on the sacrifices that have been made in the health service here in Wales. Read more →

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