Wayne David

Member of Parliament for Caerphilly

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Prime Minister's Questions - 29 November 2017

Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has raised the benefit case of his constituent, Sharron Jones, in Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons.

Mr David was approached by the family of Sharron Jones of Caerphilly. Ms Jones had a malignant brain tumour removed 20 years ago and, as a consequence, suffers severe headaches and back and neck pains. Ms Jones is unable to walk for any distance and she suffers from seizures and short term memory loss. She is dependent on her family for assisting with day to day tasks.

Over the past few years, during which her condition has not improved, Ms Jones has been in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). Until recently she had been placed in the Support Group for ESA.

Recently, however, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has placed Sharron in the Work Related Activity Group, even though they accept that Sharron is not fit for work. As a consequence, Sharron’s benefit has been significantly reduced.

In Prime Minister’s Questions, Wayne David asked the following to Damian Green, the Deputy Prime Minister who was standing in for Theresa May:

“Sharron Jones is a constituent who had a malignant brain tumour removed some 20 years ago. This left her with excruciating headaches and severe pain in her neck and shoulders.

“Sharron has now been in receipt of ESA and the Department for Work and Pensions accepts that Sharron is not fit for work. And yet she has been placed in the Work Related Activity Group and her benefit has been reduced.

“Will the First Secretary justify this to Sharron?”

In response, Damian Green indicated that he ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to look into the case if more information was sent to him.

After Prime Minister’s Questions Wayne David said, “This is a serious issue and it highlights the callous nature of government policy. The Government’s benefit policy is all about making cuts and the people who are suffering are some of the weakest and most vulnerable in our society. Sharron has my full support and I will continue to fight her corner”.

To view Wayne David's question in Prime Minister's Question and Damian Green's response in full please click here.

Wayne David raises constituent’s benefit case in Prime Minister’s Questions

Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has raised the benefit case of his constituent, Sharron Jones, in Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has attended the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in Parliament to show his support for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The event coincided with the publication of a new report by Macmillan that highlighted the challenges people face after cancer treatment ends. 

The Coffee Morning in Westminster followed on from the annual World’s Biggest Morning Coffee Morning with events held across the country. Last year over £29 million was raised for Macmillan and it is the charity’s biggest fundraising event of the year. This year Mr David attended a Coffee Morning in support of Macmillan at Mount Carmel in Caerphilly. 

As well as raising money for Macmillan, the aim of the Coffee Morning is to encourage people to get together and talk about all the issues people living with cancer have to deal with. This year there has also been a focus on highlighting the physical and emotional challenges that people can face after finishing cancer treatment. 

Research published by Macmillan shows that around one in three people are still struggling with their physical wellbeing up to two years after their treatment has ended. The research also reveals that a third of people who have completed treatment in the last two years say their emotional wellbeing is still affected.

 Speaking after attending the Coffee Morning for MPs in Parliament, Mr David said, “Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is a fantastic annual fixture and it is always really well supported throughout the Caerphilly constituency. I was really glad to have the opportunity to attend this extra event in Parliament to pay tribute to the excellent work that Macmillan Cancer Support do for those affected by cancer and their families.

 “As more people survive after being diagnosed and treated for cancer, it is important that they receive the practical, physical and emotional support they need, both during and after their treatment.”

Wayne David supports Macmillan’s Biggest Coffee Morning

Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has attended the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in Parliament to show his support for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Ballot box

Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly has criticised the parliamentary boundary proposals, which will cut the number of Welsh MPs by more than a quarter, as "gerrymandering".

These proposals have been published by the independent Boundary Commission for Wales, using a ‘formula’ that was put in place by the previous Tory-led Coalition Government.

As a result, constituency boundaries will change across the UK, reducing the size of the House of Commons from 650 to 600 seats. However, it is Wales that is set to the biggest proportional change in its representation in Parliament, with number of MPs set to fall from 40 to 29.

Speaking after the proposed changes had been published Mr David said, "Wales is to lose 11 parliamentary seats. This makes it inevitable that many of the new seats have little integrity. This is the worst kind of political gerrymandering. The Labour Party will lose the most seats because Wales is a Labour stronghold.

 “But it is unlikely that this boundary review will be implemented because it will hit the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and they are the Government's partners."

Wayne David slams boundary changes

Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly has criticised the parliamentary boundary proposals, which will cut the number of Welsh MPs by more than a quarter, as "gerrymandering".


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