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Update on my work in Parliament and the constituency
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Thank you for reading my July 2016 update on my work in Cardiff Central and in Parliament. 

During July my team and I have held 7 advice surgeries for constituents, including specialist weekly immigration clinics. Details of forthcoming surgeries are at the bottom of this email, and surgeries will continue throughout the summer break. You don't need an appointment for surgeries, please just drop in.

This month in Parliament has been significantly coloured by the events following June's Brexit vote, and the installation of the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, much earlier than was expected. We did, however, debate and vote on the renewal of the Trident Missile system, the Higher Education Bill and the Wales Bill. Summer recess is now underway and I'm looking forward to being able to spend much more time at home in the constituency and meeting with Cardiff Central residents and organisations.
Councillor Mohammad Javed
My friend and colleague Councillor Javed, who was Councillor for Plasnewydd ward, passed away this month after a period of illness. Javed was an excellent councillor, and a source of much thoughtful advice to me throughout the time that I knew him. He will be much missed.
Out and About
As a committed football fan, Wales' phenomenal performance in the Euro 2016 tournament has been a highlight for me this month. Although it's a shame we didn't make the final, I am so proud of the team and of our fans and supporters in Wales and in France whose behaviour and attitude was exemplary. The team's returning home bus tour took place in Cardiff Central and was a fantastic community event. We really are #TogetherStronger.
I joined young people from across Wales with representatives from Llamau and Dewis Housing in Parliament this month to help support their campaign to End Youth Homelessness. The campaign, which was supported by Michael Sheen, has already led to a change in policy in Wales to stop local authorities putting under 18 year olds in B&B accommodation. We're now working on a new campaign for the government to fund a national 24 hour helpline for young homeless people.
Cardiff Council are currently conducting their annual 'Ask Cardiff' survey, which asks residents their opinions on a range of council services including waste management, transport and social services. If you want to have your say, you can do so online here.
I joined British Lung Foundation in Parliament this month for the launch of their Listen to your Lungs campaign. BLF campaign to raise awareness of lung disease and other health problems affecting the lungs, and are encouraging people to take a breath test which can detect any potential lung problems. Find out more here.
City Road, in the heart of Cardiff Central, is the focus of a BBC Wales TV documentary this month. The programme is highlighting the diverse culture that local residents love, including its varied cuisine and huge range of independent shops. You can watch it on BBC iPlayer here.
Cardiff Book Fest was launched this month at Cardiff Central Library. The festival will celebrate literature and literary figures from Wales and beyond, and will take place in October right across the city.
I visited Tesco in Cardiff City Centre to support their Foodbank collection in partnership with Fareshare Cymru. Thanks to generous customer donations, Tesco and Fareshare have been able to provide 2.8 million meals to people in need across the country this summer.

In Parliament

Higher Education Bill Debate
In July, Parliament debated the Government's Higher Education and Research Bill. Amongst other proposals, this Bill compromises the independence of Universities' governance and will allow some institutions to charge increased tuition fees piling yet more debt on students and graduates.
 
With three universities in Cardiff Central and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, the sector is a major employer as well as bringing tens of thousands of students here to study who contribute hugely to the local economy. I will vigorously oppose anything that creates risks for our higher education sector.

In the debate, I challenged the new Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening, asking her what she considered to be an acceptable level of debt for a graduate. I also raised the impact of Brexit on Cardiff's three universities - which have received significant EU funding - and the UK Government's lack of reassurance to the university sector so far.
 
To read more, click here.
Attorney General Questions
Since the EU referendum result there has been a resounding silence from the Government on whether it will maintain the workplace health and safety and employment protections that EU law has underpinned in the UK for many years. Brexit means that EU legal protections will disappear, unless parliament specifically re-enacts them.  

So I took the opportunity to challenge the Attorney General to commit to at the very least, maintaining current levels of protection, specifically guaranteeing the families of those killed at work, that equivalent legislation and workplace protections will be urgently re-enacted.

Click here to watch the full exchange.
Trident Nuclear Missile System 
This month I voted against the renewal of Trident. I publicly committed to vote against renewal during the general election campaign. I have been a lifelong anti-nuclear campaigner and I don't believe that Trident renewal is the right defence option based on the international security risks we currently face and are likely to face in the future. Unfortunately, the Commons backed renewal by 472 votes to 117.

Upcoming Advice Surgeries

I hold regular surgeries around the constituency. All surgeries are drop-in, no appointment is needed.

Every Wednesday, 11am - 12 noon
Immigration Clinic at Constituency Office, 116 Albany Road

Monday 8th August, 4pm - 6pm
Advice surgery at Constituency Office, 116 Albany Road

Friday 12th August, 4pm - 6pm
Advice surgery at Constituency Office, 116 Albany Road

Friday 19th August, 11am - 12 noon
Advice surgery at St German's Church Hall, Adamsdown

Wednesday 24th August, 4pm - 6pm
Advice Surgery at Constituency Office, 116 Albany Road

Friday 2nd September, 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Advice Surgery at the Powerhouse, Llanedeyrn

Friday 9th September, 3pm - 4pm
Advice Surgery at Rhydypennau Library, Cyncoed

Friday 16th September, 4pm - 6pm
Advice Surgery at Constituency Office, 116 Albany Road

Friday 23rd September, 11am - 12 noon
Advice Surgery at St German's Church Hall, Adamsdown

Friday 30th September, 4pm - 6pm
Advice Surgery at Constituency Office, 116 Albany Road

Full details of upcoming surgeries are listed on my website.

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