May - June 2016
Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney now has a new Assembly Member. I know that Dawn Bowden AM will be a dedicated representative for the people of our constituency and I am looking forward to working closely with her in the coming weeks and months.
The National Assembly must now elect a First Minister to get on with the job of governing Wales. Last week’s stunt by Plaid Cymru, supported by UKIP and the Tories was an unfortunate episode and only served to delay the Assembly from getting to work dealing with important issues. The Labour Party has 29 AMs, significantly more than any other party and therefore has the mandate to form a Government, albeit with the need to consult other parties throughout the coming term.
We are now just a few weeks away from the referendum on whether the UK should remain as part of the European Union. This decision is one of the biggest decisions our country has had to take in years, therefore it is hugely important for us all to weigh up the pros and cons. Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney constituency and the wider south Wales region has received millions of pounds of EU investment that has supported jobs and businesses across our area. We have seen significant EU investment in Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre at the Redhouse, Penderyn Square, the dualling of the Heads of the Valleys Road. Town & Village centre regeneration has taken place in other parts of the constituency including at Treharris, New Tredegar & Bedlinog. The EU has also promoted many of the important worker’s rights that we enjoy such as entitlement to paid leave, maternity pay & unpaid parental leave. Concerns that we may have about the way the EU operates can only be resolved by negotiation around a table and not by walking away.
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.