Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has “warmly welcomed” the announcement that there is to be an inquiry into the scandal of contaminated blood. The announcement was made in the House of Commons and follows determined campaigning by victims and their families.
In June, Bronwen Morgan who is 15 years old and from Nelson, near Caerphilly presented a petition to No. 10 Downing Street calling for a public inquiry. Bronwen's ‘father’ had died after having been given blood by the NHS which was contaminated.
Wayne David said "This announcement comes after a huge amount of campaigning. Only the other day Bronwen Morgan presented a petition to No. 10 and she and the other campaigners must be congratulated on their determination and persistence. The Government has finally conceded an inquiry; now we must ensure that it is as thorough and as comprehensive as possible".
After the announcement Bronwen said "I am so pleased that the Government has now said there will be an inquiry. So many people died needlessly because of contaminated blood and we want to know how this was allowed to happen".
Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has “warmly welcomed” the announcement that there is to be an inquiry into the scandal of contaminated blood. The announcement was made in the House...
Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has given his support to local musicians in their campaign to ensure that the UK gets the best deal for British music when the country leaves the European Union.
The creative industries add over £87 billion to the UK economy and they are the fastest-growing sector, employing 1 in 11 people. The UK is the largest producer of recorded music in Europe and the second largest exporter of music, behind the United States.
Since the general election, Mr David has been contacted by a number of local musicians who have underlined how important it was that their industry is not disadvantaged by the UK leaving the EU. In particular, the musicians said that as Brexit negotiations begin the protections they wanted to see include the ability to tour and trade easily with the rest of Europe, the ability to attract European talent and vital EU arts funding.
Musicians are very concerned that the Brexit process may lead to the introduction of individual member state work permits and/or visas for British musicians touring and working across Europe. Most professional musicians and performers rely on touring and travelling for their careers and livelihoods and gigs are often organised at short notice. As some performers can be working in several different European countries over the course of a few days, the possible introduction of work permissions and/or visas for British musicians touring and working in Europe could be extremely detrimental.
Wayne David said, “At an event in Parliament this week, I pledged my support for professional musicians and performers in the Caerphilly constituency. I will do what I can to press the Government to ensure that local musicians can continue to be able to travel easily across Europe post-Brexit for touring and performing with minimum administrative burdens. As a musician myself, albeit an amateur oboist, I recognise that this is an extremely important issue”.
Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has given his support to local musicians in their campaign to ensure that the UK gets the best deal for British music when the...
Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has given his ‘full support’ to a call for a public inquiry to be held into why contaminated blood was given to NHS patients during the 1970s and 1980s.
The petition, with many thousands of signatures, was presented to 10, Downing Street, by Bronwen Morgan. Bronwen is 15 years of age and lives in Nelson and is one of Mr David’s constituents. The petition was presented on Wednesday 21 June.
Bronwen’s father passed away after being an NHS patient who received contaminated blood products.
Mr David said, "Bronwen was extremely brave. She was not intimidated by taking the petition to Downing Street. She feels very strongly about this issue and I fully agree with her. It is vital to get to the bottom of this terrible outrage."
In the 70s and 80s over 4,500 people with bleeding disorders were multiply-infected with a range of blood-borne viruses including Hepatitis C and HIV via their treatment with contaminated blood products.
Government, pharmaceutical companies and clinicians were aware of the risks posed by the products but did not inform patients and ignored all safety warnings.
In the photograph above, Wayne David is with Bronwen and her mother, Janet.