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Update on my work in Parliament and the constituency
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Happy New Year. I hope you had a restful break over Christmas and enjoyed time with family and friends. This is my 2016 round up of my work in Cardiff Central and in Parliament and a look forward to 2017.

During December my team and I held 10 advice surgeries for constituents, including specialist weekly immigration clinics. In 2016, we've held over 110 surgeries. Details of forthcoming surgeries are at the bottom of this email. You don't need an appointment for surgeries, please just drop in.

My office will be closed for the festive break from Thursday 22nd December and will reopen on Thursday 5th January. If you need to contact us with an urgent issue during this time, please call 07754 593427.
Out and About
Congratulations to Alexandra Singeorzen of Glyncoed Primary who was the winner of the Christmas card competition that I held with Jenny Rathbone AM. Albany Gallery kindly displayed the winning and highly commended entries and we had a great time with the successful artists from schools across Cardiff Central and their families at a prize giving there. 
I joined the First Minister, relatives of International Brigadiers and trade unionists to mark the 80th anniversary of when International Brigadiers from Wales who travelled to Spain to fight against fascist General Franco in the Spanish civil war. We laid a wreath at the memorial in Cathays Park and I spoke at an event afterwards.
I am a patron of new charity Cân Cymru, which is working with dementia patients using music as reminiscent therapy. The charity needs your donations - if you have an old iPod or MP3 player you no longer need, you can donate it at my office, 9-5, Monday to Friday. Click here to find out more.
I joined supporters and staff from Show Racism the Red Card in the Speaker's House to celebrate their 20th birthday. SRTRC is an educational charity that campaigns against racism, particularly in sport. It runs educational workshops with young people across the UK doing pioneering work. I'm proud to be a long-term supporter of the charity, and was particularly thrilled to see Cardiff's Ali Abdi inducted into the hall of fame at the event, for his work with young people in sport in Cardiff.
In December I was awarded MP to Watch at the ITV Wales Politician of the Year Awards. It was an honour to receive the award. In my acceptance speech I stressed the importance of teamwork behind every successful story and had the chance to pay tribute to my office team, to local Labour activists and especially to all Cardiff Central constituents who have supported me both in the election and since.
At the start of December I opened my office as a collection point for donations to Project Shoebox Cardiff. Once again I was overwhelmed by the generosity of people from Cardiff Central, who donated hundreds of boxes of toiletries and cosmetics which have been distributed to women in refuges across South Wales.
I joined Unite the Union outside Parliament at their Hope Not Hunger event, raising awareness of the increase in food bank use as a result of Tory cuts and benefit changes. I met people from across the UK who have been relying on foodbanks.
I also joined Cubs Rohan and Maisey and their leaders from Cardiff 22nd pack in Parliament as part of the centenary celebration of the Cubs. We played giant Jenga, walked a tightrope (I was really bad). We heard all about the benefits of volunteering from Cubs and from adult volunteers who help run Cub packs across the UK.

In Parliament

December in Parliament

During December two issues dominated in Parliament: the terrible situation in Syria and the Government's lack of a plan for Brexit.

At the end of November I had written to the Prime Minister to express my deep concern about the plight of people in Aleppo and the lack of Government action to get aid to the thousands trapped, homeless and in many cases, injured. The lack of urgency and action from our Government I felt, was shameful. 

On Brexit, the cloak and dagger game by the Prime Minister and her Brexit cabinet colleagues continued. Labour secured a victory by forcing the Government to agree to publish their plan before the vote on whether to trigger Article 50 takes place. 

I have been pressing the Secretary of State for Wales and his minister, to explain what he and his department have been doing since the referendum vote, to ensure that our businesses, higher education sector, EU national friends living and working in Cardiff Central (and UK citizens in  Europe) and cultural and social links are protected on Britain's exit from the EU.

I visited key industries in Wales during December including steel and aerospace, meeting workers, unions, managers and directors and they are all very clear that the Government needs to explain its approach to give all businesses, large, medium and small, some level of certainty. I've also discussed the concerns with the CBI in Wales and the creative industry sector.

The Wales Bill is nearing the end of its passage through Parliament and much of December was spent working with my Labour colleagues in the House of Lords to try to secure numerous changes to the Bill. This will continue during January.

If you want to find out more about the issues and questions I have raised in Parliament, you can read more here.

Upcoming Advice Surgeries

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

Every Wednesday, 11am - 12 noon (starting 11th January)
Immigration Clinic at Constituency Office, 116 Albany Road

Saturday 7th January 10am - 11am
Penylan Library & Community Centre, Penylan Road

Saturday 7th January 11am - 12 noon
Cathays Library, Cathays

Friday 13th January 11am - 12 noon
Advice Surgery in Adamsdown, venue TBC

Thursday 19th January 2pm - 3pm
Advice Surgery in Pentwyn, venue TBC

My office will be closed for the festive break from Thursday 22nd December and will reopen on Thursday 5th January. If you need to contact us with an urgent issue during this time, please call 07754 593427.

Full details of upcoming surgeries are listed on my website.

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