A Road too far

This is an article for South Wales Evening Post and Glamorgan Gazette.

The decision by the Welsh Government to choose the most expensive route for an M4 extension around Newport has been universally condemned, even by those who believe that building roads are an answer to traffic congestion.

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Vulnerable and elderly being let down over chaotic blue badge scheme

This is an article for Seaside News

Last month I held a short debate in the Assembly on the problems faced by many people in obtaining a blue badge.

The Welsh Government has changed the rules so as to stop the abuse of this system. That is welcome but the downside is that large numbers of people who are genuinely entitled to a blue badge are not getting one.

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End misleading broadband claims

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post

During a debate in the National Assembly on the digital economy recently, the Welsh Liberal Democrats called for an end to misleading broadband claims which often see customers paying for high speed broadband contracts which do not reflect the speed of service that was advertised.

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The unanswered questions around local government reorganisation in Wales

This is an article on local government reorganisation published on the Institute of Welsh Affairs website

The Welsh Government is on a mission: they have commited themselves to reshuffling the local council pack as painlessly as possible and they want to enlist our support to do it. 

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Remembering Heroes

This is an Article for Seaside News

On 1st June we marked the 75th anniversary of the loss of HMS Thetis together with 99 of the 103 men on board, when it sank in Liverpool bay off the coast of Llandudno. It was he Royal Navy's worst submarine disaster.

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End misleading broadband claims

This is an article for the Glamorgan Gazette

During a debate in the National Assembly on the digital economy last month, the Welsh Liberal Democrats called for an end to misleading broadband claims which often see customers paying for high speed broadband contracts which do not reflect the speed of service they were advertised.

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Remembering heroes

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post

The last few weeks have seen some significant anniversaries.

On 1st June we marked the 75th anniversary of the loss of HMS Thetis together with 99 of the 103 men on board, when it sank in Liverpool bay off the coast of Llandudno. It was a tragic accident and the Royal Navy's worst submarine disaster.

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Saying one thing and doing another

This is an article for Seaside News

There has been an increasing trend amongst local councils to require care workers to spend no more than 15 minutes with clients.

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Getting physical

This is an article for the Glamorgan Gazette and South Wales Evening Post

The job of an Assembly Member is by nature a sedentary one. It can also be very busy, quite stressful and leads to me often eating at odd hours, not always eating healthily or sometimes missing meals altogether.

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Reforming Council tax

This is an article for the Institute of Welsh Affairs

In his excellent paper on Taxation in Wales, Gerry Holtham describes council tax as the 'misbegotten offspring of political misjudgement and political cowardice'.

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