Local Work

In 2014, Geraint proposed an Early Day Motion in support of The Heritage Lottery Fund supporting the renovation of the Dylan Thomas Exhibition in Swansea. The money allowed items that were previously held in archives to now be displayed for educational purposes.

 

Geraint has also spoken out against the gender pay gap in Wales, which has doubled under the 2010 Conservative government. Women are earning 18% less per hour than men, Geraint said. He would like companies with over 250 employees to publish, for all to see, their hourly pay gap in the hope they would be shamed into paying staff equally and fairly.

 

Geraint signed the Marine Charter, an agreement for the protection of marine wildlife. He is especially aware of the damage that can be caused to wildlife, especially in Swansea Bay, a beautiful natural asset that he is determined to protect and uphold the quality of. Geraint wants a firm commitment from the government to create more Marine Conservation Zones to protect wildlife across the UK.

 

Geraint has been heavily involved in the campaign to stop the selling off of Parklands School’s playing fields. Swansea Council has recently announced they are postponing these plans and reconsidering.

 

Geraint has previously expressed concerns about the impact of the Tidal Lagoon in Swansea Bay. However, after the offer for the Tidal Lagoon has been improved in response to his concerns, he has supported the initiative, as long as there are adequate safety measures in place. Geraint said “My position on the Swansea Lagoon debate has been to ensure we move forward with caution so that we don’t take risks with our environment whilst getting the best economic results for Swansea.”

 

Geraint fought hard for the electrification of the rail line between Cardiff and Swansea, stepping up his campaign and bringing together key figures needed to move the process along in 2012, shortly after, the government announced that they would be electrifying the line.

 

Geraint has been speaking out about the Severn Bridge toll, saying that it damages inward investment and needs to be reduced. He welcomed the Chancellor’s small reduction this year, but added he would be fighting for a reduction to £1.50 per car, from £5.40, as this is the running cost of the bridge. This will not happen until 2019 when it is returned to public ownership.

 

In 2013, Geraint and Sian James MP held a very successful Swansea Day in Parliament. Showcased was the best of Swansea, the two universities, Joes Ice Cream, Tomos Watkins and many more


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