Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has responded to the decision of Keith Reynolds to stand down from the leadership of Caerphilly County Borough Council and not seek re-election as a councillor for the Aberbargoed Ward.
Wayne David said "Caerphilly Council is one of the best local authorities in Wales, providing good quality services and value for money. The proposed very small increase in the council tax in Caerphilly is, in large part, due to Keith's sound and determined leadership.
“He will be missed as Leader of the Council - and the people of Aberbargoed in particular will miss him. Local government will be without someone who has enormous commitment and experience."
Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has responded to the decision of Keith Reynolds to stand down from the leadership of Caerphilly County Borough Council and not seek re-election as...
On 7 February, Caerphilly Labour MP Wayne David spoke in a debate in the House of Commons on the need to change the law on careless and dangerous driving. This followed an accident that caused the death of three of his constituents. Mr David believes that the sentence given to the defendant in this case was not, in any away, proportionate to the offence.
Mr David had called upon the Government to consult on the possibility of a change in the law. This suggestion, however, was rejected by the Justice Minister.
Mr David has now linked up with Brake, the road safety charity, and PACT, the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety and intends to pursue the issue with a view to changing the law.
Wayne David said, “The families of the three young men who lost their lives are determined that this issue must not be dropped. I agree. Although the Government has refused to consult on a possible change to the law, it is clear from the response to my speech in the House of Commons that there is a great deal of cross party support for such a change. I intend to work with likeminded people to ensure that the law and the sentencing guidelines are changed to reflect the gravity of the crime committed.”
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On 7 February, Caerphilly Labour MP Wayne David spoke in a debate in the House of Commons on the need to change the law on careless and dangerous driving. This...
Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has been granted an adjournment debate in the House of Commons. The debate was on the Government’s consultation on driving offences and penalties relating to causing death or serious injury.
Wayne David secured the debate because he was approached by the families of three young men who lost their lives in a road traffic accident in Merthyr Tydfil in 2015. The families are from Gilfach, Bargoed in Mr David’s Caerphilly constituency.
In October 2015 the three young men were passengers in a car that crashed into a telegraph post. The driver of the vehicle was arrested and charged with causing death by dangerous driving. However, this charge was dropped and instead the driver was convicted of causing death by careless driving. The defendant was given a 10 month prison sentence.
Mr David said that this case has highlighted why the current law for driving offences is inadequate.
Speaking before the debate Mr David said, “The horrific accident that caused the death of three young men has highlighted the need for the law to be changed. I am calling upon the Government to remove the distinction between careless driving and dangerous driving. It is also important for the sentence in such cases to reflect the gravity of the crime.
“It is surely wrong that someone who has caused the death of three people should be convicted of an offence which is deemed ‘careless’. Equally, it is wrong that the sentence was for only 10 months and, I am told, the defendant was released from custody after only 5 months.
“I am calling upon the Government to acknowledge that there is a lack of public confidence in the law as it relates to driving offences that cause death and injury. I would hope that the Government begins a consultative process on this issue, with a view to changing the law.”
Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has been granted an adjournment debate in the House of Commons. The debate was on the Government’s consultation on driving offences and penalties relating...