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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 […]


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 […]


South Wales Argus Column 22.10.18

Last year in my constituency the daily mile initiative was launched at Pontllanfraith Primary School. What I really like about the daily mile initiative is it gets kids up and moving every day. A mile isn’t a huge distance to walk but it allows kids to get out of the classroom and learn that being […]


South Wales Argus Column – Brain Injury – Monday, 18th June

Sports related head and brain injuries are on the rise. According to Headway, the brain injury charity, the latest available figures show there are around 350,000 patients admitted to hospital with acquired brain injury every year. Head injuries form a large part of hospital admissions, with an average of over 400 every day across the […]


South Wales Argus Column – 7th May 2018

A long standing issue in my constituency over many years has been the proposed re-opening of the railway link between Ebbw Vale and Newport. Today, residents in my constituency can board trains to and from Cardiff at Newbridge, Crosskeys or Risca and Pontymister. Yet if they want to journey to Newport by train they must […]


We must not return to the dark days of the past

This article first appeared in the South Wales Argus. South Wales has a long history of opposing fascism and hate in all its forms. In Blackwood there is a plaque dedicated to the lives of the men from the South Wales Coalfield who fought and died for the cause of democracy against the evil of […]