Parliament is currently in recess for the summer which leads some people to think that MP’s are on holidays for the whole time. Whilst that sounds nice, it’s not the reality. Most MP’s take a week or two on holiday but the rest of the time is spent fitting in meetings and events that we do not get time to attend when Parliament is sitting.
I am using the time to meet with South Wales Police, Gwent Police, the Leaders of Merthyr Tydfil & Caerphilly Councils as well as meet with local businesses and community projects. I have also taken the opportunity with Dawn Bowden AM & councillors to organise door knocking sessions in local communities to take up concerns from residents and to deliver contact information should anyone need our assistance in the future. Further door knocking sessions are planned in August & early September.
Following the EU referendum, I held a recent advice surgery for EU citizens concerned about the impact of Brexit. A number of people attended to raise concerns about the uncertainty they are now experiencing. A small number of families are also experiencing comments that do not make them feel welcome in communities where they have made their home. I hope that these incidents do not escalate and that instead we can all promote a spirit of friendship.
Women born after April 1951 may be affected by changes to pension entitlement. Figures show that there are over 3,000 women affected in this constituency. I am supporting a national campaign, Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) to allow greater transition to the new arrangements. I have held 2 recent advice surgeries on this in Merthyr Tydfil & in Rhymney. If you think you may be affected or if you would like to sign the petition, please get in touch with my office on 01685 383739
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.