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Nick Smith, the Shadow Minister for Food, Farming and Rural Affairs, has pressed the Government over their lack of consultation regarding an important EU vote on GMOs.

The EU rejected plans to allow individual countries to place bans on GM food and feed, with the UK voting against the proposals.

Shadow Minister scrutinises rejection of GMO food and feed rules

Nick Smith, the Shadow Minister for Food, Farming and Rural Affairs, has pressed the Government over their lack of consultation regarding an important EU vote on GMOs. The EU rejected... Read more

HERE is a link to the latest question session in Parliament for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Questions - 5th November

HERE is a link to the latest question session in Parliament for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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For a full video of the Westminster Hall debate led by Nick Smith, click here

The UK Government is undermining democracy with its “rushed” move to a new system to register people for elections, Blaenau Gwent Labour MP Nick Smith has warned.

IER rush a "body blow" to democracy

  For a full video of the Westminster Hall debate led by Nick Smith, click hereThe UK Government is undermining democracy with its “rushed” move to a new system to... Read more

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Nick Smith MP is calling for the jokers of the classrooms to be heard as he comperes this year’s Voicebox finals in Westminster.

 

Supporting young jokers in Parliament competition

  Nick Smith MP is calling for the jokers of the classrooms to be heard as he comperes this year’s Voicebox finals in Westminster.   Read more

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Nick Smith MP has welcomed news that inquests will be held into deaths of patients at care homes investigated as part of Operation Jasmine.

 

Welcome news of inquests into Operation Jasmine

  Nick Smith MP has welcomed news that inquests will be held into deaths of patients at care homes investigated as part of Operation Jasmine.   Read more

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Nick Smith MP has welcomed a new TUC campaign that aims to put good jobs in the communities that need them most.

Welcoming Valleys TUC campaign

Nick Smith MP has welcomed a new TUC campaign that aims to put good jobs in the communities that need them most. Read more

 

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Nick Smith MP is calling for a halt to the Tory Tax Credit cut as thousands of families in Blaenau Gwent face the reality of losing an average of £1,300 a year.

 

Halt the Tory Tax Credit cut

  Nick Smith MP is calling for a halt to the Tory Tax Credit cut as thousands of families in Blaenau Gwent face the reality of losing an average of... Read more

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Nick Smith MP has called for proper scrutiny of the auto-renewal insurance cost after claims Blaenau Gwent drivers have overpaid by an estimated £1.4m.

 

Criticising the £1.4m bill for Blaenau Gwent drivers

Nick Smith MP has called for proper scrutiny of the auto-renewal insurance cost after claims Blaenau Gwent drivers have overpaid by an estimated £1.4m.   Read more

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Nick Smith MP has celebrated the success of a Blaenau Gwent band after their victory at a national competition.

 

Ebbw Valley Brass have now made it three wins in a row at the Nationals, taking place this year at Cheltenham.

 

Celebrating Ebbw Valley Brass victory

  Nick Smith MP has celebrated the success of a Blaenau Gwent band after their victory at a national competition.   Ebbw Valley Brass have now made it three wins... Read more

 

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Nick Smith MP has warned people to be vigilant on the eve of the Rugby World Cup for ticket fraud as he continues to campaign for a fair secondary ticket market.

 

The Blaenau Gwent MP was part of a delegation to meet Business, Innovation and Skills Minister Nick Boles as reports continue to flood in about sky-high ticket prices and fans being swindled by fake or non-existent tickets.

 

With a prominent website still running despite its phone line being suspended by the police, Mr Smith said it was important rugby fans used official channels wherever possible to avoid disappointment.

 

The getsporting.com website is still currently on the first page of Google, with tickets for all matches of the RWC being available.

 

But the national fraud intelligence bureau has suspended the website’s phone line and was assessing the website as of the end of August, with the City of London police confirming it had also referred the matter to a local police force for possible investigation.

 

Speaking as the rugby celebrations are set to get underway, Mr Smith said to ensure you are protected you should use the RWC’s official ticket resale service at https://tickets.rugbyworldcup.com/

 

“Most games still have seats available on the resale site but people might think they have no option but to look elsewhere”, he said.

 

“We campaigned hard for legislation earlier this year that would protect ordinary fans from rip-offs and fraud online, with several protections being brought in so buyers have more peace of mind.

 

“But sites are still selling tickets for all sorts of events with incomplete information, tickets for rows and blocks that don’t even exist or at its most simple tickets that aren’t even owned by the seller at all.

 

“We are in real danger of the UK becoming the ticket fraud capital of the world”.

 

“I’ll be continuing to work with colleagues to fight against the internet spivs. Until then, make sure whenever possible to go to the official site.”

 

Reg Walker, the Operations Director at ticket security firm Iridium, said practices such as “speculative ticketing” where touts sell tickets they don’t own in the hope of buying them at a later date were hurting ordinary fans.

 

He confirmed his team dealt with 3,600 people who had presented invalid and counterfeit tickets for shows at the 02 in 2013.

 

“This country has a fantastic reputation for events, it’s a real jewel in the crown, but that reputation is being tarnished,” he said.

 

For more information, visit http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/rugby-world-cup-2015-tickets-10072914

Nick Smith MP warns people to be vigilant of ticket rip-offs in build up to RWC

  Nick Smith MP has warned people to be vigilant on the eve of the Rugby World Cup for ticket fraud as he continues to campaign for a fair secondary...

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