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Nick Smith MP demanded Ministers give more support to old people struggling with their fuel bills as falling temperatures trigger cold weather payments in Blaenau Gwent. In the House of Commons Nick Smith MP revealed that 5,686 people over 75s in Blaenau Gwent would be up to £200 better off if the government adopted Labour’s energy policy.  The Cold Weather Payment was triggered on Monday the 14th, as temperatures fell at the local weather station.

Nick Smith MP criticises Minister’s “warm words” as temperatures drop

Nick Smith MP demanded Ministers give more support to old people struggling with their fuel bills as falling temperatures trigger cold weather payments in Blaenau Gwent. In the House of... Read more

Nick Smith, Member of Parliament for Blaenau Gwent, has welcomed Labour’s call for a compulsory jobs guarantee for long-term unemployed adults.  The policy would see government ensure there is a job for every adult who is long-term unemployed and people out of work would be obliged to take up those jobs or face losing benefits.

 

The latest figures show that there are 300 people in Blaenau Gwent who have been claiming Job Seekers Allowance for at least 24 months. Under the jobs guarantee these people would be given the chance to work and develop the skills they need to get back into work on a more permanent basis.

Welcoming Labour’s Jobs Guarantee to help 300 job seekers in Blaenau Gwent

Nick Smith, Member of Parliament for Blaenau Gwent, has welcomed Labour’s call for a compulsory jobs guarantee for long-term unemployed adults.  The policy would see government ensure there is a... Read more

I led a debate on the importance of a full and accurate electoral register in Westminster Hall on the 15th of January 2013. The full text of the speech is below.

 

Follow this link to watch a video of the full debate: http://news.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/hi/house_of_commons/newsid_9784000/9784917.stm

A speech on Electoral Representation

I led a debate on the importance of a full and accurate electoral register in Westminster Hall on the 15th of January 2013. The full text of the speech is... Read more

Speaking in a debate in Parliament on ‘government policies on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diabetes’, Nick Smith, MP for Blaenau Gwent called on the Government to set a realistic target of a 50% reduction in amputations by 2018.

A call for government target to reduce amputations from diabetes

Speaking in a debate in Parliament on ‘government policies on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diabetes’, Nick Smith, MP for Blaenau Gwent called on the Government to set a... Read more

Nick Smith, MP for Blaenau Gwent, has called on the Environment Agency, Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council and the Fire Service to work together and with urgency to tackle the fire at the waste disposal site, A Lewis, in Nantyglo. Nick Smith MP visited the site a number of times over the weekend and spoke to local residents.

Urgent action needed to end fire at Lewis’ waste yard

Nick Smith, MP for Blaenau Gwent, has called on the Environment Agency, Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council and the Fire Service to work together and with urgency to tackle the... Read more

MPs have backed a call from Nick Smith, the Labour MP for Blaenau Gwent, for a change in the law to stop car park operators putting up signs that confuse motorists into incurring penalty charges. Mr Smith said he had received a series of complaints from drivers in his own constituency.

MP calls for crack down on 'rip off' car parks

MPs have backed a call from Nick Smith, the Labour MP for Blaenau Gwent, for a change in the law to stop car park operators putting up signs that confuse... Read more

Yet more bad news regarding Britain’s beleaguered aircraft carrier programme. We read in yesterday’s Guardian that the defence secretary has recommended a U-turn on the decision to replace the planes to be flown from the carrier.

 

This news comes as HMS Illustrious is forced to return home for repairs, leaving Britain without an operational aircraft carrier at sea at a time of instability in the Middle East and the Falkland Islands.

Blog: Another Aircraft Carrier U-Turn

Yet more bad news regarding Britain’s beleaguered aircraft carrier programme. We read in yesterday’s Guardian that the defence secretary has recommended a U-turn on the decision to replace the planes... Read more

As we settle down for Christmas I am sure we are all looking forward to repeats of the Pirates of the Caribbean, Peter Pan or Treasure Island. But while we watch the action on screen, the Royal Navy are fighting real pirates to keep the seas safe.

Blog: Keeping Jack Sparrow on the Screen

As we settle down for Christmas I am sure we are all looking forward to repeats of the Pirates of the Caribbean, Peter Pan or Treasure Island. But while we... Read more

Carwyn Jones has provided Christmas cheer in Wales this month, by tying up the Welsh government’s budget for next year and providing financial stability in Cardiff Bay.

Blog: Fighting Fuel Poverty in Wales

Carwyn Jones has provided Christmas cheer in Wales this month, by tying up the Welsh government’s budget for next year and providing financial stability in Cardiff Bay. Read more

It was 1978 when Ian Drury released the cult classic ‘What a Waste’, but it seems little has changed since then.

 

I was honoured to be elected to the Public Accounts Committee after entering parliament. Since then I have been amazed that while people’s lives and livelihoods are being blighted by the government’s ‘too far, too fast’ cuts agenda, so much public money is being wasted.

Blog: What a Waste!

It was 1978 when Ian Drury released the cult classic ‘What a Waste’, but it seems little has changed since then.   I was honoured to be elected to the... Read more

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