Putting Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney at the heart of Parliament
I was first elected to represent Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney in Parliament on May 7th 2015 and was subsequently re-elected in the snap General Election on 8th June 2017.
Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney is my home, I’ve lived here all my life. Being raised in the village of New Tredegar where I still live to this day, I’ve never wanted to live anywhere else. I believe strongly that wherever you go in the world, you still won’t get a warmer welcome than Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney.
I’m a passionate advocate of these Valleys; we live in the beating heart of Wales. Since the constituency elected Keir Hardie over 100 years ago our constituency has been at the centre of British Politics. We’ve led the debate for better wage, we were the first people across the world to raise the red flag of social justice, and our representatives have included two leaders of the Labour party as well as the Minister responsible for founding the NHS. We have been at the forefront of building a better Britain.
In my time as MP, I've tried to fairly represent our communities and values, putting them at the forefront of the British political debate as my predecessors have done. As a Labour representative I've put the values of fairness and justice at the heart of everything I do. I promise to stand up and speak out for equality of opportunity, and for all the people across the constituency. I
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Putting Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney at the heart of Parliament I was first elected to represent Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney in Parliament on May 7th 2015 and was subsequently re-elected in the snap...
Earlier this afternoon at Defence Questions, I asked the Minister what plans are in place once armed forces housing is sold off.
Gerald Jones MP (Shadow Minister for Defence): We know that the Conservatives have a poor record when it comes to making decisions on armed forces housing. The 1996 sell-off is the prime example of that. The Ministry of Defence is planning to sell a number of sites as part of its changes to the defence estate, but it is unclear what will happen to the housing stock on those sites. Will the Minister tell us what plans are in place for that housing when the sites are sold?
Tobias Ellwood MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary for Defence): Stepping back from Defence questions, I am sure that the hon. Gentleman will be aware of the need for more housing in this country. The Ministry of Defence owns 2% of UK land, and it is important that we do our job in freeing up land that we no longer need and that is surplus to requirements in order to make way for new housing. That is exactly what we are doing, and we have started off with an announcement on 91 sites.
You can also watch the exchange here: https://www.facebook.com/GeraldJonesLabour/videos/1603611303057338/
Earlier this afternoon at Defence Questions, I asked the Minister what plans are in place once armed forces housing is sold off. Gerald Jones MP (Shadow Minister for Defence): We...
FIRST “COMMUNITY STAR” IS NAMED
The first person to receive a “Community Star” award from Gerald Jones MP and Dawn Bowden AM is recently retired school crossing patrol Mrs Eirwen Selkirk. Eirwen was presented with her award by Dawn Bowden AM and Gerald Jones MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney today (Friday 12th January).
Eirwen ran the school crossing patrol near Abertysswg primary school in the Upper Rhymney valley for over 40 years.
Gerald Jones MP said “Eirwen has shown a long term commitment to the safety of the children in her village and has helped generations of children to reach school safely. She became a vital and visible part of village life for so many years. It is very fitting that we award her the first ever “Community Star” certificate”.
Dawn Bowden AM said “The purpose of our Community Star awards is to give extra recognition to so many people across the constituency who give great service to others, or go the extra mile in service of others. Eirwen’s long term commitment to her role as a school crossing patrol is lovely story about someone rooted in their own community and I congratulate her on receiving the award”.
Eirwen commented “It is very pleasing to be recognised as the first Community Star. When I started the work as a school crossing patrol I never thought it would last over 40 years. It has given me so much joy to play my part in helping to keep the children of Abertysswg safe in the sun, rain and snow on their way to school. I have also become a friend to so many children, many of who are now adults in the village”.
FIRST “COMMUNITY STAR” IS NAMED The first person to receive a “Community Star” award from Gerald Jones MP and Dawn Bowden AM is recently retired school crossing patrol Mrs Eirwen...
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