Wayne David

Member of Parliament for Caerphilly

CLP Newsletter - November 2012

Welcome to the November edition of our Monthly Bulletin that provides you with the news of what is going on within the Caerphilly Constituency Labour Party.

We have a special meeting on Friday, 2 November starting at 6:30pm at the Council Chambers at Ty Penallta, Ystrad Mynach. The first item on the agenda will be the reselection of our MEP, Derek Vaughan. All party members will have received a letter or email inviting them to the meeting.

Please note that there will be no meeting on Friday, 9 November. Our next meeting will be held on Friday, 14 December at our usual venue and starting at 6:30pm. We have a guest speaker, Martin Mansfield, the General Secretary of the Wales TUC, and Martin will speak on the Government’s plans to introduce regional pay, and its impact on Wales.

Don’t forget that the AGM of Team Caerphilly County Borough will be held on Saturday, 17 November at 10:30am at the Council Chambers in Ty Penallta, Ystrad Mynach. Every party member within the constituencies of Caerphilly, Islwyn and Rhymney, will have received an invitation.

Team Caerphilly is the new body that has taken over the role of the old Caerphilly County Borough Party that supervises all local government election issues within the Labour Party.

Please make sure that you come out and vote on Thursday, 15 November for our Labour Candidate for Gwent, Hamish Sandison, for the Police and Crime Commissioner election. Please ask your family, neighbours and friends to cast their votes for Hamish.

Wayne David MP

Slashing workers’ rights

The other week in Parliament MPs debated the Government’s plans to attack workers rights. The ConDem Government got their own way – as they usually do - and before long employers will be able to sack workers much more easily, even when they have done nothing wrong.
Of course, in this area of law there needs to be change. But there is no rhyme or reason to water down the rights for ordinary workers. During the 1920s and 1930s the coal owners and the Government did exactly the same as what the Tories and their Lib Dem helpers are doing now – attack the rights of workers so that the employers can increase their profits.

Under the Government’s plans workers would lose out in many unfair dismissal cases. It could well mean that some workers could be sacked for no good reason and be unable to receive anything like proper compensation. As you can imagine, some of big business – many of whom payroll the Tory Party – are cock-a-hoop.

This Tory-led Government is practicing old-fashioned class warfare.  It is the same old story: make the workers pay for the crisis created by the bankers and the bosses. As everyday passes, it becomes more and more clear that David Cameron’s rhetoric about “we are all in this together” is completely hollow.

Rather than undermining workers’ rights, the Government should be maintaining job security and working to increase workforce morale and productivity. Already, Britain has one of the weakest sets of laws in the western world and this Government is trying to undermine those rights further and turn the clock back.

 We are barely half-way through this Parliament, but the light at the end of the tunnel is that there will be a General Election in May 2015. Hopefully, the Police and Crime Commissioner elections on 15 November will provide a strong staging post for us to go on to the European elections in 2014, and then to the General Election.

Jeff Cuthbert AM

Price freeze on the Rhymney Line needed

Earlier this month I wrote a letter to the managing Director of Arriva Trains Wales calling for a price freeze on the Rhymney Valley Line next year. Prices on the Rhymney Valley line have been accelerating way above average earnings in recent years, leaving many people no option but to spend more of their already squeezed income for necessary travel. A return ticket to Cardiff, for instance, has increased in price by 18% since 2010 and I believe this is simply unacceptable in this current climate.

With high unemployment, stagnant wages and the cost of living rising it is only fair that accessing public transport does not become such a burden that it excludes people who need to use it.

Freezing prices next year would help hard-pressed commuters with the cost of travel whilst giving a much needed break for people on low incomes trying to access the jobs market.

We hope that our call is met with a positive response.

Breast Cancer Awareness – Wear It Pink

Local Labour AM Jeff Cuthbert has backed the fight against breast cancer by taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign’s award winning fundraiser, wear it pink day.

Now in its 10th year, wear it pink, was on Friday 26 October and saw supporters from all over the country in schools, colleges and businesses embracing the event’s new theme, superheroes.

Jeff Cuthbert AM said “Every year in Wales, over 2,600 women and are diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 600 will die from the disease. On average 15 men will also get breast cancer. This is why we all need to support wear it pink day on 26 October, so that Breast Cancer Campaign can continue to fund research which will one day lead to a cure.”

Fundraising Update

The Pony and Pizza Race Night held on Thursday 20 September was a huge success.  Thank you to everyone that attended and supported the event.

Unfortunately, the Murder Mystery Night on Friday 2 November has been postponed.  There are plans to re-organise the event in early 2013.

The bus trip to Parliament on Wednesday 12 December 2012 is now fully booked.  Letters will be issued very soon to those people who have expressed an interest with further details of the trip.

Arrangements are currently being made for our annual New Year’s Dinner and our New Year’s Raffle. 

If you would like any further information about the events above or if you have any fundraising ideas, please contact Lisa Jones on 07811 104389.


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