Westminster Matters

Westminster Matters

Brexit Chaos, Delegations and Partnerships

In June 2017, the Prime Minister went to the Country to secure a bigger majority and a mandate for a clean (hard) Brexit and promised strong and stable leadership. The result was for the ‘will of the people’ to take away her parliamentary majority and mandate. Since then we have seen weak leadership with a hard core of right wing Brexiteers who talk of UK independence at a time when we need cooperation and stability. Instead we have internal chaos in the Tory party and Government, with resignations and open warfare among Tory MPs.

This is serious as the Country is divided and needs a Brexit deal that does not make us worse off. From the CBI to the TUC, there is a call for greater certainty and yes, stability. A customs union provides just that. I have been consistent in putting that case as I did in the 2017 election, a sensible Brexit deal based on cooperation and imagination not chaos and isolation the hapless Tory Government are providing.

At Welsh questions I put the case for real plans to be in place for Welsh communities. I will continue to do so.

I hosted meetings between residents from Anglesey who support underground transmission across the Island and say ‘No to pylons’ and arranged for them to meet OFGEM the regulator, to put forward the case for community involvement. I support this step forward.

I also facilitated a meeting between National Grid and the Isle of Anglesey Country Council. It is essential that National Grid engage with the Local Authority in a positive way on the North Wales connection across Anglesey and the Menai Straits. This was agreed.

Both meetings were positive and I will work to ensure the voice of the local community is considered. I welcome delegations to Parliament.

In Parliament I also met Vodafone and John Lewis/Waitrose. I have worked with both. Vodafone have improved their mobile connectivity across the Island and I have pressed for this. With the only Waitrose store in North Wales at Menai Bridge, I met with John Lewis/Waitrose and value their ethos of partnership between the workforce and wider community. A real lesson for the Government in Westminster.

In the constituency I held advice surgeries in Benllech and Amlwch and was out and about across the Island engaging with community groups and individuals in a much calmer environment.

I am seriously concerned with the way in which the Plaid Cymru led County Council is closing schools in an ad-hoc way with no strategy or vision. We need a 21 century plan for better schools not piecemeal closures – future generations deserve it.

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