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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Halving Severn Bridge tolls in 2018 does not go far enough

This is an article for Seaside News

Plans by the UK Government to halve the Severn Bridge tolls when the bridges come back into public ownership are very welcome, but do not go far enough.

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The time for talk is over on Tata steel

This is an article for the Glamorgan Gazette

The news that Tata is to sell its UK operation is deeply unsettling and worrying for the region I represent, those whose livelihood depend on this business and for the future of our area's economy.

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A reflection on seventeen years as an AM

This is an article for Seaside News

As of May this year I will have been an Assembly Member for seventeen years. It has been a privilege to have represented this area.

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Shocking breast cancer waiting times revealed

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post

Recent shocking figures have shown that Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board is routinely failing breast cancer patients.

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A cut too far for sports clubs and local charities

The recent decision by the Welsh Labour Government to withdraw funding for the Disclosure and Barring Service checking of those involved with children’s’ sports and other activities has caused considerable concern locally.

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