Wayne David

Member of Parliament for Caerphilly

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Plasticus the whale visits Parliament to highlight plastic pollution

 

Wayne David MP is encouraging people living in the Caerphilly constituency to ‘pass on plastics’ by giving his support to a campaign to reduce the use of single-use plastics.

The #PassOnPlastics campaign is urging people to commit to making simple changes that will help to cut down on the amount of single-use plastics we all use. These changes include buying loose fruit from supermarkets instead of fruit in a plastic bag, no longer using plastic cutlery or taking their own re-usable cup when go people go to their favourite coffee shop.

Making these simple changes will reduce the amount of plastic pollution and make a huge difference to ocean health. Research by the #PassOnPlastics campaign shows that there are currently 5 trillion pieces of plastic in the world’s oceans. This figure grows by around 8 million tonnes every year.

The #PassOnPlastics campaign was launched by Sky Ocean Rescue last year and it aims to shine a spotlight on the issues of ocean health, particularly regarding single-use plastic, and inspire people to make small changes. As part of the campaign, earlier this week Plasticus, the Sky Ocean Rescue whale visited Parliament, as can be seen in the photograph above. The whale is made from a quarter of a ton plastic, which is the amount of plastic that enters our oceans each and every second.

Mr David has committed to do his bit to reduce the amount of single-use plastic he uses in his daily life. He has also given his support to a separate campaign to make the Houses of Parliament plastic free.

Mr David said, “The Welsh Government led the way in 2011 when Wales was the first part of the UK to introduce a charge for single-use carrier bags. It is now important we all look at ways to reduce our plastic consumption.

“The recent BBC series Blue Planet 2 showed exactly why our oceans and seas are so important. It also showed the devastating impact plastics pollution is having on sea life and why we must all do what can to protect it”.

‘It’s time to pass on plastics’, says local MP

  Wayne David MP is encouraging people living in the Caerphilly constituency to ‘pass on plastics’ by giving his support to a campaign to reduce the use of single-use plastics....

Wayne David and Fred Brewis outside Beechgrove Social Club

Beechgrove Social Club in Penpedairheol, Hengoed, has secured a substantial reduction in a penalty from the Pension Regulator which threatened the club’s closure.

Because the club had been late in paying the pension contributions for an employee, the Pension Regulator fined the club £4,500, placing the future of the club in serious jeopardy.

Following the intervention of local MP Wayne David, the penalty was reduced to £700, payable over a seven month period.

Beechgrove Social Club’s Secretary Fred Brewis believes that the decision means the club is no longer threatened with closure and can look to its future with confidence. Mr Brewis said, “This is very good news for the club. These are not easy times for any social club, but a huge penalty imposed on us could have meant that the club would have to close its doors. We are extremely grateful for Wayne David’s intervention and the strong case that he put forward to the Government Minister”.

Wayne David said, “I am delighted that the penalty has been drastically reduced. The club accept that they were slow in applying the new pension rules, but a penalty of £4,500 was completely disproportionate. I am glad that this has been accepted and the club will remain open.

“The Beechgrove Social Club is very much at the heart of the local community and I’m delighted that it will continue to be a great place to socialise.”

Social club in Hengoed staves off closure threat and looks to a bright future

Beechgrove Social Club in Penpedairheol, Hengoed, has secured a substantial reduction in a penalty from the Pension Regulator which threatened the club’s closure.

Wayne David signing the Holocaust Educational Trust's Book of Commitment

Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has signed a Book of Commitment to remember the victims and honour the survivors of the Holocaust. In signing the Book, Mr David urged his constituents to reflect on the importance of the words we all use and the impact they can have.

Holocaust Memorial Day is on 27 January (this Saturday). This is the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, which Mr David has visited and is the site of the largest mass murder in history.

To mark this important anniversary, Wayne David was invited by the Holocaust Educational Trust to sign their Book of Commitment in the Houses of Parliament. The Book is a mark of respect to those who were persecuted and killed during the Holocaust. It is also a pledge to support the work of the Trust to learn the lessons from the past and create a safer and better future.

Each year the Holocaust Educational Trust choose a different theme for their commemorative events for Holocaust Memorial Day. This year’s theme is the power of words. Spoken and written words can have a huge impact, whether for good or bad. In looking at the words we use, this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity to explore how language has been used in the past, and the impact it can have today.

Wayne David said, “Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for us all to reflect on the events of the Holocaust, and it is a chance to ensure the victims and survivors of the Holocaust are not forgotten. This is particularly important as the Holocaust moves from living history to history.

“The theme of this year’s commemorative events is the power of words. I would therefore urge my constituents to reflect on the importance of the words we all use as we mark Holocaust Memorial Day”.

‘It is important to reflect on the power of words on Holocaust Memorial Day’, says Wayne David MP

Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has signed a Book of Commitment to remember the victims and honour the survivors of the Holocaust. In signing the Book, Mr David urged...


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