Today, I visited The Crown Inn, Lixwm, to congratulate them on being nominated by constituents for the Parliament Pub of the Year competition.
The Parliamentary Pub of the year competition is in its first year and will give 650 MPs the opportunity to nominate a pub to be recognised as the Parliamentary Pub of the Year.
The main criteria for nomination is a pub that is great at what they do. This can include the range of beer or food provided, the dedication to serving the local community or a specialism in music or sports.
The Crown Inn will now have to produce a short video to sell why it should win the competition for 2019.
The pub in Lixwm was nominated due to its dedication to the local community and ability to support local groups in organising events and acting as a hub of the village.
It was a real pleasure to nominate The Crown Inn, Lixwm, as it a pub that has secured the heart of the community and acts as a real hub for all activities. The Crown Inn received the most number of nominations by Delyn constituents showing that it is really valued as a community asset.
We should not forget that our pubs are not just places to enjoy a meal or a drink. They are important cornerstones of the town or village in which they nestle. Owners of pubs are important as they ensure that everyone in a community has someone looking out for them and provide them with a welcoming place for everyone to socialise.
Lixwm is a hidden gem of a village in Delyn. It has a strong community spirit and is a place that represents the best of our constituency. I wish The Crown Inn all the best in the competition and know that the judges will be impressed by their ability to nurture the local community.
Anthony (Tony) Griffiths, from The Crown Inn said:
“I’m pleased our pub has been nominated after four years of hard work by the team here in Lixwm. The Crown is the hub of the village and suits most needs, ranging from good home cooked food, great ales and it is a great place to meet.”
I became one of the founding members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for theatre this week.
Hosted by Tracy Brabin, Labour MP for Batley and Spen and Giles Watling, MP for Clacton – both former professional actors – the group has been founded to support the resilience and relevance of theatre in the UK for audiences, its off stage and onstage workforce and society.
Guests heard speeches from Arts Minister Helen Whately MP, Shadow Minister Kevin Brennan MP, Vice-Chair Lord Kerslake and Julian Bird, CEO of the Society of UK Theatre.
Actor Hugh Bonneville also spoke, introduced by Giles Watling MP, and there was a special performance from the Royal Shakespeare Company production Matilda The Musical. Read more “Launching new All-Party Group for theatres”
The Justice Select Committee, this week, was able to question the Secretary of State for Justice and the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry on a wide variety of subjects.
I used my series of questions to focus on the promises made by the Prime Minister on new prison places. As you can see from the exchange it was extremely difficult to get a straight answer from the Secretary of State with him preferring to talk about places lost and his hopes to keep all current prisons opened.
I was able to ask a lot more questions and you can watch the full session here: https://tinyurl.com/y6ss2uqd
I am troubled by the rise in youth unemployment in the constituency and the stagnation in overall unemployment with levels remaining stubbornly high.
The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in September 2019 was 1,265.
This represents a rate of 3.9% of the economically active population aged 16-64.
The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.7%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 3.9% in June to August 2019.
The number of claimants in Delyn constituency is 205 higher than September 2018 and 10 higher than August 2019.
There were 285 claimants aged 18-24 in September 2019, 45 higher than September 2018. Read more “Unemployment: September 2019”