Yesterday I met with pupils of Ysgol Rhos Helyg before their visit next week to the Houses of Parliament.
The children from the school in Halkyn will be visiting Parliament next week and will experience the newly created Education Centre – which was opened by Professor Brian Cox following the 2015 General Election.
The Centre, which is situated at the North End of Victoria Tower Gardens, is a world-class education facility that inspires and connects young people with Parliament and democracy. It is a dynamic, stimulating environment, distinct from the school environment. It makes use of creative and immersive technology to create a unique learning experience. Read more “Ysgol Rhos Helyg visit”
I am encouraging all local A-level students in Delyn to take part in the Political Studies Association (PSA)’s Schools’ Video Competition, now in its seventh year.
A highlight in the PSA’s calendar of activities to engage young people in the study of politics, the annual film competition, sponsored by YouGov, is open to post-16 students who will be studying during the academic year 2017-18.
This year’s competition asks students to explore the question: “Fake News: Is this the end of facts?”. Groups of students are invited to submit short videos on this subject, examining what fake news is, what effect it may be having on the political landscape and what it means for expert opinion and ‘factual’ knowledge. Read more “PSA Competition for A-Level Students”
I attended a parliamentary event bringing together people with living with mental health problems from Delyn to discuss mental health services.
The event – ‘Mental Health: Raising the Bar’ – was organised by national mental health charity Mind and took place on 13 September in the House of Commons, with the aim of promoting conversations between people with mental health problems, local Minds responsible for providing services and policymakers.
I listened to the experiences of people affected by poor mental health and showed my commitment to ‘raising the bar’ for mental health services in Flintshire by putting my name to a pledge board. Read more “Supporting MIND”
As a former Police Minister I am warning that the gerrymandering of police pay means that North Wales Police could see a further pressure and increase in costs for council tax payers.
On Tuesday 10th September the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) announced their recommendations for the 2017/18 pay settlement.
The Policing Remuneration Review Body recommend a 2% consolidated pay rise to all pay points for federate and superintending ranks.
At PMQs this week the Prime Minister claimed that the government had accepted the independent body’s recommendations in full. This is untrue. Instead they offered a 1% payrise and a 1% one-off non-consolidated payment to officers at federated and superintending ranks. The additional 1% is non-pensionable. Read more “Fears over further cuts to police budgets or increase council tax”