Hello and welcome to my final newsletter of 2021.
Its been a bit of a whirlwind year and I’m sure many of you are looking forward to a brighter and happier 2022. Please do stay safe this Christmas as you enjoy time relaxing with family and friends. Covid is still with us so we need to remain vigilant.
It was lovely to welcome Dame Rosemary and Derek Butler to Westminster last week and it made me realise that I haven’t been able to make the most of my time here as your MP by welcoming members of our CLP to come and visit so far. This has been due to Brexit, prorogation, a snap General Election and finally Covid! Hopefully next year we will be able arrange visits to Parliament and it would be lovely to be able to do this. Have a think and let me know if there is any interest in arranging a trip in the Spring. It would be lovely to see you in London!
In the meantime I wish you and yours a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful, healthy New Year.
Last week, Jayne Bryant and I visited our local Delivery Office, here in Newport West, to see this year’s Christmas delivery operation first-hand and pass on our thanks and season greetings to all the hard-working staff.Throughout the pandemic, postal workers have put themselves on the front line to keep us connected, and now during the busiest time of year, staff are working extremely hard to deliver over the Christmas period. It was great to have the opportunity to personally thank staff and pass on Season’s Greetings last week. It has been a difficult year for so many, and so I wish them well for the rest of their Christmas operation.
It was a pleasure to visit County in the Community to discuss their extensive work throughout the community here in Newport West and across South East Wales. We discussed their annual report which showcases what County in the Community have been delivering for people in Newport. From the Joy of Moving programme to the Fit & Fed programme, it is brilliant to see the positive impact their programmes are having on children and adults in Newport West. You can read the report here: https://issuu.com/…/citc_annual_report_2020…/30…
For #IslamophobiaAwarenessMonth I took the opportunity to celebrate Newport West’s diversity – one of our city’s greatest strengths – and of which I am very proud.https://fb.watch/9FMOptR11i/Islam is one of the largest religious groups in Wales, with tens of thousands of Welsh people practicing a strong and committed Muslim faith. I am proud that Newport West is home to very many of those people. It is so important to take a moment to acknowledge the key role our Muslim community has played over the last 18 months and to each of them, I say thank you. Last week, I met with members of Muslim Council of Wales to reaffirm our collective determination to challenge and eradicate hate speech and discrimination.You can watch my speech here:
This month constituents have mostly been in touch with my office about:
– Health, Services and Medicine