Chris Evans, Gerald Jones and Wayne David
Chris Evans, Gerald Jones and Wayne David

The 3 MPs who represent the Caerphilly Borough have given their full support to Newport’s bid for City of Culture status for 2025.

Wayne David, MP for Caerphilly, Chris Evans, MP for Islwyn, and Gerald Jones, MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, have given their backing to the Newport bid because they recognise that Caerphilly and its hinterland are one region.  The 3 Labour MPs have written a letter which explains that, in the recent past, and today, Newport and the Gwent valleys are strongly linked.

In the letter of support, which the MPs have published today, they make the point that Newport is the gateway city to Wales, and the recent international events and conferences in Newport have given the city and its hinterland a higher British and international profile.

Wayne David said, “We really hope that Newport is successful in being awarded City of Culture status for 2025 because Newport is very much part of a wider Gwent region.  This is true in cultural and economic terms, and the past historic links continue to hold firm to this day, and they will be vital for the future.”

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