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Nick Smith MP has called for the Crown Prosecution Service to take action after a damning report into Operation Jasmine.

The Blaenau Gwent MP campaigned for the review into the seven-year, £15m investigation after its collapse left families calling for justice.

 

Now he is backing the Independent Review’s call for the investigation to be referred to the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division of the CPS and the full force of the law to be employed.

 

Mr Smith said: “This is a hard hitting report that exposes the shocking neglect of residents in Dr Das’s care homes.

 

“My heart goes out to the families who have lived with the knowledge their loved ones went through appalling treatment.

 

“The report confirms my worst fears, that they were let down by the people they trusted to take care of their family.

 

“The care home sector and its watchdogs now need to act on these recommendations, or this review will have been for nothing.

 

“Our loved ones deserve dignity and the best care in the place they call home.”

 

Full story: Wales Online

A damning report into Operation Jasmine

    Nick Smith MP has called for the Crown Prosecution Service to take action after a damning report into Operation Jasmine.

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Nick Smith MP recently joined forces with Team Fox and Dr Brian May in fight to keep the ban on hunting in placeahead of Wednesday’s vote.

The Blaenau Gwent MP and Brian May, well known animal welfare activist and Queen guitarist, met last week to discuss the Conservative plan to make changes to the Hunting Act. 

The pair have pledged to work together to battle for animal welfare and keep the ban on hunting in place during this parliament.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Smith said he was “delighted” to be working with Brian and Team Fox in the fight for this important cause.

“During the meeting we spoke about politics and Parliament, but most of all about our need to maintain the Hunting Act and champion animal rights here in Parliament.

I will vote against any legislation to repeal or weaken the 2004 Hunting Act and will encourage colleagues to do the same if the government brings forward the promised free vote on repeal.”

The Hunting Act, which came into force in 2005, bans the hunting of wild mammals including foxes, deer and hares with dogs. It has proved to be the most successful wildlife legislation passed by Parliament, with over 400 prosecutions to date.

Brian May, besides being an astrophysicist and a Queen guitarist, also runs his own animal rights charity, the Save Me Trust, named after the Queen Song that he penned. The charity campaigns for the protection of all animals against unnecessary, cruel and degrading treatment. He was appointed vice-president of animal welfare charity the RSPCA in 2012.

Joining Team Fox to keep the Hunting Ban

Nick Smith MP recently joined forces with Team Fox and Dr Brian May in fight to keep the ban on hunting in placeahead of Wednesday’s vote.

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Nick Smith MP has attacked the Tory Government’s latest budget as an attack on low paid workers as tax credits were slashed.

More than three million working families will be worse off as the Chancellor’s budget cuts were revealed, cuts that will wipe out any gains from raising the Minimum Wage.

 

A family with one earner on average earnings and two children will lose over £2,000 in tax credits next year from the changes announced.

 

It headlines a budget that failed to address the country’s sluggish growth and £34bn of uncollected tax.

 

The Blaenau Gwent MP, who met with Unison delegates from the borough protesting against the Tory squeeze on local government budgets, said it wasn’t the budget that working people needed.

 

“Cutting tax credits is huge and goes against everything the Tories have trumpeted about getting people into work”, he said.

 

“This punishes workers on low and even middle incomes for doing their bit.

 

“They talk about raising the Minimum Wage, which is welcome, but it is far from a living wage and is wiped out by tax credit cuts.

 

“A couple with two children where both work full time at the minimum wage will gain £1,560 from the change to the wage.

 

“But they will lose over £2,200 from changes to tax credits and not benefit from the National Minimum Wage measure.

 

“It’s giving with one hand and clawing back with the other.

 

“Lower earners need support, not being punished for working.”

 

Hedley McCarthy, Leader of Blaenau Gwent Council and part of the delegation to Westminster, said teamwork was now essential to fight cuts.

 

“It is important that local government and the unions come together in a campaign to defend jobs and services in the face of continuing austerity.

 

“We remain committed to protecting both public services and the most vulnerable in society”.

Tax credit cuts punishing people for working

  Nick Smith MP has attacked the Tory Government’s latest budget as an attack on low paid workers as tax credits were slashed.


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