Wayne David

Member of Parliament for Caerphilly

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Wayne David MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Armed Forces and Defence Procurement, has strongly attacked the Government’s defence procurement policy in an article published on the Fabian Society website.

Wayne David argues that too many contracts have been given to the United States rather than there being investment in Britain’s industrial capacity.

The article also argues that a new definition of ‘value for money’ ought to be used in government decisions about the awarding of defence contracts. Instead of a short term policy of going for the cheapest, the Government ought to be taking a long term strategic approach, seeing defence procurement as a central part of a wider part of regional policy.

Wayne David said, “It is vital that Sovereign Capability is reinforced and extended. Wherever possible the Government ought to invest in British research and development and manufacturing. It is also vital that we have a broader definition of what constitutes ‘value for money’. Britain’s defence industry must become an essential motor for our regions and for the British economy as a whole.

“Under Labour, the defence industry will become an integral part of Labour’s broader industrial strategy and will help to lay the basis for Britain to be truly a force for good in the world.”

To read the article on the Fabian Society website please click here.

Labour’s Shadow Defence Minister attacks Tories’ ‘off-the-shelf’ purchasing policy

Wayne David MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Armed Forces and Defence Procurement, has strongly attacked the Government’s defence procurement policy in an article published on the Fabian Society website....

Guide Dogs - Santa Paws

Wayne David MP met with staff, volunteers and puppies from the charity Guide Dogs to receive a Christmas gift, to thank him for his support this year. 

The charity set up a makeshift grotto in Parliament to hand out messages of thanks to Wayne David and other MP who have supported the charity in 2017. The gift, a miniature stocking, was filled with Christmas messages from people from the Caerphilly constituency highlighting Guide Dogs’ campaign for a national law on pavement parking.

Wayne David commented: “It was a pleasure to meet the guide dog pups in training and receive my thank you stocking from Guide Dogs.

“Pavement parking is a real problem in Caerphilly. Not only does it pose a danger to people with sight loss, it is a potentially dangerous obstacle for wheelchair and mobility scooter users as well as people with pushchairs.” 

Speaking after the Wayne David received his gift, Guide Dogs Campaigns Manager James White said: “We are very grateful for all of the support that Members of Parliament give to Guide Dogs.

“As well as saying thank you to Wayne for his help this year, we used this opportunity to raise awareness about the dangers of parking on pavements and to call for a change in the law.”

In the above photo of Wayne at the makeshift grotto, he can be seen with puppy walker Lynn and five-month-old guide dog puppy Barnaby. 

Wayne David gets a visit from Guide Dogs’ Santa Paws

Wayne David MP met with staff, volunteers and puppies from the charity Guide Dogs to receive a Christmas gift, to thank him for his support this year. 

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.


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