Anna McMorrin’s First 3 Weeks in the Job

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After winning a 4,174 majority in the recent general election, Anna McMorrin has had a busy few weeks.

First Day in Work

Ruth Mosalski spoke to Anna and asked her about the campaign, election night and the first few days in the job.

Anna described her experience at Westminster, “You get to know everybody and meet people in the same position. It’s amazing and humbling to walk into the Palace of Westminster. Coming out of the tube and seeing Big Ben and going into work there is such a privilege.”

Tesco Job Cuts

BBC News reported on 21st June that Tesco are cutting up to 1,100 jobs in their Cardiff North call centre.

Anna sponsored an Early Day Motion on 21st June, which “urges the Government to seek ways to intervene to help prevent such a decision and support the local economy and local community at this time” and has received 16 signatures.

She raised the issue in the Commons on 22nd June and asked, “Will the Leader of the House provide an urgent debate or statement on the issue so that we can hear what help the Government can provide and, at the very least, will the Department for Work and Pensions be dispatching a full emergency taskforce to support my constituents at this difficult time?” Andrea Leadsom, Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons, asked Anna to write to her and promised to, “seek a response from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.”

Anna and Julie Morgan AM met with Alec Brown, head of UK stakeholder relations, and Rhodri Evans, communications manager for Wales and the West of England on 22nd June. According to a statement published on Julie Morgan’s website, they used the meeting to “press them on their reasons for the job losses and why jobs in Dundee have been prioritised over jobs in Wales.”

They add, “We strongly oppose this decision and asked them to think again and take this back to their chief executive.

“We asked what the rationale was for the job losses in Cardiff and we were told there was more space in Dundee and the company wants to have one site where customer relations staff are based. They said they would come back to us with other reasons as we could not see why Dundee is a more attractive place to base these jobs.

“We feel they are not acting responsibly as a long-standing employer in Wales when the company has employed staff in Cardiff at Maes-y-Coed Road in Cardiff North for 27 years.

“We were shocked that Tesco didn’t even contact Welsh Government to discuss any help it could offer to keep the jobs in Wales before making this decision.

“We are dismayed at the huge number of good jobs that will be lost and it will have a massive impact on staff and their families.”

Julie and Anna arranged to visit Tesco House on 23rd June to meet staff.

Anna used her maiden speech on 26th June to raise the issue again and report on the meeting with staff. She said, “I have had the opportunity to spend time with and speak to many of the workers who have been told they have lost their jobs. They are devastated; many have two or three members of the same family working there.”

Anna’s maiden speech included a tribute to the late Rhodri Morgan, some background on the constituency and Brexit. She ended by saying, “I intend to use my time to stand up against failed austerity measures and for a more prosperous, fairer and more equal society. I look forward to working with my colleagues here.”

“I intend to use my time to stand up against failed austerity measures and for a more prosperous, fairer and more equal society. I look forward to working with my colleagues here.” – Anna McMorrin MP

Communication

I emailed Anna this morning to ask her some questions about how constituents should contact her and how she communicates with us.

There are many ways to get in touch with your MP but some are more effective than others. It’s important to include your address so they know you’re a constituent.

I’ve asked Anna to clarify how she would like to receive questions and if she is going to make a statement on the Velindre Cancer Centre consultations. I’ve also asked if a website is in the works.

Image credit – Eric Hossinger

Velindre Cancer Centre Community Engagement Meeting

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There’s a community engagement meeting this evening to discuss traffic, transport and parking at the proposed Velindre Cancer Centre.

Date: Thursday, June 15th

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Venue: Whitchurch RFC, Samuels Crescent, Cardiff, CF14 2TH

Room: Conference Suite (please note that the room can hold a maximum of 60 people and we are unable to reserve seats)

My Daily Cardiff North – 10 June 2017

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General Election

Newly elected Cardiff North MP, Anna McMorrin, visited Rhiwbina food market this morning. She published this video on her Facebook page and said:

“Thank you for your support on Thursday, and for coming out to vote for me as your Welsh Labour candidate in Cardiff North. The result was magnificent and It is a privilege to be able to call myself your MP. The work starts now, and I promise to ensure that Cardiff North has a strong voice in Westminster.”

 

We asked our Twitter followers what they’d like to see from Anna in her new job.

I’m hoping that Anna produces a good website and uses it to write about what she’s doing, why she’s doing it and how it’ll affect the communities in her constituency. I’m a big fan of social media but feel very strongly about the independent web and long form writing. When an MP has got a difficult or complex decision to make, I’d like to hear their thoughts and feelings about it. Anna’s colleague in Cardiff Central, Jo Stevens, publishes excellent articles about life in Westminster that provide a valuable insight into her work.

When an MP has got a difficult or complex decision to make, I’d like to hear their thoughts and feelings about it.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this. You can get in touch using this contact form or send me a Tweet.

General Election 2017: Result and Reactions

Anna

Anna McMorrin has won the Cardiff North seat with 26, 081 votes.

Labour

Anna McMorrin 26,081 50.1 +11.9
Conservative Craig Williams 21,907 42.1 -0.3
Plaid Cymru Steffan Webb 1,738 3.3 -1.2
Liberal Democrat Matthew Hemsley 1,714 3.3 -0.5

UKIP

Gary Oldfield 582 1.1 -6.6

 

Candidate Comments – Gary Oldfield

 Gary

General

Question 1 – Why are you standing for Cardiff North?

As a father of two, I am very familiar with the issues confronting ordinary families. I’m a long standing Cardiff resident and I am very much on the side of local communities and hard-working people in Cardiff North.

Question 2 – What personal qualities do you have that would make you a good MP?

I’m a self employed businessman with a wealth of life experience and work hard to provide for my family. I would bring that same determination and commitment to the people of Cardiff North if elected as their MP.

Question 3 – When did you join your party and why?

I joined UKIP two years ago because the main two parties are forever arguing, don’t deliver, and cannot keep their promises. That is why I joined UKIP, because UKIP is the only Party that provides a real voice for change.

National Issues

Question 4 – What pledges in your manifesto would you change?

UKIP has put forward an excellent manifesto both nationally and here in Wales which I’m happy to support. UKIP is a democratic party and, like all parties, some people will disagree, but personally I’m happy with what we’re proposing. If anything, I’d like to see us go further on some of our stretching targets around things like delivering affordable homes.

Question 5 – Where do you stand on brexit and how do you think the process will affect Cardiff North?

Whatever happens on June 8th, Theresa May will be negotiating Brexit after the election. We need to ensure that she gets us the Brexit that the Leave voters wanted. This means tight controls for immigration, and a sovereign UK outside the jurisdiction of the European Courts. There’s a bright future for Cardiff North after Brexit and UKIP will hold the Government’s feet to the firer to ensure they deliver.

Question 6 – What national issues would you like to get involved in and why?

The NHS is important to all of us. We’d pay for more spending on the NHS by cutting the foreign aid budget. Under UKIP’s plan we’d still give 0.2% of GDP to foreign aid (about the same as Obama did in the USA) but scrap the unrealistic 0.7% target. We’d save another £2 billion per year by ensuring that everyone coming to the UK has medical insurance and ending health tourism.

Local Issues

Question 7 – What local issues will you prioritise?

One of the major issues affecting people in Cardiff North is the difficulty in commuting into Cardiff on a daily basis. Traffic gridlock, particularly on Manor Way and Caerphilly Road causes delays and frustration for workers and those on the school run. We need to tackle this, and also provide better public transport links, ensuring that Cardiff North gains the full benefit of the South Wales Metro.

Question 8 – For local issues that aren’t an MP’s direct responsibility, how will you make a difference?

MPs provide an important voice for local people and are able to influence decision makers at other levels of Government on a wide range of issues. Listening to the views of constituents is a crucial part of the role, as well as acting on their concerns.

Question 9 – What will you do to ensure you’re a visible MP?

I’ll ensure that I hold regular surgeries throughout the constituency, as well as keeping up an active social media presence and issuing a regular newsletter so people can keep up to date with my work.

Miscellaneous

Question 10 – What’s the most difficult question you’ve been asked during the campaign and how did you reply?

I was asked why people should trust politicians because, the questioner said, they always lie! Well, we want to change the democratic system so that you have the right to recall your MP if they’re doing a bad job and force another election. We’re the turkeys voting for Christmas (just like we were in the European Parliament when we supported Brexit). Why? Because we’re not in it for ourselves but for the good of the country.

Question 11 – What would you say to someone who isn’t planning on voting?

This is probably the most important election in a generation. We have to hold the Conservatives’ feet to the fire on Brexit and we can’t risk either a huge Tory majority or the shambles of a Labour Government. Whatever you do on June 8th, please set aside just a few minutes of your time to go and vote, and of course if you decide to vote for UKIP, you’ll be voting for real change.

Question 12 – What’s your favourite biscuit?

Chocolate Digestive

Candidate Comments – Anna McMorrin

Anna

General

Question 1 – Why are you standing for Cardiff North?

I’m standing in Cardiff North because this was my home for 15 years and where I’ve raised my children.

I’m standing in Cardiff North because people here want an MP who will represent their views & how they feel, an MP that will listen & be their voice in Westminster. For the last 2 years, this has not been the case when time and time again Craig Williams has voted with the whip against the wishes of his constituents on a range of topics such as the Dubs Amendement, taking £30 a week from disabled people and voting for the triggering of Article 50 when Cardiff voted to remain.

I’m standing because I believe in fairness and an equal society, I don’t see this reflected in the policies that the Tories have enacted that have served to widen the gap between richest and poorest in our society.

I believe I have enthusiasm – an enthusiasm for projects and work that I know will change the lives of people in Cardiff North.

Question 2 – What personal qualities do you have that would make you a good MP?

I am confident that I am a good listener and communicator – I think it’s vitally important that our constituents are being listened to and are consulted with & fed back to lately.

I feel I am approachable to people – residents should be able to get in touch me with in a variety of ways and feel that I am contactable be it online, in the constituency office or at regular Surgeries.

I believe in co-operative working, I’m not here for myself – I’m here for you & we achieve more if we work together.

Question 3 – When did you join your party and why?

I joined the Labour Party in the 90s. I joined the Labour Party because of the poverty and inequality I saw as a child and that disfigures our communities. I grew up in Thatcher’s Wales – with our communities attacked and people unable to make ends meet. We still see that legacy today. But we are facing something much worse. A Tory Government that cares nothing for our public services, for our communities or for Wales. I believe we need a voice in politics that speaks for the many and not the few and that represents you.

National Issues

Question 4 – What pledges in your manifesto would you change?

That is a very good question!

Having thought about it – I don’t think I would change any of our manifesto pledges – how can I argue against more police officers in this climate? We desperately need them on our streets.

We need more sustainable houses, we need secure employment for our workforce.

Welsh Labour have listened to the people of Wales & have created a manifesto around what we know we can deliver.

Question 5 – Where do you stand on brexit and how do you think the process will affect Cardiff North?

I was a passionate Remainer – I still am. I campaigned & voted for Remain.

I accept the democratic result was reached and it was not the one I would’ve hoped for. I know this is the same for the majority of people in Cardiff North.

I think that voting for the triggering of Article 50 was wrong, I think voting against securing post Brexit funding for Wales was wrong.

I am concerned that we’re hurtling towards a Brexit that will absolutely backfire for us econcomically and for our worldwide relationships.

I think Wales is being ignored in the Brexit Talks – Welsh Labour together with Plaid Cymru put together a white paper on Brexit for Wales & this had been ignored by the Tories.

Question 6 – What national issues would you like to get involved in and why?

I am passionate about the environment and this is reflected in my career.

I am a passionate supporter of equality at all intersections and believe we must do more to protect the most vulnerable in our communities.

Local Issues

Question 7 – What local issues will you prioritise?

I would like to work with our Assembly Members & councillors on the issues that affect Cardiff North.

Julie Morgan AM has done fantastic work on the Llanishen resevoir & I would like to work with her to continue this good work.

I would like to see Cardiff become a city with a sustainable cycling plan to take pressure off our roads.

I want to ensure that we’re taking children out of poverty.

Question 8 – For local issues that aren’t an MP’s direct responsibility, how will you make a difference?

I would work with our local councillors, not against them.

I want to work closely with Julie Morgan – share ideas and ensure that we’re working collaboratively for the betterment of our constituency.

Question 9 – What will you do to ensure you’re a visible MP?

Have regular surgeries that are spread across the constituency, at various days and times to ensure that they’re convenient for residents.

Strong presence on the high street so people feel welcome to pop by.

Regular updates online and with letters to residents.

Miscellaneous

Question 10 – What’s the most difficult question you’ve been asked during the campaign and how did you reply?

I think it’s been a learning curve to stand on a platform and defend your beliefs & ideas – ensuring that you know why you believe what you believe in and that you can coherently defend them when pressed.

Question 11 – What would you say to someone who isn’t planning on voting?

I would say you can’t make a change if you don’t use your voice.

You can’t complain about the process if you’re not involved in the process.

I believe that politics is about coming together & sharing your ideas, pragmatism, compromise – we should pull in the same direction to achieve the society we want to see that delivers for the many, not just the few.

That I’m sorry you feel disenfranchised from the system and I want to listen to what I can do to help you benefit from it.

Question 12 – What’s your favourite biscuit?

Custard cream!

Update: Question 3 has been updated on request of the candidate.

Candidate Comments – Craig Williams

Craig

General

Question 1 – Why are you standing for Cardiff North?

I’m standing for re-election as your Member of Parliament to continue to deliver economic growth, fair funding for Wales, the Cardiff City deal, record levels of employment and to abolish the Seven Bridge Tolls.

Question 2 – What personal qualities do you have that would make you a good MP?

I’m accessible, local and a quick study! Hopefully the people of Cardiff North have tested my qualities to date but living and raising a family in Cardiff gives me a good grounding in the seat.

Question 3 – When did you join your party and why?

I joined the Conservative party a decade ago, it was about delivering for people and not keeping people down. It’s about creating opportunities for everyone, through economic growth and sustainable infrastructure – investment in our roads, rail and transport.

National Issues

Question 4 – What pledges in your manifesto would you change?

We’re a broad church in the Conservative Party and on balance our Manifesto will deliver for the UK, without bankrupting the country – politics is about compromise.

Question 5 – Where do you stand on brexit and how do you think the process will affect Cardiff North?

Voted and campaigned to Remain, however, I clearly accept the result of the UK referendum and know it is important that we get the strong possible deal with the EU and other global partners around the world. There are huge opportunities for Cardiff North in our new relationships, but it will take strong leadership to get the deal that works for Cardiff, Wales and the UK.

Question 6 – What national issues would you like to get involved in and why?

Empowering local and regional economies. One size never fits all and it’s hugely important to champion local solutions, through the City Deal process we are seeing huge investment in these local projects and vision. I want to continue true devolution / localism by empowering our City through powers and investment.

Local Issues

Question 7 – What local issues will you prioritise?

Delivering transport infrastructure is the key priority, in line with protecting our overdevelopment of our green open spaces.

Question 8 – For local issues that aren’t an MP’s direct responsibility, how will you make a difference?

During my time as your MP, we have always taken up any issues be it Council, Welsh Assembly or indeed EU issue. We have had successes on dealing with local issues and while so many of the day to day public services are not the responsibility of the Westminster Government, I believe it’s important to represent people.

Question 9 – What will you do to ensure you’re a visible MP?

Continue to hold weekly skype and appointment surgeries, every two weeks public surgeries, remain on social media and of course keep my street surgeries going.

Miscellaneous

Question 10 – What’s the most difficult question you’ve been asked during the campaign and how did you reply?

Questions that relate to devolved functions, clearly MP’s have no direct control over the NHS, Education, Local Government and other devolved areas but we have to represent the views of constituents.  

Question 11 – What would you say to someone who isn’t planning on voting?

This is one of the most important elections for a generation, make sure your voice is heard.

Question 12 – What’s your favourite biscuit?

Chocolate Hobnob