10 October marked the centenary of the sinking of the RMS Leinster. The vessel operating as a mail boat between Dún Laoghaire (then Kingstown) to Holyhead was torpedoed and sank by a German submarine U-boat 123 while on its way to Holyhead.
Over 500 crew and passengers perished making it the greatest loss of life on the Irish Sea. Both Irish and Welsh communities suffered losses as well as other countries far and wide.
I laid an all-party Early Day Motion to commemorate the centenary. I also attended and took part in commemorative events. As an ex-seafarer that worked on the Irish Sea, I strongly associate with the seafaring communities and respect the memory of those who died and their families and friends. I also pay tribute to the dedication of Merchant seafarers and civilians who along with service personnel have given service in the Great War 1914-18 and subsequent conflicts. We will not forget.
I pay tribute to the organisers in Holyhead and our friends across the Irish Sea who are both divided and united by the sea.
Welsh / UK Hospitality
In Parliament, I also attended the UK Hospitality Industry event and met owners, managers and operators from across North Wales who attended. We discussed the concerns, strengths and challenges of the Industry and the strong contribution it makes to our economy. Anglesey and Wales has an improving brand and I will continue to promote it and work with the industry in making Anglesey a premier location.
The UK Government continues to implode as it struggles to come up with a coherent and workable Brexit plan. Both the Tories and DUP are trying to bounce the Prime Minister into all sorts of polarised positions. Mrs May has not helped. Ever since she lost her parliamentary majority and hard Brexit mandate, she has failed to reach out and has become a prisoner to the Tory hard Right and the DUP. This matter is too serious for this internal division to continue.
Back in the constituency I met the Leader of the County Council, held surgeries and had meetings on the impact of Brexit on sectors of the Island population.