This year was lucky enough to be at Merthyr College for A level Results Day as the college achieved a record set of results, with a 99% pass rate for the 2nd year. It was also great to congratulate Rachel McKeown from Aberfan becoming the first student from Merthyr College to have secured a place at Cambridge University.
I also had the recent pleasure of visiting Rhymney Comprehensive for the GCSE Results Day a week later, as the school achieved its best ever results. There was an equal mix of nerves and excitement on the day for both Students and Staff, but it was great to see all the hard work paid off with the school receiving a best ever result rate.
All students should be justifiably proud of their achievements and I offer my congratulations to both students and staff on this great set of results.
As the new school term begins I am writing to all schools in the Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney constituency to invite them to organise a trip to the Houses of Parliament. A number of local schools have already been. Information on arrangements for tours can be obtained through my office and if the tours are booked via the Parliamentary Education Service, 50% of the transport costs can be covered. I am also keen to make a contribution towards the cost of travel to ensure that a visit to Westminster is affordable and accessible to local schools. Parliament has so much history and heritage to see, I am keen that as many schools as possible experience this. Any schools interested should contact my office on 01685 383739.
Recent reports that David Cameron & George Osborne didn’t build council houses as they felt this would create more Labour voters goes to highlight the contempt that the Conservatives have for ordinary families across Britain. Denying families the chance of a home just to suit their political ideology demonstrates just how out of touch the government is. Thankfully, housing is devolved in Wales, however, these comments tell us a lot about the mindset of the previous Conservative leadership and how they regard ordinary families. This is yet another reason why we need a strong Labour Party to oppose this government.
This article was originally published by the Merthyr Express and the Rhymney Valley Express. If you have been affected by any of the issues raised or would like to know more, feel free to contact Gerald using the contact tab above.