A respite from Brexit in the Commons chamber allows us to debate other important issues that constituents and the wider public raise. Recently the focus has been in the environment and climate change and welfare / social matters, including the need to retain free TV licences for over 75s, which the Tory Government is putting at risk by breaking its promise and hiving off responsibility to the BBC. This could impact on over 5000 households on Anglesey. I supported retaining this in a Labour led debate and thank all those who raised this matter with me.
Another Labour led debate was on the climate change emergency we are facing. I spoke in the debate and was pleased the Commons approved a motion to declare an environment and climate emergency, making the UK Parliament the first in the world to do so.
I also took evidence from the CEO of the Climate Change Committee. Their most recent report highlights the challenge and we now need to focus on the solutions. I do believe a low carbon economy can bring opportunities and benefits in new jobs, Anglesey can be central with its natural resources and skills base.
Tourism has had a boost and it was great to see a project involving Amlwch Primary School and local businesses promoting the Island and the tourist industry at Tre-Ysgawen Hall. I also visited Halen Môn, Brynsiencyn and attended the Wyl y Cyhoeddi Eisteddfod Môn Bro Esceifiog 2020 and held advice surgeries in Llangefni and Holyhead. I also got to walk the coastline in my downtime and met visitors and many locals who share our love for our unique environment.