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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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 →
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 →
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 →
[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 →
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 →
“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 →
[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 →
[First published in the Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Llanelli & Pembrokeshire Heralds, w/c March 21]
You know that someone has a low regard for a place when they lead by telling you how easy it is to get to somewhere else. That’s basically how George Osborne has just told us he feels about Wales. Read more →
An application for a 4-unit One Planet Development at Rhiw Las, near Whitland, was turned down by the Carmarthenshire Planning Committee, going against the officer’s recommendation for approval. Read more →