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Statement on the closure of Pontllanfraith Leisure Centre

It is absolutely amazing that in the face of widespread opposition from the local community, a Labour Cabinet has taken the decision to close Pontllanfraith Leisure Centre. This decision is extremely shortsighted. Centralising leisure services does not work. Once these well used community facilities are gone they are gone for good. It is all very […]

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Islwyn MP challenges the Chancellor on costly high street business rates. 

Islwyn MP challenges the Chancellor on costly high street business rates. Islwyn MP Chris Evans has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond to express his concerns about unfair business rates. Mr. Evans raised his concerns in a letter to the Chancellor following the spring statement which failed to provide struggling high street […]

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The traditional high street is in danger of becoming a graveyard unless urgent action is taken to aid shops and businesses

That was the message from Islwyn MP on a visit to Tidals store in Blackwood. During his visit Mr Evans was told that those at the top of the High Street in Blackwood, Some shops, are charged £300 per square metre while Tidal Stores is charged £310. Further down the street, shops are charged £320 […]

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Islwyn MP says it is time for the world to learn of Islwyn’s famous Welsh cakes.

Islwyn MP, Chris Evans has said it is time for the world to learn of Islwyn’s famous Welsh cakes. Mr Evans made the comments after popping along to Brace’s Bakery to sample their new line in Welsh cake. The new fillings which includes salted carmel and lemon curd will be sold throughout the country. So […]

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Argus Column for March

March 2019 Eating disorders are an incredibly personal and private battle. They are not something to be taken lightly and can end with serious medical side effects. Yet there are toxic communities online that encourage eating disorder that are only a few seconds away for anyone with access to the internet. These communities will often […]

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Islwyn MP ‘Concerned cuts will affect the ability of the police to respond to cases of Domestic Violence’

Chris Evans MP has expressed concern about the impact of spending cuts on police forces’ ability to respond to reports of domestic violence. Mr Evans speaking during the 16 days of Activism against Gender Based Violence Campaign said, ‘Cases of Domestic violence are often complex and therefore take longer to investigate. I am extremely worried […]

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CHRIS EVANS MP JOINS DOGS TRUST IN CALLING FOR AN END TO PUPPY SMUGGLING

This week Chris Evans MP attended an event hosted by Dogs Trust at the House of Commons where the charity called on the government to take urgent action to end the cruel practice of puppy smuggling. The MP for Islwyn was amongst 64 MPs and Peers who attended the event, where there was the opportunity […]

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A bad deal for Islwyn

This article originally appeared in the South Wales Argus  2.11.18 There can be little doubt there is one issue which has dominated the headlines in the past few weeks – Brexit. After two years of dithering, fall-outs and rows, Theresa May has finally come up with a ‘deal’. Amazingly, she has managed to pull off […]

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Chris Evans, The MP for Islwyn is supporting the Dump the Scales campaign to provide better treatment for eating disorders in the UK.

Over a million people in the UK have an eating disorder. However, figures from the charity Beat show that it takes 85 weeks from the moment that someone realises they have an eating disorder, until treatment starts. There are now calls growing across the country to change this. A petition started by campaigner Hope Virgo […]

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‘Police numbers are at crisis point’ says Islwyn MP

Responding to a report by the Public Accounts Committee, Islwyn MP has said police numbers in England and Wales are at crisis point and the government is not willing to take action.  In South Wales police budgets have been cut by 12% in real terms according to the NAO. Mr Evans said ‘The failure to […]

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