Putting Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney
at the heart of Parliament
Thank you for taking the time to visit my webpage. As you may be aware I was elected to represent Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney in Parliament on May 7th 2015, but as of 3/05/17, Parliament has been dissolved and I am no longer MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney.
I'm seeking re-election on June 8 2017, and this website is dedicated to my candidacy.
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
Over these pages I hope to give you an insight into my work and beliefs. I hope you find them useful; however should you wish to know anything further or have an issue that you feel I may be of help with, please feel free to get in touch using the contacts page.
Thanks again for visiting, I hope to you’ll call by again,
Putting Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney at the heart of Parliament Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to visit my webpage. As you may be aware I was elected to represent...
On 11th September 2017, Labour MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, Gerald Jones, attended the National AIDS Trust’s Let’s End It campaign launch in the House of Lords, marking the 30th birthday of the charity’s work championing the rights of people living with HIV and campaigning for change.
The Let's End It campaign sets a goal to end the growth of the HIV epidemic and the continued stigma surrounding HIV before another 30 years pass by.
Since it was founded in 1987, the National AIDS Trust, which works on HIV-related policy and campaigns for change, have safeguarded people with HIV against employment discrimination, ended the lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood, and ensured free HIV treatment for everyone in the UK regardless of immigration status.
Speaking after the event, Gerald Jones said: “I was really pleased to have been able to attend the National AIDS Trust’s 30th birthday celebration. The NAT have campaigned tirelessly for the rights of those with HIV since 1987 and their Let’s End It campaign will ensure the stigma around HIV continues to be tackled over the next 30 years.
“I am very much looking forward to further working with the NAT and supporting their campaign to end the HIV epidemic for once and all.”
Deborah Gold, Chief Executive of NAT, said: “30 years after NAT was founded, it is important to look forward as well as at our past. We share in the excitement over falling rates of HIV diagnosis in certain locations and certain demographics – we now have the opportunity to turn the tide with HIV. Our organisation exists to make sure we take these opportunities, but critical challenges remain and our job is far from done.
“I hope decision makers and the general public will get behind the Let’s End It campaign, which is both a rallying cry and a message of optimism. For 30 years, our supporters have helped us fight HIV. Now, let’s end it.”
On 11th September 2017, Labour MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, Gerald Jones, attended the National AIDS Trust’s Let’s End It campaign launch in the House of Lords, marking the...
On Friday, myself and Dawn Bowden AM held a Jobs Fair in Rhymney. It was a fantastic morning, which saw over 175 people attend and discuss the opportunities available across Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney.
Thanks to all residents, employers and providers for visiting, and a special thanks to Job Centre Plus and Communities First for assisting in organising the event. Look forward to the next one soon!
On Friday, myself and Dawn Bowden AM held a Jobs Fair in Rhymney. It was a fantastic morning, which saw over 175 people...
Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney MP Gerald Jones and AM Dawn Bowden are organising a Jobs Fair with help from Jobcentre Plus and Communities First.
The Jobs Fair will be held on Friday September 8th, at Ael Y Bryn Community Centre in Rhymney from 10.00am-1.00pm, with crèche facilities available between 10.30 and 12.30.
Throughout the day businesses with job vacancies, apprenticeships schemes, volunteering opportunities will be on hand to help maximise the potential of all those wanting to develop their skills and get into employment. There will be a mix of local employers as well as national employers’ together with information on training opportunities.
Some employers already confirmed include General Dynamics, EE, Cwm Taf University Health Board, Q-Care, British Gas Nest Scheme, New Directions Social Care, Cartrefi Cymru, Pobl Group, together with training opportunities with The College Merthyr Tydfil (work based learning), Coleg y Cymoedd, Apollo Teaching Services, Valley Education Services Ltd., Groundwork Wales and many more.
Jobcentre Plus will also be providing information on the recruitment process for Trago Mills which is due to open in Spring next year.
Commenting on the Jobs Fair Gerald Jones MP says:
“The Jobs Fair is the latest in a series of events organised by myself & Dawn Bowden AM to offer assistance, advice or support to our constituents. I am extremely pleased with the number of employers, training providers and partner organisations that are involved and I am particularly grateful to Job Centre Plus and Caerphilly CBC Communities First for their support in planning the event.
This event is a great opportunity for local people to get a flavour of some of the Job vacancies that exist locally and I hope that as many people as possible will attend to see what is on offer.”
Dawn Bowden AM said:
“I am pleased to take the opportunity to jointly host a Jobs Fair with Gerald Jones MP. Alongside the encouraging involvement of a number of key organisations, I am delighted that I have already been contacted by constituents who are looking forward to attending, and have welcomed this initiative supporting their efforts to secure local employment”.
Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney MP Gerald Jones and AM Dawn Bowden are organising a Jobs Fair with help from Jobcentre Plus and Communities First. The Jobs Fair will be held...
The Labour MP has revealed the staggering amount lost on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney constituency and backed the work of the FOBT All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) in Parliament, expressing his support for the Group’s ‘Cut the Stake, Reduce FOBT Harm’ campaign.
FOBTs allow punters to stake £100 every 20 seconds on electronic versions of casino games such as roulette, but in a low supervision high street bookie environment. Political concern and controversy has been growing about the highly addictive nature of the machines, with one campaign group even calling them the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling.
The cross party group of MPs and Peers, published its report in January 2017, assessing the impact of FOBTs, and called for a substantial reduction in the maximum stake playable, stating that there was a strong case for this to be no more than £2.
The campaign has secured the widespread support with the General Synod of the Church of England, 93 local authorities, the Royal Society for Public Health and politicians from all parties supporting the campaign.
Lending his support to the campaign for a stake reduction, The Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney MP said:
“The case for action on FOBTs is clear and I urge the Government to act now and cut the stake. There is no excuse for the continued misery these machines are causing. The problems associated with them are obvious, and it is really not acceptable to be able to walk in off the street and stake such a high amount with no checks or safeguards in place whatsoever.
“I am extremely concerned to hear that £1,468,735 was lost to FOBTs in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney. We cannot go on with this situation. I urge the Government to bring forward their proposals, and to cut the stake on FOBTs to £2 without further delay.”
The Government is currently considering responses from the Call for Evidence into Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility launched in October 2016. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is expected to publish the next stage of the Review, with its proposals, in October 2017.
The FOBT APPG is chaired by Carolyn Harris MP and is supported by groups including Bacta, The Hippodrome Casino, Novomatic, Praesepe and the Royal Society for Public Health. The FOBT was established by cross party MPs and Peers to investigate the impact of FOBTs. The Group published its Report ‘Assessing the Impact’ In January this year. More information is available at http://www.fobt-appg.com/
The Labour MP has revealed the staggering amount lost on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney constituency and backed the work of the FOBT All...
Gerald Jones MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney pledges to raise issues affecting autistic people and their families in Parliament
On the 18 July, at an award ceremony at Speakers House, the Houses of Parliament received the National Autistic Society’s prestigious Autism Friendly Award.
The award was given in recognition of the hard work and commitment of their Diversity and Inclusion team and colleagues in Visitor Services, the Serjeant at Arms office and ParliAble, to support autistic people and their families throughout their visit to Parliament.
Notable achievements included new online guidance to help autistic people plan their trip in advance, helping to minimise anxiety, and autism awareness training for frontline staff.
Around 50 parliamentarians attended the ceremony and Gerald Jones, MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney made a pledge to improve understanding of autism by agreeing to raise issues affecting autistic people and their families in Parliament.
More than 1 in 100 people are on the autism spectrum in the UK. This means that someone sees, hears and feels the world in a different, often more intense, way to other people. Autistic people can also find social situations difficult and struggle to filter out the sounds, smells, sights and information they experience, which means they feel overwhelmed by ‘too much information’ when out in public.
Now that Parliament has received the Autism Friendly Award and its members have pledged to make small but meaningful changes, it is hoped that autistic visitors will be encouraged to visit Parliament, to learn more about our democracy, and feel valued in their local communities.
Gerald Jones MP said:
“It’s fantastic that Parliament is taking a lead with this achievement, but we all need to make sure we are working to better support autistic people and their families in our local communities.
That’s why I am very pleased to pledge my support to take action to benefit my autistic constituents. If we all work together at community level to increase autism understanding, we have the potential to transform the lives of the 700,000 autistic people and their families across the UK.”
Jane Harris, Director of External Affairs at the National Autistic Society, said:
“It is vitally important that autistic people and their families have access to the same public spaces and heritage sites that other people take for granted. So we are delighted that the Houses of Parliament has achieved the National Autistic Society’s Autism Friendly Award – and it plays a small but significant part in ensuring autistic people are able to participate in the democratic process.
“Awareness of autism is at an all-time high. But our recent survey revealed that only 16% of autistic people and their families think the public understand autism in a meaningful way.
“This is why we were so pleased to see so many MPs take the time to attend the award presentation and pledge to make a few simple changes that can help to reduce the sense of isolation which many of their autistic constituents and their families feel. We’d also like to encourage members of the public to get involved and make their own pledges to help transform their own communities.”
Gerald Jones MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney pledges to raise issues affecting autistic people and their families in Parliament On the 18 July, at an award ceremony at Speakers...
The MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, Gerald Jones, supported the British Lung Foundation’s lung health awareness campaign by taking their online ‘breath test’ at the Houses of Parliament and encouraging others to do the same.
The charity’s UK-wide campaign aims to raise awareness that feeling out of breath doing everyday tasks could be a sign of lung disease. They encourage anyone who feels breathless take their online breath test.
The test allows people to check their health through a 10 simple questions, based around the Medical Research Council breathlessness scale. The aim is to reassure people who don't have a problem and guide those with significant breathlessness to make an appointment with their GP.
At the British Lung Foundation’s summer reception, MPs and Peers had a chance to find out more about lung disease and try the ‘breath test’ themselves on iPads.
The Labour MP said:
“Completing the BLF’s online ‘breath test’ is a really easy way of checking your lung health. I’d encourage everyone to try it. It’ll either give you peace of mind or start you on a path to helping you manage your breathlessness.
“If you’re even slightly worried a loved one has been feeling increasingly short of breath – please make sure they take the test.”
The BLF reception was held on the terrace next to the Thames
Dr Penny Woods, CEO of British Lung Foundation said:
“Our reception in Westminster gave us the opportunity to throw the spotlight on breathlessness, which can be sign of lung disease. Fewer than half of us would be concerned at feeling short of breath doing daily tasks. Often people put it down to age or fitness, and don’t seek advice from their GP.
“There are thousands of people in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney with a lung condition, but not everyone’s aware they have one. It’s great to have support from Gerald in encouraging people to ‘Listen to their lungs’ if they feel breathless. Together we can ensure that those people who are suffering with an undiagnosed lung condition seek help and get the support they need. With treatment, people can live longer, healthier lives.”
Over 250,000 people have taken the test since it was launched last year. Over 70% of people who have taken the test have had medically concerning levels of breathlessness.
The BLF’s Listen to your lungs campaign is raising awareness of persistent cough and breathlessness as possible symptoms of lung disease, including lung cancer, and heart disease. To take the test visit: www.blf.org.uk/breathtest. For more information or advise on this topic visit: https://lungcancer.nhs.wales/
The British Lung Foundation is the only UK charity fighting to help the 1 in 5 people in the UK affected by lung disease, by researching new treatments, campaigning for better awareness and services, and providing support and advice for patients, carers and family members. For further information, please visit www.blf.org.uk. For help and support, call the BLF Helpline on 03000 030 555. To donate £5 to help the BLF fight lung disease, please text LUNGS to 70500. Follow us on Twitter or join us on Facebook.
The MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, Gerald Jones, supported the British Lung Foundation’s lung health awareness campaign by taking their online ‘breath test’ at the Houses of Parliament and...
Labour MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, Gerald Jones, has committed his support to help Cancer Research UK save more lives across Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney constituency and across the UK.
Gerald was happy to attend parliamentary event held by Cancer Research UK in Westminster last week to find out how he can keep cancer at the top of the new Parliament’s agenda. Gerald has been a strong supporter of Cancer charities since becoming an MP in 2015.
Over the course of this Parliament, two million people will be diagnosed with cancer across the UK, so Cancer Research UK needs political support in order to continue to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.
Cancer survival in the UK is still lagging behind other countries and too many cancers are diagnosed at an advanced stage, when they are harder to treat successfully.
At the event Gerald met some of Cancer Research UK’s dedicated volunteer Campaign Ambassadors. He found out how many people in the constituency are diagnosed with cancer each year, underlining the need for MPs to join the fight against the disease.
We must not underestimate the devastating impact cancer will have on people throughout Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney now and in the future, so it gives me hope to hear that Cancer Research UK’s pioneering research is turning the tables on the disease.
The outlook for new and better cancer treatments in the UK is bright. However, it is clear that there is a critical role for politicians to play in helping to prevent and detect cancer earlier and bring innovative new treatments to patients faster.
Since first becoming an MP in 2015 I've supported Cancer Research UK in their mission to beat cancer, and I hope to continue in the same vein in this parliament.”
Matt Davies, Cancer Research UK’s Head of Public Affairs and Campaigning said: “At Cancer Research UK, we’re resolute in our ambition to see 3 in 4 patients surviving cancer by 2034. To achieve this we need cancer at the top of the political agenda and so we’re grateful to Gerald Jones MP for helping to highlight the importance of research and action in beating the disease.
“Creating the right environment for cancer research alongside cancer prevention, early diagnosis and ensuring patients have access to the best possible treatments must be key priorities for the new Government.”
Labour MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, Gerald Jones, has committed his support to help Cancer Research UK save more lives across Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney constituency and across the...
100 apprentices from some of Britain’s leading aerospace, defence, security and space companies attended the ADS Parliamentary Reception in the House of Commons this week.
The apprentices were joined by Gerald Jones MP to celebrate the 11,000 apprenticeships provided by the UK’s aerospace, defence, security and space industries.
Organised by the trade organisation ADS Group, and sponsored by UTC Aerospace Systems, the event recognised the valuable contribution apprentices make to our important, high-skill manufacturing industries, and highlighted the world-leading technologies that many of the apprentices are working to develop.
The Labour MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney said said:
“I was delighted to welcome so many apprentices to the House of Commons. The reception was an excellent opportunity to meet young people working towards highly-skilled and rewarding careers and to celebrate the huge talent working in these world-leading sectors. These apprentices are great ambassadors for the UK’s advanced manufacturing industries.”
Paul Everitt, Chief Executive of ADS Group, said:
“Companies in the UK’s aerospace, defence, security and space industries offer high quality apprenticeships and provide young people with routes into high value, long term jobs. Many of the apprentices at this week’s reception will be the industry leaders of tomorrow and it is great for them to see the political support for our industries and their future prosperity.”
100 apprentices from some of Britain’s leading aerospace, defence, security and space companies attended the ADS Parliamentary Reception in the House of Commons this week. The apprentices were joined by...
Last week, Gerald was pleased to accept a position on Labours Shadow Defence Team, working alongside Shadow Defence Secretary Nia Griffith MP and Wayne David MP.
Gerald takes up his appointment at a time when Tory stealth cuts have seen the Army stripped down to fewer than 82,000 serving personnel. The 2015 Tory election manifesto promised to maintain Army numbers at 82,000 down by a total of 20,000 soldiers since 2010 as the Tory government wielded the austerity axe at the Armed Forces.
But strength has since dwindled to 78,400 - 3,500 fewer than promised.
Labour has committed to increasing defence spending in real terms to 2 per cent of GDP, ending the messy arithmetic by which the Conservatives massaged the numbers to deceive our allies, if probably not our potential foes.
Gerald at a meeting of Labour Friends of the Forces
Gerald's role will focus on providing better help and support for veterans of armed conflict, and he's keen to get stuck into the role over the next few weeks.
Gerald was pleased to accept the position;
"I'm looking forward to getting down to work to provide a better deal for our serving and ex service personnel. over the last four years, despite all the rhetoric, the Tories have cut our armed services almost to breaking point. This can't go on.
"Since I was first elected in 2015 I've developed a great working relationship with Nia who I first served under in the shadow Welsh team a few years back and with Wayne, who's constituency Caerphilly neighbours mine and I know the three of us will work well together to hold the Tories to account."
Gerald at Blackwood armed forces day back in June
Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour party was delighted to welcome Gerald to the shadow Cabinet.
“I am delighted to welcome Gerald Jones as a full member of the Shadow Defence team. Gerald has played an excellent role supporting both the Defence and Welsh teams over the past year and I know he will build on his excellent work and experience as a champion of veterans in his new role in the Defence team.”
Nia Griffith MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, said:
“I am thrilled that Gerald has joined my team full-time. I know that he will continue to stand up for strong defences and for our brave Armed Forces personnel and veterans.
“Together with our Labour colleagues we will be exposing the Conservative Government’s appalling record of mismanagement and underfunding at the Ministry of Defence and their shocking refusal to give a much-needed pay rise for the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces.”
Last week, Gerald was pleased to accept a position on Labours Shadow Defence Team, working alongside Shadow Defence Secretary Nia Griffith MP and Wayne David MP. Gerald takes up his...