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.

I’m upset by the amount of hatred, racism and xenophobia this referendum has brought to the fore, largely through the stoking of fear, finger-pointing and scapegoating that our politicians – with the backing of our media – have nurtured for years. I know we are not a hateful country.

For me, with a backdrop of little trusted information, this referendum has become a referendum not about whether or not we are actually better in or out of the EU, but whether or not we are a nation that champions love over hate, compassion over cruelty, and solidarity over division.

I vote for friendship and supporting one another; for workers’ rights and environmental action; for safeguarding and protecting the vulnerable; and for collaboration and peace. I want to remain in Europe because I love being one person in a wonderful, inspiring and diverse mix of human beings. I want to be more a part of our global community, not less.

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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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Affordable homes that don’t cost the earth to keep warm

[First published in the Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Llanelli & Pembrokeshire Heralds, w/c April 11]


I’ve lived in a fair few rented houses in mid-Wales in my life. Most of them have either been leaky or draughty, with the wet and cold weather barely kept at bay by the night storage heaters. In one house I lived in the window panes didn’t even fit the frames meaning there was a gap of about an inch straight through to the outside world! The rent has been low – we’ve got some of the UK’s lowest rent prices in Mid and West Wales – but then so are the wages. Read more →

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This says absolutely nothing about a perfectly legal, but completely immoral system that is rigged against the vast majority of us.

So, I have published my tax return (see below).

I’m doing it because at some point, someone will ask me if I have, and I have no reason not to do it.

But it says absolutely nothing about what the real point is here: the system that we have – which is entirely legal – is rigged against the vast majority of us. Read more →

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It’s a deal, it’s a steel.

“I’ve just come off the phone to Tata’s head office in Mumbai … reminding them of their responsibility to the workers and the areas they operate in.” Thanks Carwyn. I’m sure all steelworkers in Port Talbort and elsewhere in Wales and around the UK can now sleep easy, knowing that the better nature of the CEO of this multi-national corporation has now been appealed to by our Welsh Labour First Minister. Read more →

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Education: not wasted on the young, but we shouldn’t forget everyone else

[First published in the Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Llanelli & Pembrokeshire Heralds, w/c March 28]


When my friend’s daughter first goes to school in September this year, she’ll be in the first batch of children in Taliesin, Ceredigion, who will have to be driven at least 6 miles rather than walking a quarter of a mile to get their primary education. Ysgol Llangynfelyn, like so many other rural schools in recent times, have been told they must close this year. Another victim of these harsh and unfair budget cuts that local councils have had imposed on them. Read more →

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