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...
To mark St David’s Day, Gerald Jones, Member of Parliament for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, attended an event in parliament on behalf of Leonard Cheshire Cymru, a charity that supports disabled people across Wales to live, learn and work as independently as possible.
2018 marks the 70th birthday of the charity, which provides social care across Wales, as well as running innovative programmes such as Can Do to help build the skills and confidence of young disabled people to support them on their journeys to independence. The charity also recently launched their Untapped Talent campaign to remove the barriers to employment for disabled people.
Speaking after the event, Gerald said, “I was pleased to meet with Leonard Cheshire Cymru, who do such important work supporting people here in Wales, and to discuss the issues facing disabled people."
Glyn Meredith, Wales Director for Leonard Cheshire Cymru, added: “We know that good quality support can transform disabled peoples’ lives. At Leonard Cheshire we are committed to supporting peoples’ journeys to greater independence.
It was great to have the opportunity to showcase our programmes, like Can Do and Discover IT, which are having such a positive impact on hundreds of young disabled people across Wales and I look forward to working with Gerald on issues of importance to disabled people in the future.”
To mark St David’s Day, Gerald Jones, Member of Parliament for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, attended an event in parliament on behalf of Leonard Cheshire Cymru, a charity that supports...
Gerald Jones MP recently attended an event in Parliament organised by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Dr Rupa Huq MP prior to her parliamentary debate on the illegal wildlife trade. As part of the event MPs were shown an innovative ivory fingerprinting kit developed by the Metropolitan Police, King’s College and IFAW. He took part in a demonstration of the kit which is being used to catch ivory poachers and was able to have his fingerprints taken.
IFAW has now provided more than 80 of these special fingerprint kits to 16 countries. Fifteen of these kits have been successfully deployed in Kenya with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and police as part of the ‘tenBoma’ intelligence-led anti-poaching project run by IFAW and KWS. The kits have already been used to gather evidence which has led to 15 arrests, including five Police officers and the seizure of 11 elephant tusks and 50 pieces of worked ivory.
The Government recently announced that it had received more than 70,000 responses to its ivory ban consultation, one of the largest ever public responses to a Defra consultation, with the overwhelming majority analysed so far supportive of a ban. The Government has yet to publish the results of this consultation. IFAW is calling for a clear timetable showing how quickly an ivory ban will be introduced in the UK.
Speaking after the event, Gerald Jones MP said:
“If we are to save elephants in the wild we must act now before it is too late. I am pleased to support IFAW’s vital work to tackle ivory poaching, from using cutting edge technology to campaigning for a UK ivory ban.
We must remember that each piece of ivory represents a dead elephant, shot or poisoned for its tusks.
More and more people recognise that ivory should only be valued on a live elephant. We hope the Government will introduce an ivory ban in the UK before the forthcoming Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference being hosted in London in October.”
David Cowdrey, Head of Policy & Campaigns at IFAW, said: “Any strategy to tackle the illegal wildlife trade needs to ensure that you are addressing the issues at every level. IFAW supports anti-poaching rangers on the ground, campaigns to close down ivory markets and works to reduce consumer demand, but only by having effective law enforcement and forensic techniques can we ensure we gather the evidence that will catch the organised criminal gangs still killing thousands of elephants every year.
“We are grateful to Gerald Jones MP for showing his support today. With elephant populations at an all-time low and the species facing extinction due to the ivory poaching crisis we need a UK ivory ban in place as soon as possible, as time is the one thing elephants don’t have.”
Gerald Jones MP recently attended an event in Parliament organised by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Dr Rupa Huq MP prior to her parliamentary debate on the...