Here is my November newsletter which I hope you will find time to read. I can’t believe it is nearly the end of 2021 already. There has been a lot going on in Parliament over the last few weeks, most of it reflecting very badly on Members of Parliament in terms of sleaze, double jobbing and the inappropriate use of resources.
I would like to reassure you that we are not all the same. I do not have a second job; there are not enough hours in the week to do all that I would like in terms of representing the people of Newport West.
I am appalled at the lack of insight shown by some who do not understand that people outside the Westminster bubble are watching and forming opinions of us.
The vast majority of MPs are hard-working and they are doing their best, so next time someone says to you about politicians, “Oh – they are all the same” please challenge them!
It was a pleasure to start November with a visit to Rogerstone Morrisons to help launch the Wrap Up Newport project with Feed Newport CIC and Morrisons Rogerstone Community. The Wrap Up Newport project is collecting donated coats this November to help the homeless, refugees, the elderly and families in need stay warm as the cold weather hits.
In addition to the Wrap Up Newport project, the Morrisons Rogerstone Community Champion, Rachel, is supporting the Food Bank and the Royal British Legion. On my visit I spoke with members from the Risca branch of Royal British Legion to launch this year’s #PoppyAppeal which provides vital support to our Armed Forces community in Newport, and across the UK.
Last month the Royal British Legion were granted the Freedom of the City of Newport. I was proud to attend this event to commemorate the RBL’s service to the country. I had a great time talking to the Royal British Legion Bike Riders to hear about how they support the serving and ex-serving members of the British Armed Forces.
Find out more about this event on the Newport City Council website: https://www.newport.gov.uk/…/Royal-British-Legion…
In Parliament, I was honoured to plant a stake in the Constituency Garden of Remembrance to remember those who fought and gave their lives on behalf of constituents in Newport West.
The Newport Chartist Rising
Last week was an important week for Newport as we celebrated the Newport Chartist Uprising of 1839. I was proud to speak at the 182nd Chartist Commemoration as we remembered the 22 Chartists who died for the right to vote on the 4th of November in 1839. Throughout the week I spoke about how the Chartists brought democratic rights to ordinary people, and the importance of protecting our democracy and equality. I think last week’s theme of protecting our democracy resonated right across the United Kingdom as the nation expressed their anger with the recent shenanigans of the Tories.
In the same month the Chancellor removed the £20 uplift to Universal Credit, the Chancellor announced his Budget.
The #Budget2021 does little to help hard-pressed communities in Newport West who are suffering from the worst effects of more than a decade of Tory austerity. This is not a budget for working people, it’s a budget for the banks and the bankers.
Whilst thousands of working people in Newport West will be forced to fork out for the extra 1.25% National Insurance tax hike next year, the banks, thanks to Mr Johnson and Mr Sunak, are getting a £4 billion tax cut.
People here in Newport West are facing a cost-of-living crisis – now, but there was nothing to address this crisis. There was nothing to help people with heating their homes, filling their cars with petrol or feeding their families. That is why Labour in Government would cut VAT on energy bills for at least 6 months.
It is a disgrace that online giants such as Amazon will be getting a £12 billion tax cut when some of the poorest in our community are forced to pay more. People with the broadest shoulders should be paying their fair share of tax, not hard-working people who will end up paying an extra £1.7 billion over the next 5 years.
Like many local people, I am desperately concerned that there was no real attempt to address the impact of the recent Tory cut to Universal Credit, which was the biggest overnight cut to welfare since World War II. Millions of people, including 9000 households in Newport West have had their Universal Credit cut, having a devastating impact on families here and across Wales. Rest assured, I will keep fighting for all of you.
You can watch my speech in the #Budget2021 debate here: https://fb.watch/9aii8a238P/
The Environment Bill
This month constituents have mostly been in touch with my office about:
– Energy, Utilities and Environment
– Health, Services and Medicine
– Culture, Charities, Media and Sport
My office continues to support people across Newport West so if you have a query or need assistance please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01633 256268.