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THANKS FOR READING MY SEPTEMBER 2022 NEWSLETTER. IT’S BEEN QUITE A
NEW TORY PRIME MINISTER
At the beginning of the month, just over 80,000 Tory Party members
elected Liz Truss to replace the disgraced Boris Johnson as their
leader and she became the UK Prime Minister on 6th September. Liz
Truss has been a government minister for 10 of the last 12 years of
Tory government responsible for implementing austerity, dismantling
our public services through funding cuts to Welsh government,
defending the indefensible behaviour, scandal and law-breaking by
Johnson and Downing Street during the pandemic and much more.
Decisions she made has led to the cost-of-living crisis. The person at
the top of the Tory Party may have changed, but the government and its
During the leadership campaign, she made nearly 150 policy promises,
and it’s only taken three weeks for her to renege on some of them.
She has no mandate from the public for much of what she says her
government will do.
The country needs a fresh start with a Labour government.
I spoke to Walescast about the result. You can watch it _HERE
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THE LATE QUEEN AND THE NEW KING
On Thursday 8th September the death of the Queen was announced. A
10-day period of national mourning commenced, and Parliament business
was changed to enable MPs to make tributes on behalf of their
constituents. I spoke during the special sitting of the House of
Commons on Saturday 10th September, and you can watch my speech here
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On 12th September, I was present in Westminster Hall as the new King
and the Queen Consort came to Parliament to receive addresses from the
Commons and the Lords and I attended their service at Llandaff
Cathedral later that week along with the First Minister and the Prime
I also joined many Cardiff Central residents in signing the book of
condolence to the Royal Family in Cardiff City Hall
MINI BUDGET AND THE COST-OF-LIVING CRISIS
Last Friday, the new Tory Chancellor set out his mini-budget. This was
the first test of Liz Truss’ government. By the time the Chancellor
sat down it was clear that she was not going to be on the side of
working people, instead she protected the unexpected and enormous
profits (estimated to be around £170 billion) of the oil and gas
producers, one of whom she used to work for.
Instead of a windfall tax on those excess profits, she chose to ramp
up the cost-of-living crisis with around £60 billion of government
borrowing which will fall to be repaid by working people for many
years to come. The cap on investment bankers’ bonuses was scrapped
and so was the top rate of tax for those who earn over £155,000 and
the rise in corporation tax reversed.
The reaction to the announcements was immediate. The pound tanked. The
Bank of England had to step in to prevent pension funds collapsing,
interest rates are rising, and mortgage providers withdrew hundreds of
mortgage products from the market.
Liz Truss has crashed the economy by choosing to give enormous,
unfunded tax cuts to those who earn the very most and to the richest
companies, including the oil and gas producers! She has damaged the
UK’s reputation and credibility for good.
For households across Cardiff Central and the UK, the cost-of-living
crisis continues, and we will now have higher mortgage payments,
higher rents, continuing eye-watering energy bills and all that
government borrowing to repay. And for what? To give more to the very
wealthiest people and companies.
The Conservative cost-of-living crisis has to be paid for. That’s
why Labour would extend the windfall tax on oil and gas giants and
scrap the proposed cut to corporation tax. We will reinstate the top
rate of tax for the very wealthiest and reverse the cut to corporation
We can’t carry on like this, lurching from crisis to crisis. The
Prime Minister needs to stop prioritising saving face over saving
people’s homes, recall parliament and reverse this disastrous,
kamikaze budget now.
Only Labour has a plan to create jobs, slash energy bills and make UK
energy secure, resilient, and independent from foreign dictators.
I spoke to BBC Wales about the crisis, you can watch this in
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AROUND CARDIFF CENTRAL
I had a great time at Cardiff University Students' Union Freshers Fair
I met lots of new students and it was great to be able to personally
welcome them to Cardiff Central.
MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING
Thank you to everyone who joined me at my annual coffee morning at the
Maelfa Community Café to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
It was great to see so many new and familiar faces to have a cake,
chat and cuppa. A huge thank you to Frank and Fran Jacobsen and the
team there for hosting us and to local residents who brought delicious
home-made cakes for everyone. Together, we raised £110.
VISIT TO THE DOGS TRUST
I visited the Dogs Trust Wales re-homing centre in Cardiff this week.
As the Tory cost-of-living crisis affects everybody, they have seen an
increase in the number of pet owners needing support and the Dogs
Trust is there to support families to keep their pets at home.
LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE
Our annual conference took place in Liverpool and it was a real honour
this year to address the conference as Labour’s Shadow Secretary of
State for Wales.
My speech was an opportunity to publicly thank our strong, united and
determined team of elected Welsh Labour representatives across our
Councils, Senedd and Parliament.
I was also able to share with the conference how a Labour government
is making a difference to the lives of people across Wales, by:
• Extending free school meals and providing free
• Introducing a real living wage for social care
• Providing help with council tax bills
• Giving students the best deal anywhere in the
• Extending our childcare offer to parents in
training and education
Just imagine how much more we could do with a UK Labour government in
Westminster working alongside our Welsh Labour government.
Click the link below to watch my speech in full:
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Labour Leader, Keir Starmer, ended Labour conference with a keynote
speech setting out the fairer, greener, future the country can expect
with a Labour government.
• Establishing GB Energy as a publicly-owned
renewable energy company
• Support for first time buyers & reform to the
private rented sector
• 100% clean electricity by 2030
• Preventing crime & supporting victims
You can watch Keir’s speech HERE
ADVICE & STREET SURGERIES
Thank you to residents who have come along to my advice surgeries
during September and as usual, I have been out knocking doors with my
team, listening to residents’ concerns and questions about local and
national issues. I’ve also been meeting with lots of local
businesses about energy costs and what they need from the UK Tory
I have now confirmed my surgery dates for October. These are an
opportunity for any resident living in Cardiff Central to come and
chat to me about any issue you might need assistance with or, to ask
any question you have about my work in Parliament and here, on your
You can see my full plan of surgeries dates online using the link
below – please call my office on 029 2132 9736 – or email me at
to make an appointment.
• 14TH OCTOBER – CYNCOED
• 20TH OCTOBER – CATHAYS
• 21ST OCTOBER – PENTWYN
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