Damp Squib

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post

As controversy continues to rage over the decision by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to break a clear manifesto promise and increase taxes for the many millions of self-employed and small business owners in the country, Swansea has been left to wonder whether the UK Government will ever give us a break.

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Getting things done

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post

A few weeks ago I joined Welsh Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams at the fantastic new Burlais Primary School where she announced that she will be implementing one of the Welsh Liberal Democrats key pledges - a new £36m fund to reduce infant class sizes and raise standards.

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Welcoming progress on the tidal barrage

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post

The recent report by Charles Hendry is an important step forward towards establishing Swansea bay as a pioneer for tidal lagoons in the UK.

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Remembering the homeless all year round

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post

Just as it is inevitable that Christmas Day will feature the Queen’s Speech so there will be an increased focus at this time of year on those who are unfortunate enough to find themselves on the streets and without a home.

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Time to abolish the Severn Bridge tolls

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post

Responsibility for the two Severn Bridges lies with the UK Government. In a few years time they will revert back to public ownership. At that time there is an opportunity to get rid of the tolls altogether.

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A budget for Wales

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post

As I lost my Welsh Assembly seat in May, the Welsh Government draft budget which was published last week, is the first that I have not had an involvement in for five years.

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Securing a sporting legacy

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post

I am privileged to represent a ward which includes Alice Street, home to seven Welsh soccer internationals including John Charles, his younger brother Mel and Mel Nurse.

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Widening our democracy

This is an article for the IWA's Click on Wales site

If people think that Assembly debates are dull then it may pay them to go on-line and find videos of debates in the first Assembly between 1999 and 2003.

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What now?

Whatever side you were on it is clear last week’s referendum result will cause a significant period of economic and political uncertainty.

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Is it time to consider an elected Mayor for Swansea?

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post

As a result of the recent Welsh Assembly elections the prospect of Welsh councils being reorganised to make eight super-bodies has now been scrapped.

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