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Westminster Matters - International Inter-Island Games-it’s legacy, Community Groups and TV Licences

Westminster Matters - International Inter-Island Games-it’s legacy, Community Groups and TV Licences

This week we welcome our friends from Islands across the world to Anglesey as we host the Inter-Island Games Football 2019 tournament. We kick of with our women’s and men’s teams taking on the Western Isles. A big thanks to all the organisers and the sponsors Huws Gray.

Come along and support this friendship games and see Ynys Môn come together as one team playing fellow Islanders. This follows the recent successful Gymnastics Island Games tournament and is a prequel to our bid for the full Inter-Island Games 2025 bid.

In 2015 I brought together sporting groups, cross party politicians, community groups to form the 2025 Anglesey bid committee. We have been working together constructively and gained support from the Inter-Island Games executive, Welsh Government and the local county council to make it happen and bring legacy benefits for all our residents in terms of health and wellbeing, as well as sports and leisure. We will be reaching out to our business community and groups to make the 2025 Games truly inclusive.

In the constituency I visited a sample of our excellent community groups, from Mencap in Llangefni to Alzheimer’s Awareness in Holyhead, and local groups in Cemaes and the FUW at their AGM at the Showground. This rich vein of volunteers are the backbone of our society and I praise them for their selfless work that enrich us all. I was also out on the doors in Amlwch.

In Parliament I met the BBC to make my firm opposition to their proposals to take away Free TV licenses for our over 75s. Let’s be clear, this is a Tory policy by proxy and a broken election pledge by them. This would impact on over 4,000 older people on Anglesey - it’s wrong to break that promise and means test the most vulnerable in our society to whom a TV is valuable.

I also met delegations including constituents and representatives from Bangor University studying Forestry and a reminder how important trees are to combating climate change and carbon emissions. On that theme I raised the matter of solar panels on community and government buildings in the Commons chamber and Net Zero carbon in the Energy committee.

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