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Nick Smith MP has asked the Government to come clean on their electrification plans after cancelling improvements across the country.

Transport Secretary Patrick McCloughlin has insisted the electrification of the Great Western rail line is his “top priority” despite the “reset” of the £38bn five-year plan to overhaul Britain’s railways.

Electrification work has been “paused” on the Midland mainline and on the Transpennine route between Leeds and Sheffield.

But Mr McCloughlin said: “Electrification of the Great Western Line is a top priority. And I want Network Rail to concentrate its efforts on getting that right.”

Blaenau Gwent Labour MP Nick Smith said: “The Government must come clean on its plans for electrification of the Great Western route. They have yet to deny that only two of the four lines west of Newbury will be electrified and they need to confirm this either way.

“My view is that we need four lines as originally planned, so that Wales and the valleys lines can properly benefit from rail electrification investment. If it’s not done now, it will only mean higher costs and more disruption in future.

“The transport minister must now throw his weight behind the full scheme to ensure it is delivered.”

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South Wales can't be left behind by Government

Nick Smith MP has asked the Government to come clean on their electrification plans after cancelling improvements across the country.

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Nick Smith MP has called for the Government to get a grip after Amazon's latest tax arrangements were revealed.

Online retail giant Amazon has fuelled further anger over its tax bill as it emerged the group's UK business paid just £11.9 million in tax last year, despite the group taking £5.3 billion in sales from British shoppers.

Labour MP Nick Smith, a member of the Public Accounts Committee during the last parliament when it investigated tax avoidance, said the Government must crackdown on the problem.

He said: "It's just not good enough. George Osborne needs to pull his socks up and get to grips with this.

"Amazon has to pay its fair share. Of course it's complicated but Osborne needs to get his best Treasury geeks to do a job of work on Amazon.

"This issue isn't going away. MPs of all parties want global companies to be doing the right thing.

"Their clever lawyers and accountants are playing dodgeball."

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Government must crack down on tax problem

Nick Smith MP has called for the Government to get a grip after Amazon's latest tax arrangements were revealed.

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NICK Smith MP has championed care home staff by taking part in an open day project held across the country.


The Blaenau Gwent MP visited Plasgeller Nursing Home in Brynmawr as part of Care Home Open Day.

During the visit he had the chance to chat to staff and residents while playing a few holes of a special crazy golf course put on for the day.


The Care Home Open Day’s purpose is to showcase the daily successes of care homes which are too often overshadowed by care failures across the country.


Mr Smith is an active campaigner for care home rights in the wake of Operation Jasmine, a seven-year investigation into care home abuse in South Wales.


Speaking after the open day, he said the visit had emphasised how important it was to ensure our loved ones are treated with respect and dignity.


“It was good to see the hard work of the staff today and talk to residents about their lives and families”, he said.


“I spoke to a collier of 40 years standing and many more besides. These people were and are the bedrock of our community and they deserve the best.


“While I know most care homes are doing a good job in taking care of their residents, seeing somewhere as pleasant as Plasgeller only strengthens my resolve about toughening the law around care home abuse.”


For more information on Care Home Open Day, visit www.nationalcarehomeopenday.org.uk.

Celebrating Care Home Open Day

NICK Smith MP has championed care home staff by taking part in an open day project held across the country. The Blaenau Gwent MP visited Plasgeller Nursing Home in Brynmawr...


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