I welcome the news that the Supreme Court has ruled in favour of UNISON – one of the UK’s largest trade unions – which means that employment tribunal fees will now be scrapped.
The Supreme Court – the UK’s highest court – has unanimously ruled that the Government was acting unlawfully and unconstitutionally when it introduced the fees four years ago.
From today, anyone who has been treated illegally or unfairly at work will no longer have to pay to take their employers to court. Read more “Supreme Court Tribunal Ruling”
I joined the Bank of England’s Chief Cashier, Victoria Cleland, in Parliament on 19 July to find out more about the new £10 note featuring the world-renowned author Jane Austen.
I tested the new tactile feature on the £10 note which helps blind and vision impaired users identify their value – a first for Bank of England banknotes. The tactile feature is a series of raised dots in the top left-hand corner and has been developed in conjunction with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). This is in addition to the elements already incorporated in Bank of England banknotes for vision impaired people; the tiered sizing, bold numerals, raised print and differing colour palettes.
It was interesting to see all the new security features that the new £10 note contains, but what I found most intriguing is the new tactile feature to help blind and visually impaired users to identify the value of the note. Read more “New £10 note”
I am deeply concerned by today’s police recorded crime statistics which show that total crime in North Wales has increased.
Total police recorded crime on 31 March 2017 stood at 40,871, an increase of 204 since 31 December 2017. However, when you investigate the figures by crime you can see that the sharpest rise in crime has been in violent crime.
Here are just some examples of how crime has changed since December 2016: Read more “Crime Increases in North Wales”
This week I signed Early Day Motion (EDM) 144 which calls for the use of wild animals in circuses to be banned.
The EDM reads:
That this House notes that a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses was included in the manifestos of the Labour, Plaid Cymru and Green parties at the 2017 General Election; recalls that 94 per cent of respondents to a Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs public consultation supported a ban and the House voted unanimously in favour of such a ban in 2011; further notes that currently two circuses with fewer than 20 wild animals are touring England and Wales; notes that a deadline of December 2015 was included in the Government’s draft Wild Animals in Circuses Bill; notes that the UK has fallen behind 31 countries which have introduced similar national measures; and calls on the Government to bring forward this manifesto commitment at the earliest opportunity. Read more “Wild Animals in Circuses”