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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A budget for all

This is an article for Seaside News

At the last election the Liberal Democrats' top priority was to give low and middle earners a £700 tax cut. And we've delivered. From this April, for the first time ever, nobody will pay income tax on the first £10,000 they earn.

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Looking after the elderly and vulnerable

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post

One of the marks of a civilised society is how it treats the old, the vulnerable, the sick, and the frail. I was reminded of this a few weeks ago when I met with staff from Age Cymru Swansea Bay to hear more about their 'Make a Fuss' campaign which is aimed at helping those who get care at home, their families, and those who give care, to understand how to complain if needed. It's a campaign I'll be promoting.

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A budget for all

This is an article for the Glamorgan Gazette

At the last election the Liberal Democrats' top priority was to give low and middle earners a £700 tax cut. And we've delivered. From this April, for the first time ever, nobody will pay income tax on the first £10,000 they earn

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Newsnight Wales

This is an article for ymgyrch NEWSNIGHT CYMRU campaign

I am often taken aback when I take a visit abroad and get a flavour of what many other nations are serving up as 'news'. We can count ourselves lucky that the BBC is an institution that we can all be proud of. Newsnight, in particular, is a programme that not only informs on a relatively consistent basis, but also presents its programmes in an interesting manner. However, I doubt you will find a single person who argues that either the BBC or Newsnight is perfect; of course they are not. There is always room for improvement and that is something the BBC must strive to achieve.

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More Nurses needed

This is an article for Seaside News

Like the UK Parliament, the Welsh Assembly has a system whereby backbench members can bring forward their own legislation.

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Fighting for sustainable communities

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post

For a number of years now I have been working with groups concerned at the way their community has changed as a result of many family homes being converted into houses of multiple occupation.

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