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...
Gerald Jones MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney is supporting Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer’s campaign to help raise awareness of bowel cancer symptoms, as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month this April.
In April alone, 188 people in Wales will be diagnosed with bowel cancer and 77 people will die of the disease. It’s the nation’s second biggest cancer killer. However, it shouldn’t be. It’s treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer but this drops significantly as the disease develops. Early diagnosis really does save lives, but only around 15% of people are diagnosed at the earliest stage.
Being aware of key symptoms and visiting your GP if things don’t feel right can help increase chances of an early diagnosis. However, according to a recent poll commissioned of 4,000 UK adults by the charity, a third of people in Wales (33%) were not aware of any symptoms at all.
Gerald Jones MP said:
“With as much as a third of people in Wales not being aware of any symptoms of Bowel Cancer, and given early diagnosis can save lives, I would urge all constituents, if they are worried that something is wrong, to visit their GP. Your GP may be able to put your mind at rest or refer you for further testing. It is too important to ignore.
“Bowel Cancer UK’s website also offers more information and guidance on the symptoms of Bowel Cancer, and I would encourage everyone to visit it here: bowelcanceruk.org.uk/symptomsguide.”
Asha Kaur, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer, said, “I’d like to thank Gerald Jones MP for supporting our campaign during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month to increase awareness of key bowel cancer symptoms. Every 15 minutes in the UK someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer. That’s almost 42,000 people every year. But it’s treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early.”
To help you raise awareness of bowel cancer, Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer is giving away free copies of their handy symptoms guide for you to share with your family and friends. Sign up now to receive your free guide here: bowelcanceruk.org.uk/symptomsguide
Visit Bowel Cancer UK or Beating Bowel Cancer’s website to find out how you can get involved in their campaign for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month: bowelcanceruk.org.uk or beatingbowelcancer.org
Gerald Jones MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney is supporting Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer’s campaign to help raise awareness of bowel cancer symptoms, as part of Bowel...
Earlier today I asked the Leader of the House of Commons about the Government's procurement policy for new Mechanised Infantry Vehicles:
Gerald Jones: Recent press reports suggest that the Government are moving towards agreeing a new contract for mechanised infantry vehicles with a German-led consortium without allowing any UK firms, such as General Dynamics UK in my constituency, to have the opportunity to tender for that work. May we have a debate or statement from a Minister so that we can understand the Government’s thinking on procurement? As we approach Brexit, businesses need reassurance and support.
Andrea Leadsom: I am not aware of the specific example that the hon. Gentleman gives, but I can tell him in a general sense that the Government have clear and transparent rules on procurement. We are of course big supporters of global free trade as a means of improving prosperity for all. If he would like to write to me on the specific subject, I can take it up with Ministers on his behalf.
Earlier today I asked the Leader of the House of Commons about the Government's procurement policy for new Mechanised Infantry Vehicles: Gerald Jones: Recent press reports suggest that the Government...