Geraint Davies, Labour MP for Swansea West, today joined women who came to Parliament to campaign for state pension equality. The meeting took place on International Women’s Day, as Labour MPs called for a stop to state pension changes which penalise women born in the 19560s.
Geraint Davies said, “Women from Swansea born between 1950 and 1960 are hit hard by a sudden and unexpected loss of income that they had not planned for. Many have had families, separations and career breaks and this change is an unjustified and cruel breach of contract that has left many destitute. The campaign goes on for justice for this particularly vulnerable group who have been treated with meanness by a Conservative government which doesn’t care or understand their plight.
“It was inspiring to meet so many women who have fought for state pension justice, especially on International Women’s Day. The Government should listen to the voices and stories of these women who have still not found justice.
“WASPI is a fantastic campaign that highlights an important injustice in the way that the Government have dealt with changes to state pensions. Although, like WASPI, I agree with state pension equalisation between men and women, the Government has implemented these changes in an unfair way – with little or no personal notice, more speed than promised, and no time for many women to make alternative plans. For too many women, some in my constituency of Swansea West, retirement plans have been shattered with devastating consequences. Five ordinary women got together in 2015 and decided to fight this injustice, and it gives me hope to see so many campaigning in Parliament today.”
Swansea West MP Geraint Davies today attended Parliament’s first ever Dog Theft Awareness Day hosted by the Stolen and Missing Pets Alliance (SAMPA) to help raise awareness about the growing issue of dog theft.
Mr Davies said: “Since October 2011 there have been 122 confirmed reports of dog theft in the South Wales area, causing great distress to the owners and their families. Sadly few of these, or the 60 dogs that are stolen every week from people’s homes, gardens and communities across the UK, are ever returned to their owners.
“Making microchips compulsory for all dogs in Wales from April 2016 was a step in the right direction, making it easier to trace dogs back to their owners, but it’s time that scanning those microchips when a dog is brought to a vet or a rescue centre becomes compulsory, so that estranged dogs and their owners can be reunited.
“Dog snatchers in South Wales must realise that we will track them down. The Government should not ‘paws’ in its efforts to protect dogs and deter and detect thieves.
Children at Waunarlwydd Primary School were joined today by their local MP, Geraint Davies and AM Julie James to celebrate World Book Day. As a big fan of Roald Dahl I read from ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’, and also Judith Kerr’s ‘The Tiger who came to Tea’, a favourite among many of the children.
I was very impressed with the eagerness of the children as well as the teachers at Waunarlwydd to share stories and to enjoy reading. The school is a shining example of a fun, caring and vibrant environment that provides its pupils with a great start in life.
World Book Day is a fantastic initiative and it was a delight to be able to play a part – it certainly made a welcome change to other events, meetings and debates that fill my diary in Swansea and London.
I read to four classes and it was really good fun to use different voices and pace to help bring theses wonderful stories to life and to see how they helped spark the imagination of children of different ages.
The initiative challenges children to read more in a way that is engaging and fun, and undoubtedly helps them get into a habit that can have a long-lasting effect on their futures.
I'm always happy to visit local schools and congratulations to the teachers , children and parents who made the day such a success. I hope they had as much fun as I did.
Labour MP calls for referendum on Brexit package before Article 50 is triggered in private members’ bill
Please find the Independent's article on my Bill published this week: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/labour-mp-geraint-davies-referendum-brexit-a7542621.html