Wayne David

Member of Parliament for Caerphilly

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Morgan Phillips book launch

Tribute has been paid in the House of Commons to a great unsung hero of the Labour Party. Morgan Phillips, from Bargoed in the Rhymney Valley, rose through the ranks of the Labour movement to become the Labour Party’s General Secretary.

A special event was organised by Caerphilly Labour MP Wayne David to promote Morgan Phillips’ recently published memoirs. The event was well attended by Members of the Commons and the House of Lords, as well as members of the history group Labour Heritage. Morgan Phillips’ son also attended and spoke about how he had helped publish his father’s memoirs.

After an introduction by Wayne David, Nick Thomas-Symonds, MP for Torfaen and a distinguished historian, spoke about Morgan Phillips’ huge contribution to the Labour Party. Nick explained that Morgan Phillips was the Party’s General Secretary from 1944 to 1962 and why this was a crucial time in the Labour Party’s history. Morgan Phillips also chaired the Socialist International after the Second World War, when socialist and social democratic parties were re-establishing themselves after the war.

Wayne David said, “This was a very special event. I am pleased that the important work of Morgan Phillips has been recognised and that we are celebrating his impressive achievements. Morgan Phillips was a real giant in the Labour movement. He spent the formative years of his life in Bargoed and he was a man who never forgot his roots, nor the principles which gave direction to his entire life”.

 

A picture of Morgan Phillips' book

 

The book, a picture of which can be seen above, has been published by Spokesman and copies are available from www.spokesmanbooks.com priced £14.99

Parliamentary tribute paid to ‘local boy’ who rose to run the UK Labour Party

Tribute has been paid in the House of Commons to a great unsung hero of the Labour Party. Morgan Phillips, from Bargoed in the Rhymney Valley, rose through the ranks...

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Sharron Jones, a Caerphilly resident, has succeeded in having her benefit restored by the Department for Work and Pensions.

 

Ms Jones and her daughter, Nadia, approached her MP Wayne David and he raised Ms Jones’ case on the floor of the House of Commons with the then Deputy Prime Minister.  After this, Ms Jones made a fresh application for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and was restored to the ESA Support Group, which she had previously been on before her benefit was cut by the Government.

Although this is a partial victory for Ms Jones, and the Government has effectively recognised that Ms Jones’ benefit should not have been reduced in the first place, her fight is not finished. Ms Jones is appealing against the original decision and for the payment of monies which she has lost.

On hearing of the news, Mr David said, “I am very pleased that the Government has recognised that their decision to reduce Ms Jones’ benefit was wrong.  Medical assessments indicated that Ms Jones would not be able to work and this has now been accepted by the Government.

"Unfortunately, it has taken a long and hard struggle for Sharron Jones to have her benefit level restored.  I now really hope that the Government pays her the money she should have had after they incorrectly assessed her”.

Partial benefit victory for 'unfairly treated' Caerphilly woman

  Sharron Jones, a Caerphilly resident, has succeeded in having her benefit restored by the Department for Work and Pensions.  

Members of the Caerphilly Workmen's Hall Volunteer Committee with Wayne David        Caerphilly Workmen's Hall

Wayne David, MP for Caerphilly, has given his full support to the Volunteer Committee who are working to ‘breathe new life’ into the Caerphilly Workmen’s Hall.

Mr David paid a visit to the Hall and saw at first hand the excellent work that is underway. The Hall has recently received a grant from ‘Awards for All’, but much more is needed to restore the Grade II listed building to its former glory.

Despite the current limitations, the Hall is being widely used for a range of community events and activities. The Hall is mentioned in Caerphilly County Borough Council’s ‘Caerphilly Basin Masterplan’ and there is clearly a need in the community for a building like the Miners’ Hall.

After his visit, Mr David said, “This is a wonderful building and credit must be given to the excellent group of volunteers who are working so hard to improve the building and increase its use. I have given my full support to the Hall Committee and I will do whatever I can to help to take the Hall forward.”

Wayne David MP visits Caerphilly Workmen’s Hall and is ‘enormously impressed’

         Wayne David, MP for Caerphilly, has given his full support to the Volunteer Committee who are working to ‘breathe new life’ into the Caerphilly Workmen’s Hall....


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