Said Geraint Davies MP: "The Muslim congregation at Swansea University Mosque mourn the deaths in Paris of so many innocent people. They unite in solidarity behind the French Flag and with one voice condemn these atrocities.
Said Swansea University Mosque Imam Sheik Mohsen: "So-called Islamic State is neither Islamic nor a state. The killings in Paris and elsewhere are simply evil and nothing to do with Islam. They are the actions of imposters and murderers. We must stand united with the French people and take what action is necessary to protect and defend all our communities from the forces of evil."
Said Geraint Davies MP: "I've visited all the Mosques in Swansea and Muslims in all three are keen to express their mourning and solidarity with Paris after the evil atrocities of Daesh. Swansea Muslims at Imam Khoei Islamic Centre support France and want to ensure Daesh is stopped from continuing their killing and to see a return to peace. In Britain we are a beacon of hope to the rest of the world as to how communities can live together in harmony, respect and mutual support. Let there be love and light in place of hatred and darkness as we cannot win this battle with fire and steel alone but must win hearts and minds as well."
Said Geraint Davies MP: "The Muslim congregation at Swansea University Mosque mourn the deaths in Paris of so many innocent people. They unite in solidarity behind the French Flag and...
Geraint Davies MP for Swansea West and Carolyn Harris MP for Swansea East and Council Leader Rob Stewart have joined MPs from Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire to call for the Wales Tax Centre to be in Swansea Bay City Region instead of Cardiff.
The Swansea Bay MPs including Llanelli MP Nia Griffith, Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock, and Camarthen East and Dinefwr MP Jonathon Edwards plus Islwyn MP Chris Evans have proposed a motion in Parliament regretting the closure of local HMRC tax offices across Wales and calling for any new centralised HMRC tax hub to be located in Swansea Bay City Region instead of in Cardiff.
Said Geraint Davies MP “The closure of the Ty Nant tax office in Swansea is a major blow to our city’s employment and to locally provided tax advice.
“Swansea Bay is recognised as being in an area of relative deprivation by the EU which Cardiff isn’t so the UK Government should support our local economy and put the new tax centre here.”
Swansea Council Leader Rob Stewart said "Swansea is the regional capital and has a flexible skilled workforce with a track record of delivering high quality public services, it is essential that HMRC retain a base in the Swansea Bay region. Wales is not just Cardiff and the Tory Government in London needs to recognise that.”
“We had to fight hard to get rail electrification to be extended from Cardiff to Swansea and won. This is another cause we must fight to win” said Geraint Davies MP
Said Carolyn Harris MP “The DVLA was put in Swansea by a previous Government to support our local economy which has greater needs than Cardiff.
“Land and property prices in Cardiff are higher so there is both a social and business case to put the HMRC hub in Swansea Bay instead of Cardiff.
“We have a growing skills pool in Swansea that we need to retain with quality jobs that the tax centre would help to provide”
Geraint Davies MP also asked the Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb about the Wales Tax Centre in Welsh Questions today saying;“Twenty-five thousand jobs in Swansea bay city region rely on being in the single market. Swansea is, of course, in the convergence funding area. Will the Secretary of State support Swansea bay city region MPs’ bid to get the new tax centre for Wales in Swansea bay city region, given that it is an area of relative deprivation, and not Cardiff?”
Stephen Crabb MP said he would be happy to received representations from the Swansea Bay MPs saying “Exciting things are happening in Swansea and the Swansea bay city region. I am delighted that Swansea MPs are working together. If they have a proposal about future changes to the delivery of Government services, with opportunities for Swansea, I ask them please to send them through and we will consider them.”
Geraint Davies MP for Swansea West and Carolyn Harris MP for Swansea East and Council Leader Rob Stewart have joined MPs from Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire to call for...
Last week I spoke during the Opposition Day Debate on the UK Steel Industry.
"On the EU helping out, does my hon. Friend [Angela Eagle MP, Shadow Secretary of State for BIS] agree that there is a strong case for carbon tariffs from the EU so that we do not displace clean steel produced in Britain with dirty steel produced in China and elsewhere?"
"Does the right hon. Gentleman [Stephen Crabb MP, Secretary of State for Wales] accept that giving the contract on HS2 to the Chinese will increase the probability that they will use Chinese steel? Moreover, if we had given that contract to a British consortium, those companies would have paid British corporation tax, British national insurance and British income tax, and they would have supported British supply chains and built British capacity for the future. Is not his laissez-faire approach, which has neglected British steel and British industry, at the root of this problem—or a large part of it at least?"
Last week I spoke during the Opposition Day Debate on the UK Steel Industry. "On the EU helping out, does my hon. Friend [Angela Eagle MP, Shadow Secretary of...
Last week I hosted the launch of a new booked called ‘The Truth About TTIP’. The book is written by academics Gabriel Siles Brugge and Ferdi De Ville.
The book analyses the claims and arguments of both sides of the TTIP debate, and is a fascinating read.
The book is published by Polity and is available for £12.99 -http://eu.wiley.com/Wi…/WileyTitle/productCd-1509501029.html
Last week I hosted the launch of a new booked called ‘The Truth About TTIP’. The book is written by academics Gabriel Siles Brugge and Ferdi De Ville. ...