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April 24, 2015
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Cardiff North 2015: What Does an MP Do?

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As part of our election coverage, we asked two previous MPs to tell us what they did when they represented Cardiff North in Parliament.

Julie Morgan AM – Labour Party

Julie served as the Cardiff North MP from 1997 to 2010.

Now an Assembly Member, Julie explained that an MP’s job is actually two jobs in one: there’s the work in Westminster and the work in the constituency. These are some of the things she did in her time as an MP:

  • Presented a Bill to regulate the use of sunbeds, that was passed and is now law.
  • Served on three Select Committees: Welsh Affairs, Public Administration, and the Justice Committee.
  • Chaired three All-Party Parliamentary Groups: Children in Wales, Sex Equality, and Gypsy and Traveller Law Reform.
  • Met constituents, community and school groups in the Houses of Parliament.

Constituency work includes casework, campaigning and attending meetings and events. Julie was involved in campaigns for:

You can read more about Julie’s time as an MP on her website.

Jonathan Evans – Conservative Party

Jonathan served as the Cardiff North MP from 2010 to 2015.

Jonathan’s senior caseworker explained that, “The job of an MP is first and foremost to represent their constituents, not just in Parliament but through government departments, local authorities, public and private organisations, and other stakeholders. MPs must also represent the views of their constituents and party when voting and debating issues in the House of Commons.”

Over the last five years Jonathan has taken up a wide range of issues on behalf of constituents, including:

  • Health
  • Potholes
  • Immigration
  • Social housing
  • Welfare benefits
  • Child Support Agency
  • Planning
  • Assisting local businesses
  • Responding to constituents’ requests for views on issues

He has also been involved in local campaigns, including:

  • Libraries
  • The Local Development Plan (LDP)
  • First Friends nursery in Llanishen

In Parliament Jonathan has:

  • Led debates on Llanishen reservoir.
  • Led debates on fire safety regulations.
  • Introduced a Private Members’ Bill on better access to cancer drugs.

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April 14, 2015
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Cardiff North 2015: Elizabeth Clark – Liberal Democrat

Elizabeth Clark, Liberal Democrat

We asked all the Cardiff North candidates to tell us who they are and why they’re standing for election.

Who are you?

I was born in North Road and grew up in Cardiff. I went to Eglwys Wen Primary and Bishop of Llandaff High Schools and my first job was working for Lloyds Bank in Whitchurch.

After graduating from Reading University I qualified as a human resource manager at the University of South Wales and as a teacher at Cardiff Metropolitan University. While working as the Governing Body Development Manager for Cardiff Council I supported most of the schools in Cardiff North. Having worked for central and local government I believe in the importance of good public services.

As a Cardiff City Councillor I’m a strong champion for local people. I was proud to have voted alongside all the Liberal Democrat councillors to save Whitchurch, Rhiwbina, Cathays Rhydypenau, Roath, Radyr and Rumney libraries from the Labour Council closure proposals. I’ve most recently been campaigning against the Council plan to spend nearly £3 million pounds replacing most of the wheelie bins in Cardiff with smaller ones and to take away the choice of local people.

I care passionately about Cardiff and am pleased to be the first woman to be given the hereditary freedom of the city of Cardiff. However, any rights to graze my sheep in Heath Park have now ended!

Why are you standing for election?

I believe strongly in the Liberal Democrat values and am proud that it was the Liberal Party who first fought against social injustice. I’ve been campaigning for the party from an early age – when a teenager in the 1983 General Election by canvassing in Whitchurch and Rhiwbina villages.

I’m standing because I want to:

  • fight to preserve our open spaces around Cardiff
  • provide more funding and nurses in the NHS
  • improve the education for our children
  • build a stronger economy
  • have a government which doesn’t veer to the left and right but follows a steady progressive way forward.

Follow the candidates at our election hub. Find out what the candidates said during our Tweet Chat.

April 13, 2015
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Meet the Artists in Residence at Castell Coch

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Cadw have announced details of the artists who’ll be working at Castell Coch in the coming months.

Lauren Heckler

Lauren Heckler (© Lauren Heckler)

The artists are Lauren Heckler and John Abell. Lauren will work with digital media and performance, while John will be creating large scale work in the grounds.

Ffion Reynolds, Cadw’s Heritage and Arts Engagement Manager, said, “The artists will respond to Castell Coch as a whole — its physical site, but also the people that have been instrumental to its development over time, the architecture and the eccentric decoration within it.

“They will work across different themes, using different but complementing media to present Castell Coch to the public.”

John Abell

John Abell (© John Abell)

Both artists have expressed a desire to work with the local community. We’ll be keeping in touch with them and reporting on their work and how you can get involved.

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