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I recently secured a debate in Westminster Hall which called on the UK Government to establish a new ‘Town of Culture’ award. This award would operate in a similar way to the City of Culture Award and would give winning towns investment into the arts and culture scene in their locality.

The idea for the ‘Town of Culture’ award was created by the Labour Towns Group, a group made up of Labour MPs who represent towns in England, Wales and Scotland.

The City of Culture Award has proven to be of huge value to our cities. The last recipient of the award, Hull, estimates that that programme generated £60 million in 2017 along from visitor income and additional drive. It generated 800 new jobs, 5 million visitors and £220 million of additional investment. Read more “Westminster Hall Debate: Town of Culture Award”

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Providing safety and security on our streets is the first role of our government. Yet we have seen nearly 10% of our police cut in North Wales. Our police are working tirelessly to keep us safe, but the Government has made their job harder than it should be.

Today, I attended a Westminster Hall debate on anti-social behaviour and I put it to the minister that the forthcoming budget should allocate more resources to our police. Only then can we stop low level criminals becoming the hardened criminals of tomorrow.

If national government funding cuts are implemented it will see us return to levels of police not seen in a generation. I will not stand by whilst this reckless policy is pursued.