Gerald Jones MP

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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.

Gerald_Jones_MP.jpgMerthyr 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...

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Since the Conservatives came to power in 2010, there have been fewer avenues for small and medium sized community groups and charities to apply for funding. 8 years of Tory-led austerity has left many community groups and charities starved of investment and lacking capital to expand and maintain their ongoing work.

With this in mind, the Labour representatives for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney hosted a Funding Information Event in Merthyr Town Football Club today where local charities and community groups were be able to meet and see what the funding organisations could offer them.

Funders included the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, Big Lottery Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund as well as many others. The event gave community groups a chance to speak to funders individually, so they could discuss individual funding applications and concerns.

Gerald Jones MP said:

“It’s really important that small community groups can get access to funding, so we’re keen to try and provide local groups with different avenues for funding.

“This is the third Funding Information Event Dawn Bowden AM and I have organised, and the previous events were well attended and received very positive feedback, so it was important to us that we offered community groups and charities another opportunity to engage with funders. We’ve also invited a few new funders this year so that groups have more options when looking for funding”.

Dawn Bowden AM said:

“I know from meeting community groups from around the constituency that people are always looking for advice and ideas about fresh funding opportunities. This Information Event is a good way to bring people together and to see the opportunities that exist.

“I am really happy to be working alongside Gerald Jones to make sure we help as many people as possible to try and find the funds they need.”

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Funding Information Event Success

Since the Conservatives came to power in 2010, there have been fewer avenues for small and medium sized community groups and charities to apply for funding. 8 years of Tory-led...

On Monday, I questioned the Defence Secretary on the Future Accommodation model:

Gerald Jones MP: Thank you, Mr Speaker. The affordability of the future accommodation model relies heavily on the present rent adjustment on the Annington Homes estate. As we know, that is due to be renegotiated for 2021, with expectations that rents will rise significantly. The Tories were warned in 1996 that the sell-off of married quarters was a mistake, and that is exactly hot it has transpired. What urgent steps has the Department taken to ensure that the rent renegotiation does not further cripple the MOD budget?

Tobias Ellwood MP (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence): The hon. Gentleman raises a number of matters. I agree with that there is a question mark over what happened in the past, but it did happen, and we now need to move forward to provide the necessary offering for our armed forces personnel. As I mentioned, we are working with the families federations to ensure that we get the deal necessary to make accommodation affordable for our troops.

Defence Questions - June 2018

On Monday, I questioned the Defence Secretary on the Future Accommodation model: Gerald Jones MP: Thank you, Mr Speaker. The affordability of the future accommodation model relies heavily on the present...


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