14 NOV 2017

“GHOST OFFICE” WILL COST TAXPAYERS £42,000 OVER NEXT SIX YEARS, DISCOVERS MP

Taxpayers are forking out £6,000 a year for an empty office in Pembroke Dock – and have to keep paying for another seven years. Simon Hart MP used the Freedom of Information Act to discover that Natural Resources Wales signed a 125-year lease in 2004 to rent Llanion House from Pembrokes...


10 NOV 2017

SECOND 50 PLUS FAIR A GREAT SUCCESS

Advice, support and coffee was on offer to the 100 plus visitors who attended Simon Hart's 50 plus fair in Pembroke Dock's Pater Hall last week. This is the second event that Mr Hart has organised in the constituency aimed at helping older residents to find out about issues such as volunteering opp...


08 NOV 2017

MP Simon Hart has become the first local "Scambassador" in Pembrokeshire

Local MP Simon Hart has become the first local "Scambassador" in Pembrokeshire, part of a National Trading Standards initiative that is committed to taking a stand against scams and rogue traders. The initiative "Friends Against Scams" was launched last October and aims to inspire and empower every...


30 OCT 2017

Simon Hart MP welcomes Internet Legends assembly to help kids stay safe online

Google and Parent Zone, the UK's leading family internet safety organisation, brought their latest Internet Legends assembly to Tavernspite School in Carmarthen West on Friday 20th October. Created by Google, Internet Legends runs exciting, interactive school assemblies to teach 8-11 year olds how t...


20 OCT 2017

MP ORGANISES FIFTY PLUS FAIR IN PEMBROKE

Advice, information, support and cups of tea will all be on offer at Simon Hart MP's Fifty Plus Fair being held in Pembroke Dock on Wednesday November 8th. The event is aimed at anyone aged over 50, their family, friends and carers and takes place at the Pater Hall between 10am and 1pm. "We held a...


16 OCT 2017

MP HELPS TENBY'S SMALLEST SCHOOL CELEBRATE

Tenby's smallest school is celebrating after parents and pupils raised £25,000 in just three years to update its 60-year-old playgrounds. The Friends of St Teilo's Roman Catholic Primary School celebrated the official opening of Phase 2 of their "Play for Life" project on Friday 6th October. ...


15 OCT 2017

Simon Hart MP delighted to welcome Specsavers to new premises in Merlin's Walk.

Simon Hart MP delighted to welcome Specsavers to new premises in Merlin's Walk. Simon is pictured at the opening of the new store with Specsavers ambassador Jeff Banks and the founder of Specsavers Doug Perkins - who is from Carmarthenshire. The chain opened its first bran...


11 OCT 2017

Tourism operators welcomed to Westminster

Simon Hart MP was delighted to welcome three representatives of the hospitality sector in Pembrokeshire to Westminster. He is pictured on the House of Commons terrace with Neil and Zoe Kedward of The Grove near Narberth and Andrew Evans of St Brides Hotel. The British Hospitality Association ...


02 OCT 2017

MP JOINS CAMPAIGN TO END LONELINESS

Simon Hart MP is pictured at the Pembrokeshire launch of the Campaign to End Loneliness at Letterston Memorial Hall. The campaign was set up by a group of local and national charities who are working to tackle loneliness and isolation in older age. Speaking after the event Mr Hart said: "The Campa...


26 SEP 2017

SIMON HART MP VOTED ON TO DIGITAL, MEDIA, CULTURE AND SPORT SELECT COMMITTEE

Simon Hart MP has been voted by his fellow MPs on to the parliamentary committee that investigates Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in the UK. He has also been appointed by No 10 to the Committee on Standards for Public Life (CSPL) which advises the Prime Minister on ethical standards among public...


20 SEP 2017

SIMON HART MP PLEDGES TO SUPPORT INDUSTRY THAT EMPLOYS MORE THAN 4,000

More than 4,000 jobs in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire rely on farming, Simon Hart MP learned during a special event to Back British Farming. Farming in the constituency contributes £30.6 million to the local economy - on top of the safe, affordable food farmers produce and the Briti...


03 JUL 2017

POT HOLE MISERY ENDS FOR RESIDENTS AND CHUCHGOERS THANKS TO MP'S CAMPAIGN

Householders and churchgoers who had to navigate a pot-hole ridden lane near Cosheston are celebrating after Simon Hart MP won a campaign to get the road resurfaced. Resident Susan Paterson-Jones first contacted Mr Hart in January 2015 and wrote: "We have lived here for 18 years and have never seen...


29 JUN 2017

MP LOOKING FORWARD TO PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY SHOW

This will be my 8th Pembrokeshire County Show that I am attending as an MP – and about my 30th as a Pembrokeshire resident! I love the fact that in some ways it will be the same as ever – no doubt Chris Dungey's dulcet tones will be commentating on the main ring action – and in ot...


09 JUN 2017

SIMON HART MP RELECTED WITH INCREASED VOTE SHARE

Simon Hart has been re-elected as MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire for the third time with an increased share of the vote. Mr Hart won 19,771 votes - 46.8% share of all those cast - and the most votes ever cast for the Conservative party since the creation of the seat. He said: "I am...


31 MAR 2017

MP WAVES OFF FLOATING BRIDGE NO 6

FLOATING BRIDGE NO 6 - Simon Hart MP is pictured with Kevin Lewis, Operations Director for Mainstay Marine Solutions during a tour of the new Isle of Wight ferry that has been built by Mainstay in Pembroke Dock. The £3.2 million floating bridge will cross between East and West Cowes and was c...


29 MAR 2017

"WE KNOW MORE ABOUT JEDI POPULATION THAN OUR ARMED FORCES", SAYS MP

Simon Hart MP is supporting the Royal British Legion's 'Count Them In' campaign for new questions to be added to the next census so that Armed Forces families are properly represented. "We are in a crazy situation where the last census told us more about the Jedi population of Britain than about ou...


23 MAR 2017

THE DAY TERROR CAME TO WESTMINSTER

Simon Hart wrote this account of the events on March 22 for the Western Telegraph: "At about 2.45 I left an event I was hosting in the Terrace Pavilion to make my way to the Chamber, having heard that a vote was imminent. Normally I would wait in my Portcullis House office until the bell rang as I ...


15 MAR 2017

HALF OF HOMES GETTING BROADBAND SPEEDS SLOWER THAN 10 Mb/s, MP REVEALS

Nearly half of homes in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire (CW&SP) are still getting broadband speeds slower than 10Mb/s, new figures reveal. Statistics from the House of Commons library show that 74% of households in the constituency have the capability to access Superfast – which i...


21 FEB 2017

MP’S FIRST 50+ EVENT SUCH A SUCCESS, ANOTHER IS PLANNED FOR PEMBROKE DOCK

Simon Hart MP's first Fifty Plus Fair in Tenby was such a success that another is already being planned for Pembroke Dock later this year. Nearly 100 visitors attended the event in Deer Park Baptist Church Hall to find out more from the 20 stallholders who attended. "This was stepping into the unk...


14 FEB 2017

BEACON AWARD FOR SIR GAR

Carmarthen West MP Simon Hart is pictured with staff members from Coleg Sir Gar during their trip to London to collect their Beacon Award from Skills Minister Robert Halfon. These national awards for excellence in staff development celebrate the best and most innovative practice among UK further ed...


08 FEB 2017

CROSSRAIL WILL HELP BRING PARTS OF LONDON CLOSER TO WEST WALES, SAYS MP

Simon Hart MP is pictured in a giant tunnel that is part of the Crossrail project in London – a new railway that links east and west London and which will bring parts of the capital closer to west Wales Crossrail is the biggest construction project in Europe and is due to start opening at the...


08 FEB 2017

MP WINS SAFETY REVIEW OF DANGROUS CRESSELLY ROAD

A safety review is to be carried out on a dangerous section of county road following calls for action from Simon Hart MP. The A4075 that stretches between Whitehill and Cresselly has a staggered junction crossing the main road, a primary school and an awkward bend BUT there is no speed limit throug...


01 FEB 2017

YOUNGSTERS DEBATE LOWERING OF VOTING AGE WITH MP

Simon Hart MP is pictured with Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire's UK Youth Parliament (YP) members following a lively debate on "Votes at 16". Pictured from L to R are Keeley McGauley from Carmarthen, Gwen Griffiths from Pembrey, Caity Nutting from Pembroke and Joshua Beynon who lives in Pembroke ...


30 JAN 2017

POLITICIANS LAUNCH MUSEUM'S NEW SEASON

Pembrokeshire politicians Angela Burns and Simon Hart were updated on exciting developments and plans for the coming season when they made an informal visit to the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre. Assembly Member Mrs Burns and MP Mr Hart met with Sunderland Trust Chairman Gareth Mills, Trustees and C...


27 JAN 2017

Simon Hart MP signs Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment

Simon Hart MP has signed the Holocaust Educational Trust's Book of Commitment, to honour those who were murdered during the Holocaust and to pay tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people. Friday 27th January marks the anniversary of the liberation ...


18 JAN 2017

MP discusses online safety with Facebook and Internet Matters

Simon Hart MP attended a meeting in Parliament with Facebook and online safety campaigners Internet Matters. The event marked a new partnership between Facebook and Internet Matters, who have joined forces to ensure that children have a positive experience online. Mr Hart, who is involved in trying...


05 JAN 2017

MP CARRIES OUT SURVEY INTO ACCIDENT BLACKSPOT

Simon Hart MP has carried out a survey into a dangerous section of road that travels through Cresselly. He was contacted by a local resident who lives on the side of the A4075 that stretches between Whitehill and the Pembrokeshire village. Despite having a staggered junction crossing the main road...


12 DEC 2016

VOLUNTEERS HELP TO KEEP SPECIAL BAY SPICK AND SPAN

The National Trust has appointed two volunteer "COASTodians" to help clean and protect a special beach near Pendine. Morfa Bychan has been blighted by an increase in illegal camping and fly tipping over the past few years and a campaign has now been launched by Simon Hart MP to try to protect the b...


11 DEC 2016

LOCAL MP HELPS LAUNCH ANNUAL FOOD BANK APPEAL

Imon Hart MP has welcomed the generosity of shoppers in Carmarthen who donated 4,180 meals to food bank charity The Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare for Tesco's Neighbourhood Food Collection. The Neighbourhood Food Collection runs in all Tesco stores across the country,...


06 DEC 2016

SIMON HART MP DELIVERS FESTIVE WISHES TO TENBY POSTMEN AND WOMEN

Simon Hart MP visited Tenby Delivery Office to thank local postmen and women for their hard work during Royal Mail's busiest period This year Royal Mail has been celebrating its 500th anniversary, with this festive period marking half a millennium of delivering Christmas cards and parcels The last...


25 NOV 2016

MP AND TENBY CHURCH COME TOGETHER TO SUPPORT SYRIA

Doctors working in war-torn Syria will benefit from a collection being held at the end of a popular Tenby carol service. Simon Hart MP wanted to support the "Singing for Syrians" charity that organises carol concerts to raise money for Syrians devastated by the civil war. He approached Tenby's Rec...


29 SEP 2016

KEEN PARKRUNNER SIMON HART MP CELEBRATES INTERNATONAL PARKRUN DAY

Keen parkrunner Simon Hart MP has celebrated International Parkrun Day by meeting the man who started the weekly running craze. Twelve years ago Paul Sinton-Hewitt set up a weekly timed run in his local park in London and it grew into the parkrun movement. It is now a global event that sees 100,000...


26 SEP 2016

MP sees sunny outlook for West Wales tourism

West Wales MP Simon Hart has told local holiday park leaders that they are in the vanguard of the region's "vibrant and ever-growing tourism economy". Mr Hart was at Cross Park Holiday Village in Kilgetty last week (16 September) where park owners and managers met for their end-of-summer conference...


21 SEP 2016

MP PLEDGES TO BACK LOCAL FARMERS

Simon Hart MP has signed a pledge to back Carmarthenshire's farmers following the EU referendum result. He joined the Back British Farming Day organised by the NFU which showcased British produce and gave MPs a chance to discuss the challenges faced by farmers. Mr Hart said: "Farmers in Carmarthen...


14 SEP 2016

SIMON HART MP wears it pink in Parliament in aid of Breast Cancer Now

SIMON HART MP wears it pink in Parliament in aid of Breast Cancer Now Simon Hart MP has shown support for women affected by breast cancer by dressing up in pink and encouraging constituents to take part in the UK's biggest, brightest and pinkest fundraiser, wear it pink, on Friday 21 October. wear...


26 AUG 2016

MP MAKES A RETURN VISIT TO DRAGON

Carmarthen West and South Pembs MP Simon Hart, made a return visit to the Dragon terminal on Wednesday 24th August 2016. Mr Hart received an update on developments since his last visit with the Welsh Affairs Committee in 2013. As the Pembrokeshire weather was kind, Mr Hart was able to view Dragon'...


25 AUG 2016

FIRST STEPS TAKEN TO PROTECT SPECIAL COVE

The first steps have been taken to try to protect a beautiful cove near Pendine from wild campers and fly-tipping. Morfa Bychan near Pendine is owned by the National Trust but it's become a hotspot for illegal campers who leave behind piles of rubbish and human excrement. Simon Hart MP set up a me...


16 AUG 2016

SIMON HART MP WELCOMES LIFTING OF BAN ON WELSH LAMB AND BEEF EXPORTS TO USA

Simon Hart MP has welcomed the news that Welsh beef and lamb will back on the menu in the US by January- for the first time in 20 years. The US deemed red meats unfit for consumption and banned during the height of the UK's "mad cow disease" scandal. Mr Hart lobbied key US officials during a visit...


14 AUG 2016

MP PUSHES WELSH GOVERNMENT FOR MAIDENWELLS BY PASS NEWS

Simon Hart MP is putting pressure on the Welsh Assembly Government to announce a decision on the Maidenwells by-pass near Pembroke. He has been lobbying the Welsh Transport Minister to announce a decision about the project for months. In his most recent letter, Ken Skates AM stated that a decision...


12 AUG 2016

Carmarthenshire family gets Superfast from outer space!

Frustrated by slow or non-existent broadband in his area and negative feedback from local people, Simon Hart - Member of Parliament for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire - has taken action to show how a new satellite broadband service solves the problem for a family in his constituency. Simon ...


13 JUL 2016

MANORBIER MUMS TAKE UP PLAYGROUND CHALLENGE

A group of Manorbier mums has risen to the challenge of raising more than £30,000 to rebuild their community playpark. The park equipment at Skrinkle in Manorbier has come to the end of its life and is set to be removed by the county council later this year. So now the parents and friends of...


06 JUL 2016

SIMON HART MP SHOWS SUPPORT FOR SINGING FOR SYRIANS INITIATIVE

Simon Hart MP has joined fellow MPs at the launch of Singing for Syrians 2016 – a series of carol concerts aimed at raising money for the war-torn country. At the event, Mr Hart found out more about what he can do to encourage constituents to get involved in any way they can. Whether it's org...


01 JUL 2016

MP SECURES DEBATE ON ONLINE ABUSE

Simon Hart MP is highlighting the problem on online bullying and abuse after securing a debate on the subject in Westminster. He has joined forces with Maria Miller, MP for Basingstoke and Chair of the Women and Equality Select Committee to hold a debate on the floor of the House of Commons about t...


27 JUN 2016

THE EU REFERENDUM RESULT

"The recent EU referendum has been an extraordinary political event which will have profound economic, social and political consequences. Indeed some of these are already unfolding. However readers cast their vote can I thank our local area for the civilised way in which the campaigns were conducte...


22 JUN 2016

MORFA BYCHAN SUMMIT ON THE CARDS AS PROBLEM WORSENS

Simon Hart MP has set up a meeting to try to resolve the illegal camping and fly tipping taking place at a remote bay near Pendine. Good weather has led to an almost permanent presence of campers at the National Trust-owned Morfa Bychan. "The problem is getting worse and I am hearing reports of sc...


16 JUN 2016

MP RELIEF AS CAREW ROUNDABOUTS GET T.L.C AT LAST

Following pressure from Simon Hart MP, two newly planted roundabouts at the gateway to South Pembrokeshire are being maintained properly. The Welsh Assembly Government spent tens of thousands of pounds on an elaborate planting scheme for the two roundabouts at Carew and Sageston last Autumn. Fears...


20 MAY 2016

MP VISITS SAUNDERSFOOT SCHOOL

Saundersfoot CP School welcomed local MP Mr Simon Hart to their celebratory assembly and tour of the school. Mr Hart was invited to the school by Mrs Bevans, school manager, following a visit to Parliament. Mr Hart was warmly welcomed to the school by school ambassadors Maddie and Ethan who led Mr ...


06 MAY 2016

MP TAKES PART IN NATIONAL TRUST BEACH CLEAN AT ILLEGAL CAMPING HOT SPOT

Simon Hart MP has taken part in a National Trust beach clean at the fly tipping and illegal camping hotspot of Morfa Bychan near Pendine. The National Trust's Carmarthenshire Ranger Carol Bailey organised the latest in a series of clean ups at the cove after Mr Hart highlighted the problem. Almost...


03 MAY 2016

MAY NEWSLETTER

STOP PRESS: It is the Welsh Assembly and Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections this Thursday and it has never been more important to vote. From time to time I hear "what is the point, you are all the same" or "I don't really believe in the Assembly" ...


26 APR 2016

SIMON HART MP welcomes crime falling to a new low

Simon Hart has welcomed news that crime has fallen by over a quarter since 2010, to its lowest ever level, according to the independent Crime Survey for England and Wales. In the Dyfed-Powys Police Force area, crime has fallen five % in the last five years. Mr Hart said: "These figures show the s...


11 APR 2016

18 MONTHS UNTIL SUPERFAST BROADBAND DELIVERY COMPLETED TO LOCAL HOMES

It's going to take another 18 months to complete the delivery of superfast broadband in Pembrokeshire, the head of Superfast Cymru told a special meeting set up by Simon Hart MP. About 80 people attended the meeting in Whitland Memorial Hall which was addressed by Ed Hunt, director of Superfast Cyr...


05 APR 2016

NARBERTH PUB CHEF SUCCESS

Simon Hart MP is pictured awarding publican Christie Goymer of the Plash Inn Llanfallteg with a certificate for coming runner-up in the Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year competition. The competition was run by the British Beer and Pub Association and had 120 entries from all over the country. Mr ...


05 APR 2016

MP OPENS PEMBROKE DOCK BOWLING CLUB'S SEASON

It would be great to report that on Saturday 2nd April Pembroke Dock Bowling Club opened its green for its 91st season in glorious sunshine, writes Hugh Colley.  Sadly, dark clouds and incessant heavy rain resulted in the customary rolling of the silver jack being abandoned for the f...


01 APR 2016

MPs JOIN FORCES TO OPPOSE US LAMB IMPORT BAN

Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards and Conservative Simon Hart MP have joined forces to oppose the US import ban on Welsh lamb. The two MPs, who represent neighbouring Carmarthenshire constituencies, are pictured on a visit to Washington DC during which they looked into trading arrangements between th...


27 MAR 2016

LEARNING ABOUT EIRIOL

EIRIOL MATTERS: Local MP Simon Hart is pictured during a visit to Carmarthen's mental health advocacy organisation Eiriol. Pictured from left to right are Celyn Bowen, advocate, Lynn Howells, manager, Simon Hart MP, Andrew Hardwick, chair of trustees, Steve Thomas, trustee. "We were pleased to hav...


23 MAR 2016

A Budget that backs Pembrokeshire's pubs

Local MP Simon Hart has welcomed the announcements in the Budget that were supportive for local pubs. The freeze in beer duty announced by the Chancellor means that a pint is now 11p cheaper than it would have been under Labour's plans. The Chancellor's announcement on changes to business rates al...


18 MAR 2016

MP WELCOMES BUSINESS AND MOTORIST FRIENDLY BUDGET

"Good news for rural motorists, good news for small businesses and good news for the self-employed," was Simon Hart MP's verdict on the Budget. George Osborne announced plans to half the Severn Bridge toll from 2018, he froze fuel duty and increased the Personal Tax Allowance to £11,500. "On...


09 MAR 2016

SWANSEA'S TIDAL LAGOON COULD BRING 100s OF CONSTRUCTION JOBS TO PEMBROKESHIRE

Simon Hart MP has led a Parliamentary debate in support of the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project which could bring 100s of jobs to Pembrokeshire. The £1billion lagoon would see a six-mile sea wall built off the coast of Swansea and will be part of a scheme that sees similar lagoons built off C...


04 MAR 2016

MP CALLS ON NATIONAL TRUST TO ACT OVER FLY TIPPING AND CAMPING AT BEAUTY SPOT

Simon Hart MP is calling on the National Trust to take urgent action over mounds of rubbish and illegal camping taking place at a local beauty spot they own. Mountains of waste have been left at Morfa Bychan near Pendine since the end of last summer and illegal campers have already pitched up this ...


03 MAR 2016

MP SUPPORTS MARITIME HERITAGE

Simon Hart MP is pictured with Wynne Evans, Chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council, at the West Wales Maritime Heritage Society's boatyard in Front Street, Pembroke Dock. Pictured are: (left to right) Tony Ward, Bob Clarke (President WWMHS), Brian King ( Chairman WWMHS) Simon Hart MP, Wynne Evans...


23 FEB 2016

MP WELCOMES PICTON GARDENS LOTTERY WIN

Picton Castle and Gardens in Haverfordwest received the news this week that it has received initial support* from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for their Walled Garden Project which aims to carry out essential restoration and repairs to the unusual, rare and historically significant group of build...


21 FEB 2016

"WHY AM I VOTING TO REMAIN IN THE EU"

"I've lost count of the number of times I have rehearsed this question. Do I go with my head or my heart? The former says stay for the security of jobs and business in our area, the latter is seduced by the prospect of settling old scores with the undemocratic bureaucratic monster that Brussels has ...


16 FEB 2016

MP KNOCKED OUT BY VISION FOR NEW BOXING CLUB

Simon Hart MP has been "knocked out" by ambitious plans for a new boxing club in Pembroke Dock. Pembroke Boxing Club has been operating out of the old Eastgate School hall in the town since the 60s and has more than 100 members, but the building is dilapidated and no longer fit for purpose. The ch...


05 FEB 2016

SIMON HART FIGHTS FOR LOCAL BASS FISHERMEN IN WESTMINSTER

Simon Hart has challenged the Government over unfair restrictions that are hitting Pembrokeshire's recreational bass fishermen. Mr Hart, a keen fisherman, led a small delegation from the All Party Parliamentary Angling Group and the Angling Trust to meet Environment Secretary Liz Truss an...


05 FEB 2016

WE ARE SEVENTH WORST AREA IN UK FOR BROADBAND SPEEDS REVEALS MP

Local MP Simon Hart is demanding action on slow broadband as it is revealed that our area is the 7th worst in the UK for average download speeds. Figures from the House of Commons library show that the constituency falls into the bottom 5% of seats in the UK for superfast availability with only hal...


12 JAN 2016

PM "TO HONOUR S4C FUNDING" AFTER SIMON HART RAISES SUBJECT IN HOUSE OF COMMONS

Simon Hart MP has won a pledge from Prime Minister David Cameron to honour "in word and spirit" a manifesto commitment to safeguard the future funding of S4C. Last year's Autumn Statement saw a cut in funding for the Welsh language TV station from £6.7 million to £5 million – desp...


17 DEC 2015

SIMON HART MP: “New job figures show we are delivering greater economic security for families this Christmas”

Simon Hart has welcomed new figures today showing a 29% drop in people in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire claiming Jobseeker's Allowance since the last Labour Government and a record level of employment across Wales – with 70,000 more Welsh people enjoying the security of a job than in...


04 DEC 2015

SIMON HART MP DELIVERS FESTIVE CHEER TO POSTAL WORKERS AT ROYAL MAIL'S WHITLAND DELIVERY OFFICE

Simon Hart MP passed on Christmas greetings to postmen and women at the Whitland Delivery Office Christmas is Royal Mail's busiest time of the year. Mr Hart saw the hard work and dedication of local postal workers who sort and deliver festive mail The last recommended posting dates for Christmas ...


03 DEC 2015

THE VOTE ON TAKING MILITARY ACTION IN SYRIA

A number of people have contacted me with questions about yesterday's vote (2 December) on military action in Syria. These were from local people in favour and against intervention so I hope this reply deals with everyone's queries and concerns fairly. There have been some very detailed, very pass...


30 NOV 2015

SIMON HART WINS ASSURANCE THAT S4C'S CARMARTHEN MOVE STILL ON TRACK

Carmarthen MP Simon Hart has won an assurance from S4C that the station's relocation to Carmarthen IS still on track – despite some news reports suggesting otherwise. Last week's spending review saw the Government cut S4Cs money from £6.7million to £5 million by 2019. There were ...


30 NOV 2015

LOCAL POLITICIANS MEET ARGYLE STREET HEALTH CENTRE OVER PATIENT CONCERNS

LOCAL politicians have met Argyle Street Health Centre doctors to hear what steps they are taking to try to improve patient access following concerns about the appointment system at the Pembroke Dock practice. An on-line booking service and recruiting more nurse practitioners were just two of the...


25 NOV 2015

SIMON HART TAKES PART IN SPECIAL LONDON REMEMBRANCE SERVICE

Local MP Simon Hart is pictured at a special Remembrance Service held in London and attended by MPs and Peers who have served in the Armed Forces. Mr Hart, who served in the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars (Territorial Army) is pictured (front row second from right) outside the Guards Chapel followin...


18 NOV 2015

SIMON HART JOINS 100 PARLIAMENTARIANS TO CALL ON THE CHANCELLOR TO INVEST IN BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE

Local MP Simon Hart has joined 100 cross-party MPs and Peers in writing an open letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer urging him to continue investing in fixed and mobile broadband as part of the Spending Review and in the future. The letter was co-ordinated by the All Party Parliamentary Group...


17 NOV 2015

EAST WILLIAMSTON'S AMAZING PARK UP FOR NATIONAL AWARD

It may only be a small village but its community has created a 25 acre park with 8,000 trees, two miles of paths, 22 allotments, a pond and a play park. Now the East Williamston Jubilee Park and Nature Trail has been nominated for a national award as one of the UK's Best Parks. Local MP Simon Har...


15 NOV 2015

QUAY WINS BEST SPORTING PUB IN WALES

"SAY QUAY": The Cresselly Arms pub (known by all as "the Quay") has won the Best Sporting Pub in Wales award in a competition run by Country Life magazine and the Countryside Alliance. Simon Hart MP is pictured presenting pub owner Hugh Harrison-Allen(right) and landlord Colin Evans with their awar...


12 NOV 2015

BIN IT TOUR VISITS CASTLE SCHOOL

SIMON HART MP is pictured with the Bin It! drama-based education programme at Castle School near Narberth. Bin it!, educates students about responsibility and litter, is on its tenth annual nationwide tour of schools. The Bin it! tour is developed by gum company Wrigley and  enc...


12 NOV 2015

PRIME MINISTER REASSURES MP OVER S4C COMMITMENT

David Cameron has written to Simon Hart MP to reassure him that the Government is committed to Welsh language broadcaster S4C. Mr Hart had contacted the Prime Minister to call for an independent consultation on the future of S4C and for any decision about the channel's future to be put off until a ...


10 NOV 2015

FEARS THAT PATIENT SAFETY BEING PUT AT RISK BY ARGYLE STREET DELAYS

Patient safety could be at risk because of a shortage of GPs at Argyle Street surgery in Pembroke Dock, say local politicians. Simon Hart MP and Angela Burns AM have been swamped with complaints from patients in the last few weeks. The surgery is Wales' biggest and has vacancies for two GPs. "Pat...


10 NOV 2015

DYFED POWYS TO GET 24/7 POLICE AIR COVER

Welcoming the news that Dyfed-Powys Police is to get 24 hour air cover, Simon Hart said: "I am relieved that after months of negotiation we have ended up with almost everything we had hoped for – 24 hour cover, a continued presence at Pembrey, and a significant saving to Dyfed Powys Police. S...


03 NOV 2015

MP WELCOMES BROADBAND FOR ALL PLEDGE

Simon Hart MP has welcomed Government plans to make broadband a legal right – putting it on a par with the postal service and water supply. "From the number of calls and requests that I have had in the past six years I know that getting decent broadband is one of the most important requiremen...


19 OCT 2015

HELP KEEP PEMBROKE DOCK FOOTPATHS OPEN SAYS MP

Simon Hart MP has put out an appeal to try to prevent the closure of public footpaths in Pembroke Dock. He was contacted by residents who are upset that Pembrokeshire County Council may try to seal off footpaths through Pembroke Ferry woods surrounding the former Princes Trust Watersports Centre. ...


16 OCT 2015

TENBY, SAUNDERSFOOT AND NARBERTH LEFT IN DESPERATE NEED OF FILLING BY NHS DENTIST

TENBY has been left without an NHS dentist once again – and ALL the NHS work in South Pembrokeshire will now take place in Pembroke or Pembroke Dock. Following the death of the NHS dentist based in Narberth, Hywel Dda Health Board opened up the contract for tender. At least two practices off...


25 SEP 2015

PEMBROKESHIRE'S VILLAGES COULD BE PROTECTED FROM TRAVELLER DEVELOPMENTS, SAYS MP

Pembrokeshire's villages could be protected from traveller developments – but only if the Welsh Assembly Government follows Westminster's lead. Communities in Clayford Road near Kilgetty, Redberth, Sageston, Cosheston and Manorbier have all been up in arms about developments by travellers who...


18 SEP 2015

MPs IRONMAN VIDEO GOES VIRAL WITH 40,000 VIEWS

Simon Hart MP knew Ironman Wales was popular but he was amazed when a video he posted to Facebook of the event was viewed nearly 40,000 times. "I was in Tenby watching the start of the swim and filmed a short clip on my phone of the Welsh national anthem; it is such a stirring sight and sound with ...


16 SEP 2015

SIMON HART ON FACT FINDING MISSION TO SWISS CHEESE FACTORIES

Simon Hart MP is pictured on a fact-finding visit to a Gruyere cheese factory in Switzerland. He undertook the visit in order to look into opportunities for job creation in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire. "I spent a fascinating couple of days touring cheese making and storage facilities i...


11 SEP 2015

My summer as an intern

For the past three months, Charlie Evans from Carmarthen has been working as an intern in the Whitland office of Simon Hart MP. The 22-year-old from Llangunnor is in his final year at Exeter University studying economics and politics. Here's how he got on: "It has been a rather politics-mad f...


04 SEP 2015

Simon Hart MP tries out Pembrokeshire's bass fishing with local expert

Local MP Simon Hart has tried his hand at fishing for bass after being named one of the species' strongest supporters. Shortly before the General Election, the Angling Trust - the sport's national governing body - acknowledged the 'sterling work' of seven MPs in pressing for measures to save threat...


03 SEP 2015

Be fair to Welsh rural communities, Home Secretary urged

Four prominent politicians have urged Home Secretary Theresa May to treat rural Wales fairly under new police funding plans. Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon, Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart, Montgomeryshire MP Glyn Davies and Brecon and Radnorshire...


27 AUG 2015

SIMON HART MP SIGNS UP FOR ANTI-POACHING CHARITY

Simon Hart MP has recently been appointed a trustee of the Endangered Species Protection Agency (ESPA)– a charity which preserves and protects critically endangered animals in Africa. "ESPA works with the local community and enforcement officers to protect animals such as elephants, rhinos an...


02 JUL 2015

MONKTON PUPILS FLYING HIGH

Pupils from Monkton Priory Primary School are pictured with Simon Hart MP during a visit to the House of Commons. Whilst there they collected a giant flag that they designed which has been flying in Parliament Square as the culmination of a unique parliamentary project. The flag was one of 80 sele...


24 JUN 2015

FIGHT FOR DYFED_POWYS POLLICE HELICOPTER UPDATE

It’s taken them three months – but local MP Simon Hart has finally gained some answers from the National Police Air Service (NPAS) to his detailed questions about the future of the Dyfed-Powys helicopter service. Mr Hart sought reassurances from the head of the police helicopter service...


20 MAY 2015

Flag designed by Monkton Primary School flies in Parliament Square

A flag designed by children from Monkton Primary School has been flying in Parliament Square at the culmination of a unique parliamentary project. The flags stem from an educational journey undertaken by children in over 450 primary schools to discover the importance of elected representation in th...


22 APR 2015

TENBY MUM WINS REFERRAL TO ENGLAND AFTER 17 MONTH BATTLE

A Tenby mum has finally been referred to England for a bowel operation after 17-months trapped in the Welsh NHS system. Kelly Thomas from St Florence urgently needs the operation but hospitals in the Hywel Dda area said they didn't have the facilities to care for her afterwards. Abertawe Bro Morga...


08 APR 2015

Health Minister steps in to help Kelly

HEALTH MINISTER JEREMY HUNT STEPS IN TO HELP KELLY Health Minister Jeremy Hunt has written to his Welsh counterpart Mark Drakeford to urge him to end a Tenby mum's 17-month wait for a bowel operation. The case of Kelly Thomas from St Florence was raised in Prime Minister's Questions in January by ...


20 MAR 2015

MPs briefed on success of Sunderland Museum

SUNDERLAND SUCCESS: Members of the Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust are pictured with local MPs Simon Hart and Stephen Crabb. The politicians were given a tour of the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre ahead of it extending its opening hours from five to seven days a week from April 1. Pictured (l to r) ...


20 MAR 2015

Wales Tourism Week on the agenda in Westminster

A campaign to drive the Wales tourism industry higher up the political agenda headed to Westminster today with a Pop-up Tourist Information Centre. Simon Hart MP joined the Wales Tourism Alliance and the Tourism Information Networking Group in Wales at their Pop up Tourist Information Centre (TIC) ...


17 MAR 2015

TAKING PART IN WALES TOURISM WEEK

TOURISM WEEK: Simon Hart MP is pictured with Clive Thomas, General Manager of Pendine Sands Holiday Park at the start of Wales Tourism Week. The Parkdean-run holiday park now employs 70 people and has plans for further expansion. "Holiday parks such as Pendine Sands are vital to our local economy ...


17 MAR 2015

Simon Hart MP to roll Silver Jack at Pembroke Dock Bowling Club's 90th Anniversary

Pembroke Dock Bowling Club will be opening the bowling green for the new season on Saturday April 4th 2015 at 2:30pm. The rolling of the silver jack will be performed by Simon Hart MP Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire in celebration of the club's 90th anniversary. Have you ever thought about...


16 MAR 2015

MP STILL HAS CONCERNS ABOUT FUTURE OF POLICE HELICOPTER SERVICE

Local MP Simon Hart has gained some reassurances from the head of the police helicopter service that Carmarthenshire won't suffer when the Dyfed-Powys helicopter ceases to fly from Pembrey next year. However, the Chairman of the National Police Air Service (NPAS), Mark Burns-Williamson has failed t...


11 MAR 2015

MP CONDUCTS WIDE RANGING HEALTH SURVEY

Simon Hart MP is undertaking a wide ranging health survey with the aim of letting the Welsh Assembly Government know what the people of Carmarthenshire think of local health services. Despite health being governed by Cardiff Bay and not Westminster, Mr Hart is inundated with calls from constituents...


06 MAR 2015

TENBY COULD BE GETTING AN NHS DENTIST, HEALTH BOARD TELLS MP

Simon Hart MP has been told that NHS dental provision in South Pembrokeshire is likely to be increased – and a new NHS dental practice could be set up in Tenby. He won an assurance that the dental care given by Narberth's NHS dentist will continue – and there is also a strong possibilit...


06 MAR 2015

MP TUCKS INTO WI DELIGHTS

WESTMINSTER IN A JAM? – Simon Hart MP is pictured with Tydfil Morgan sampling the wares at the annual Marmalade Show organised by The Rhos Women's Institute. "I never knew you could do so much with marmalade!" joked Mr Hart after inspecting the cakes, chutneys, biscuits and spreads entered in...


27 FEB 2015

SIMON HART MP SEEKS REASSURANCES ON FUTURE OF POLICE HELICOPTER

Local MP Simon Hart is seeking reassurances that Carmarthenshire won't lack policing cover when the Dyfed-Powys helicopter ceases to fly from Pembrey next year. Mr Hart has now written to the Chairman of the National Police Air Service (NPAS), Mark Burns-Williamson asking for reassurances about the...


24 FEB 2015

ANY PATIENT SAFETY ISSUES MUST BE REPORTED IN TENBY GP CRISIS, SAYS MP

Tenby residents who believe patient safety has been compromised because of the Tenby GP surgery crisis must make their views known, says Simon Hart MP. Mr Hart has had numerous calls and emails from town residents who are unable to get an appointment at the surgery. "Last week I had an email from ...


23 FEB 2015

Great news for Whitland as work to transform station building nears completion

Great news for Whitland as work to transform station building nears completion Simon Hart MP joined Network Rail staff to see how Whitland station is being transformed creating a better gateway to the town and helping to boost the local economy. Network Rail is transforming the station building, w...


06 FEB 2015

LATEST NEWSLETTER FROM SIMON HART MP

This is my first newsletter of 2015 and it comes on the back of some positive news. The UK's economy grew 2.6% last year - the fastest since 2007 - the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in six years and independent figures show that crime has fallen 14% in Dyfed Pow...


28 JAN 2015

SIMON HART MP SIGNS HOLOCAUST BOOK OF COMMITMENT

Simon Hart MP has signed the Holocaust Educational Trust's Book of Commitment to honour those who were murdered during the Holocaust. Tuesday 27th January saw the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in h...


27 JAN 2015

14 % FALL IN CRIME IN DYFED-POWYS WELCOMED

Local MP Simon Hart has welcomed news that crime in Carmarthenshire has fallen. Latest figures from the independent Office for National Statistics show that since 2010 recorded crime in Dyfed-Powys has fallen by 14 %. Mr Hart said: "Thanks to the hard work of Dyfed-Powys police officers recorded c...


27 JAN 2015

MP'S FEARS FOR INFIRMARY AS OWNER GIVEN ANOTHER 20 MONTHS TO CARRY OUT WORK

Simon Hart MP has learned that the owner of Carmarthen's dilapidated Old Infirmary has been given another 20 months to carry out its restoration. Developer Dorian Davies was served with a notice by Carmarthenshire County Council ordering him to carry out work on the Grade 11 listed building by July...


27 JAN 2015

SERIES OF PUBLIC MEETINGS LAUNCHED WITH 100 DAYS UNTIL GENERAL ELECTION

With exactly 100 days to go until the General Election, Simon Hart MP has invited every voter in his constituency to come and meet him. He is running a series of informal public meetings across his Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire constituency so that people can give him a grilling on any to...


27 JAN 2015

NEW SCHOOL PLAY FACILITY OPENED BY MP

Everyone at Tavernspite School was very excited when the latest addition to their outdoor learning environment was officially opened. The Cabin, as it has officially been named, was opened by Mr. Simon Hart MP, a former parent and governor of the school. He said, 'It is a real pleasure to be back ...


26 JAN 2015

NAMES OF THOSE LOST IN SEA DISASTER TO BE REMEMBERED AFTER TWO YEAR PLANNING BATTLE

A TWO-year planning battle with the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park (NP) has been won – and the names of 79 servicemen who died in the Freshwater West maritime disaster will now be on permanent display. Only three people survived the sinking of two Landing Craft Guns Ls 15 - 16 and the HMS ...


21 JAN 2015

SIMON HART MP – "TIME FOR ACTION ON FUEL INEQUALITY"

Pembrokeshire drivers are being made to pay high petrol prices by large supermarkets and the competition regulator should be given the power to intervene, says local MP Simon Hart. Mr Hart is supporting fellow Conservative Mark Garnier in a bid to give the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) po...


21 JAN 2015

"PEMBROKE DOCK COMPANY SPRINGING TO SUCCESS" - MP

Simon Hart MP has visited local business success story Atlantic Trampolines based in Pembroke Dock. The company has sold 50,000 trampolines in the past 10 years from its London Road Industrial Estate warehouse and has shipped them all over the UK and Europe. Director Jon Edwards set up the busines...


19 JAN 2015

SHOULD CARMARTHEN'S WAR MEMORIAL BE MOVED? - ASKS MP

Carmarthen's MP Simon Hart is asking town residents whether they think the County War Memorial should be moved. The statue on Priory Street commemorates the 1,913 men and women from Carmarthenshire who died in both World Wars and the Korean War. Mr Hart explained: "The statue was put up on Priory ...


14 JAN 2015

Simon Hart MP calls on Carmarthenshire's small shops to enter national competition

Simon Hart MP is calling for small shops in Carmarthenshire to enter a Parliamentary competition aimed at finding Britain's best small shop. Mr Hart said: "This is a great opportunity for small shops across Carmarthenshire to receive recognition for the fantastic work they do in supporting the comm...


12 JAN 2015

Simon Hart MP salutes 120 business start-ups in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire

Simon Hart MP has welcomed the results from a Government scheme to help unemployed people start their own business. The New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) scheme has supported 120 business start ups in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, while another 100 people have started working with a busines...


12 JAN 2015

New Year's Message

For me I want 2015 to be year of hope, optimising and success. West Wales is a fantastic place to live, work and visit and I want to champion these special qualities. Without being blind to areas of hardship, I am also proud that in our area unemployment has fallen, crime has fallen, tax has come do...


22 DEC 2014

DESPERATE MUM'S LAST DITCH PLEA TO WELSH HEALTH MINISTER

A desperate mum who has been waiting 60 weeks for a "routine" operation has written a last ditch plea for help to Wales' First Minister. Kelly Thomas from St Florence has been waiting for 15 months for the urgent bowel operation. Every day is agony as she suffers from sickness, severe tummy aches,...


19 DEC 2014

DEAL FOR BETTER MOBILE COVERAGE WELCOMED BY SIMON HART MP

Simon Hart MP has welcomed a £5 billion deal to provide mobile phone coverage for nearly all of Britain within three years. Not spots mean mobile phone coverage is poor or non-existent in many parts of Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. Culture Secretary Sajid Javid struck a deal last week (...


18 DEC 2014

SIMON HART MP DELIVERS CHRISTMAS CHEER

Simon Hart MP has visited Royal Mail's Narberth Delivery Office to pass on Christmas wishes and encouragement to postmen and women at their busiest time of year. Mr Hart was shown around the office by Delivery Office Manager, Charmaine Thomas, and was introduced to the postmen and women who are wor...


12 DEC 2014

ACTION PLAN DRAWN UP BY LOCAL FARMERS AT DAIRY CRISIS SUMMIT

About 80 dairy farmers who attended a dairy crisis summit organised by Simon Hart MP have agreed on an action plan. The meeting at the Hotel Plas Hyfryd in Narberth was attended by local producers, Welsh Secretary of State Stephen Crabb, Neil Parish MP, chairman of the all-party dairy group and And...


11 DEC 2014

GENEROUS CARMARTHEN SHOPPERS HELP TESCO'S FOODBANK COLLECTION

MP Simon Hart joined staff, shoppers and volunteers at Carmarthen's Tesco Extra for this year's Neighbourhood Food Collection. Tesco has held a week-long collection in stores across the UK. It is the fifth year that the supermarket giant has teamed up with foodbank charity The Trussell Trust and fo...


08 DEC 2014

ANNABEL DRAWS A WINNER IN MP CARD CONTEST

Tavernspite school pupil Annabel Morby's Christmas card will be winging its way to Number 10 Downing Street after coming first in Simon Hart MP's card competition. As well as winning 500 cards for her school, eight-year-old Annabel's cheerful snowman picture will also adorn Mr Hart's official Chris...


05 DEC 2014

CAMERA TO BE SET UP AT DANGEROUS JUNCTION IN RED ROSES

A joint campaign by Simon Hart MP and a community council to try to make a new junction safer has been given a big boost. The local MP joined forces with Eglwys Cymmin Community Council to highlight the danger of the turn off from the new by-pass at Red Roses. If you are travelling west, the turni...


05 DEC 2014

MP KEEPS PRESSURE ON GLANGWILI OVER PARK AND RIDE PROMISE

Carmarthen MP Simon Hart is keeping up the pressure on Glangwili bosses over promises to look into Park and Ride facilities to the hospital. Mr Hart has had numerous Glangwili patients get in touch with him to complain about the difficulty in finding a parking space at the hospital. He wrote to Ge...


05 DEC 2014

SOME LESSONS LEARNED FROM ANGEL'S TRAGIC DEATH, SAYS MP

Vital lessons have been learned from the emergency services response to the tragic death of Angel Smith last summer. Angel died in a house fire at her home in Bryn Gorwel, Carmarthen. It took an ambulance half an hour to reach her home by which time she had been taken to the nearby hospital in the...


03 DEC 2014

The Autumn Statement includes a number of new measures which will benefit people and businesses in Wales.

Through Barnett Consequentials the Welsh Government's budget will benefit from £123m additional funding through 2015-16, bringing the total additional spending power given to it since 2010 to over £1.2bn. Non-Domestic (Business) Rates will be fully devolved to the Welsh Government by Ap...


02 DEC 2014

PEMBROKESHIRE'S BASS NEED PROTECTION, WESTMINSTER HEARS

Pembrokeshire's bass need protecting in the same way as bats, badgers and newts, says local MP Simon Hart. In a Westminster debate Mr Hart spoke about a letter he received from Pembroke bass fishing guide Matt Powell. "In it he wrote that our most iconic marine sport fish is under the sort of pres...


27 NOV 2014

MP SEEKS SOLUTION TO DANGEROUS ROAD

Simon Hart MP has seen firsthand the dangers facing mums and toddlers as they walk down a section of road with no pavement near Laugharne. The local community council has been calling for safety improvements on the road that links Broadway to Laugharne. "The problem is that there are a number of h...


26 NOV 2014

INDUSTRY LEADERS TO ATTEND LOCAL MP'S DAIRY CRISIS SUMMIT

Industry experts, Government advisers, the Welsh Secretary of State and local milk producers will all be attending a special summit set up by Simon Hart MP to discuss the dairy crisis. The meeting is taking place at Hotel Plas Hyfryd in Narberth on Thursday December 11 at 8pm. "I am delighted...


14 NOV 2014

SUPERFAST BROADBAND GETS A STEP CLOSER

Local MP Simon Hart has been inspecting the technology behind the roll out of high speed fibre broadband in Camarthenshire/Pembrokeshire. Mr Hart visited one of the new Superfast Cymru fibre broadband street cabinets being installed in his constituency. Every exchange in Carmarthen West and South ...


12 NOV 2014

SIMON HART MP GOES WALKABOUT TO WITNESS TRAFFIC CHAOS

Simon Hart MP has gone walkabout in Llanboidy to see first-hand the problems that the village has with congestion and road safety. Members of Llanboidy Community Council invited Mr Hart to the village at school drop off time to see the problems for himself. "The issue is that there is a narrow and...


10 NOV 2014

SIMON HART MP LEADS DEBATE ON DAIRY CRISIS FACING LOCAL FARMERS

The crisis facing Pembrokeshire's dairy farmers was the topic of a special Westminster debate led by Simon Hart MP. South west Wales has the highest concentration of dairy farmers in the UK and many of them are now being paid less for their milk than it costs them to produce – with little pro...


07 NOV 2014

SIMON HART MP JOINS PARLIAMENT'S VETERANS TO RECORD SUPPORT FOR THE ARMED FORCES

Local MP Simon Hart has joined around 30 other MPs who have served in the Armed Forces in a special Remembrance Service in London. This was the second time that current and retired Armed Forces personnel who are now parliamentarians in the House of Commons have gathered in this way. Mr Hart, who s...


05 NOV 2014

Simon Hart MP joins the 'Nation of Lifesavers' campaign to save 5,000 lives

Simon Hart MP is urging people to join the campaign to dramatically increase the number of local people trained in life-saving CPR and help create a Nation of Lifesavers. More than 30,000 people suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the UK every year – 80% of which occur in the home, of...


03 NOV 2014

SIMON HART MP: NEW ANNUAL TAX SUMMARIES WILL SHOW HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS WHERE THEIR MONEY IS BEING SPENT

Simon Hart MP has welcomed the new personal Annual Tax Summaries which set out how taxpayer's money is being spent by the Government. This will mean many hardworking taxpayers in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire will see exactly how their taxes are being used. Mr Hart said: "Tax Summaries a...


03 NOV 2014

Letter to the press regarding the saving of Narberth Pool

Dear Editor, The fact that Narberth Swimming Pool has been saved from closure is a great example of triumph over adversity, and proof that communities can still achieve great things by refusing to take no for an answer. Sue Rees and everyone involved deserve considerable credit. Two things struck ...


28 OCT 2014

CHANCE TO SHINE IN MPS CARD AND CALENDAR COMPETITIONS

Simon Hart MP is giving local residents a chance to get creative – by designing his annual Christmas card or taking an image for his calendar. Every primary school child in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire has been invited to design his Christmas card – and the winning pupil will...


27 OCT 2014

SUPERFAST BROADBAND GETTING CLOSER – BUT ONLY IF YOU OPT IN

Local MP Simon Hart has held a debate in Westminster aimed at making people aware of the importance of "opting in" to faster broadband speeds. Mr Hart organised the Westminster Hall debate to highlight the Superfast Cymru scheme under which BT Openreach is installing superfast broadband to all of C...


17 OCT 2014

77 JOBS ON OFFER AT MP'S SECOND CARMARTHENSHIRE JOBS FAIR

A total of 77 jobs were on offer in St Peter's Civic Hall in Carmarthen when Simon Hart MP held his second Carmarthenshire Jobs Fair. Around 100 jobseekers came through the doors to visit the 25 employers and organisations – and many left with jobs or interviews. "I know that some interviews...


10 OCT 2014

MP HELPS LAUNCH UNIQUE NEW CHARITY

A unique new charity aimed at giving holistic support to families in need has been launched with the help of local MP Simon Hart. The AmberDen Foundation, based in Whitland, helps families who are dealing with major impacting illnesses by offering a range of complementary therapies. "We support th...


07 OCT 2014

MP'S APPEAL TO IRONMAN ORGANISERS

Local MP Simon Hart has written to the organisers of Ironman Wales to encourage them to keep the event in Pembrokeshire. Ironman UK agreed to hold the Wales event in Tenby until 2015 and although the company has said "it can see no reason not to return", the contract has not been signed. Writing t...


01 OCT 2014

MAJOR COMPANIES SIGNED UP FOR SECOND CARMARTHEN JOBS FAIR

Major employers are signing up for Simon Hart's second Jobs Fair being held in Carmarthen on October 16. The free event aims to marry up job seekers and local businesses and follows on from three successful similar events run by the MP in the past 18 months. "We have had a good response so far fro...


01 OCT 2014

NASH FINGERPOST SAFETY WORK ON HOLD – BUT WILL BE COMPLETE BY APRIL

Work to make an accident blackspot near Pembroke safer are merely on hold – and will be completed by April, Simon Hart MP has learned. The Nash Fingerpost junction has seen numerous accidents and two fatalities, but following lobbying from South Pembrokeshire Mr Hart, the Welsh Assembly Gover...


29 SEP 2014

MP TAKES ON CAMPAIGN TO RESTORE TOWN WAR MEMORIAL ON BEHALF OF VETERAN

Carmarthen's MP Simon Hart has taken up a challenge from a war veteran to try to get the County War Memorial in the town restored. A former member of the Royal Horse Artillery who lives in Carmarthen wrote to Mr Hart to highlight concerns that the memorial on Priory Street was looking dirty and neg...


18 SEP 2014

SECOND JOBS FAIR FOR CARMARTHEN

Simon Hart is hosting his second Jobs Fair in Carmarthen in October. The free event aims to marry up job seekers and local businesses and follows on from three successful similar events run by the MP in the past 18 months. "I have now organised two in Pembrokeshire and this will be the second in C...


18 SEP 2014

More real jobs means a brighter future for families in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire

Simon Hart MP has welcomed new figures showing that 288 fewer people are claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire since 2010, a 23 per cent drop. This means more people in work, with the security of a regular pay packet and a brighter future ahead of them. Throughou...


11 SEP 2014

PENDINE BEACH FINALLY GETS THOROUGH CLEAN - THANKS TO GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION!

It's taken almost a year and a letter from a Government minister, but for the first time ever, the whole of Pendine beach can be litter-picked.Pendine resident Sheila Scottow contacted her MP Simon Hart in 2013 to complain that the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) was not allowed to clean a large p...


10 SEP 2014

SIMON HART MP joins the fight against breast cancer by wearing pink

BLocal MP Simon Hart has joined the fight against breast cancer by taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign's flagship fundraiser, wear it pink day. The theme of wear it pink this year is to 'look good, do good' in support of breast cancer research. On Friday 24 October people across the country will ...


08 SEP 2014

LOCAL YOUNGSTERS FACE LONGEST WAITING LIST IN WALES FOR ORTHODONTICS, MP REVEALS

Children are waiting for orthodontic treatment 21 times longer in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire than youngsters in other parts of Wales. The shocking waiting times in the Hywel Dda Health Board area have been revealed in a series of Freedom of Information requests carried out by local MP Simon ...


08 SEP 2014

MP HELPS VETERAN GET MEDAL HE'S BEEN WAITING 70 YEARS FOR

Local MP Simon Hart has helped a Kilgetty veteran get the medal he has been waiting 70 years for. Ninety-year-old Frederick Dangerfield served in the 2nd Battalion Welsh Regiment for about six years during the Second World War. During that time he fought for two years in Burma – entitling hi...


28 AUG 2014

SUMMER PARTY SUCCESS

Simon Hart MP is pictured with Barbara Hunt at the Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire Conservative Association's Summer Party. Mrs Hunt was presented with an orchid to say thank you for hosting the evening at White House Mill Fishery in Lampeter Velfrey. The annual event, which is organised b...


18 AUG 2014

MP CALLS FOR IMPROVED SAFETY AND SIGNAGE AT NEW ROAD JUNCTION

Simon Hart MP is joining forces with a local community council to campaign for a new road junction to be made safer. The Pendine turn off at the new Red Roses by-pass is extremely sharp and is on a very fast section of road. There are also no signs to Pendine – meaning that traffic for the b...


25 JUL 2014

60 PEOPLE ATTEND PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS TENBY SCHOOLS PLAN

More than 60 people attended a public meeting organised by local MP Simon Hart to hear what Tenby residents think of plans for a new school on a greenfield site in the town. Pembrokeshire Coast National Park planning committee is due to meet on July 30 to look at the county council's proposal to de...


24 JUL 2014

MP ENCOURAGES COMMUNITIES TO SIGN UP FOR BETTER MOBILE PHONE LINKS

Simon Hart MP is encouraging rural villages in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire to sign up for a chance to get better mobile phone signal. Mr Hart helped Pendine become one of only 12 communities in Britain to host a Rural Open Sure Signal (ROSS) pilot programme, which brought reliable 3G mobile p...


22 JUL 2014

LORDS AND COMMONS CHARITY CRICKET MATCH RAISES NEARLY £600

Cresselly Cricket Club took on the Lords and Commons Cricket Team for the first time in history – and helped raise nearly £600 for charity. Simon Hart MP organised the match and was joined by neighbouring Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards from Carmarthen East and Dinefwr and Conservativ...


21 JUL 2014

PENNAR SCHOOL

PENNAR PUPILS: Simon Hart MP is pictured at Pennar Community School in Pembroke Dock which he recently visited to give a talk to the pupils about life as an MP. "I really enjoyed visiting the school and the enthusiasm and interest shown by the pupils was a credit to all their teachers and parents,"...


18 JUL 2014

MP WELCOMES 14 % DROP IN CRIME IN DYFED-POWYS

Simon Hart MP has welcomed news that crime is falling. Latest figures from the independent Office for National Statistics show that since 2010 recorded crime in Dyfed Powys has fallen by 14 %. Mr Hart said: 'This is wonderful news for people living in south west Wales, recorded crime is down thanks...


17 JUL 2014

COME AND HAVE YOUR SAY ON TENBY SCHOOL PLANS

Plans to demolish Tenby's infant school and replace it with a new building on playing fields are up for discussion at an open public meeting next week. Simon Hart MP has called the meeting because so many residents contacted him with concerns about the county council plans. "I have heard from a nu...


10 JUL 2014

PUB POLITICS" PROVING A BIG HIT WITH VOTERS

Local MP Simon Hart's "pub politics" sessions are proving a big hit with voters with more than 75 people turning up at the most recent session at the Milton Brewery near Carew. Mr Hart has been holding the informal meetings at pubs and clubs around Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire for the pa...


02 JUL 2014

CHANCELLOR OF EXCHEQUER PAYS TRIBUTE TO 50 YEARS OF REFINING IN PEMBROKE

CHANCELLOR OF EXCHEQUER PAYS TRIBUTE TO 50 YEARS OF REFINING IN PEMBROKE George Osborne has paid tribute to 50 years of refining in Pembroke in the House of Commons. He was asked by local MP Simon Hart whether he could assure Valero that it has the full support of the UK Government going into the ...


20 JUN 2014

MPs OF ALL PARTIES UNITE TO TAKE ON CRESSELLY CRICKET CLUB FOR CHARITY

Labour,  Liberal Democrat, Conservative and Plaid Cymru MPs are joining forces against a common enemy in July – Cresselly Cricket Club. Local MP Simon Hart has organised a match between the Lords and Commons Cricket Team and Cresselly Cricket Club which will take place in Cresselly on Su...


20 JUN 2014

SIMON HART RESPONSE TO NATIONAL PARK'S CHANGES TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING RULES

"Anything that will help the National Park (NP) achieve its affordable housing target is to be welcomed. However imposing significant taxes on local builders is not the answer. I have been contacted by numerous developers, builders, tradesmen and planning professionals in the past three years comp...


09 JUN 2014

SIMON HART CONGRATULATES WINNERS OF TIFFIN CUP NOMINATION

South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart is pictured at Megna Indian Restaurant in Narberth after he nominated it to take part in the prestigious Tiffin Cup competition to find the best South Asian restaurant in the country. The Tiffin Cup is an annual competition awarded by a cross-party group of MPs cal...


05 JUN 2014

WILLY WONKA OF WEST WALES CELEBRATES NATIONAL WIN

Young entrepreneur Liam Burgess from Llanboidy chocolate company nomnom is celebrating after winning a prestigious national award. The 20-year-old set up his chocolate factory in an old caravan in Llansteffan a year ago and has since gone from strength to strength. His chocolate has been mentioned...


23 MAY 2014

WW1 STORY WINS MP'S COMPETITION

Twelve-year-old Lloyd Mammatt from Princes Gate has won the top prize in a short story competition organized by local MP Simon Hart and supported by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes. Lloyd is pictured receiving £25 in book tokens for himself and £100 for Ysgol Dyffryn Taf for his st...


19 MAY 2014

MP SURGERY FOR TOURISM BUSINESSES

A number of Pembrokeshire businesses within the tourism and hospitality trade gathered at the Gower Hotel in Saundersfoot on Friday 16th May for a Tourism Surgery. The Surgery was jointly co-ordinated and hosted by Pembrokeshire Tourism and Member of Parliament for South Pembrokeshire and West Carm...


13 MAY 2014

MP HAILS JOBS FAIR SUCCESS

More than 150 jobseekers and 30 employers attended the Pembrokeshire Jobs Fair organised by Simon Hart MP on Monday. This is the second event of its kind organised by the local MP and many jobseekers left the Pembroke Town Hall event with interview dates in their diaries. Once again, employers wer...


02 MAY 2014

COMPANIES CONFIRMED FOR PEMBROKESHIRE JOBS FAIR MAY 12

The following companies and organisations have confirmed they are attending the Pembrokeshire Jobs Fair on Monday May 12 in Pembroke Town Hall from 10am to 1pm   Care in HandShaw Specialist Services  New Direction Education  Magstim  Apple Blossom Cleaning Services ...


02 MAY 2014

MP HELPS NEW TENBY CLIMBING VENTURE GET "OFF THE GROUND"

Simon has happily been "roped in" to help a local climber get a new indoor visitor attraction in Tenby "off the ground". John Williams from Haverfordwest is planning to convert the old lifeboat station on Castle Beach into The Overhang indoorclimbing centre. Mr Williams, who runs Coast2Crag w...


25 APR 2014

MPWELCOMES 7% DROP IN CRIME RATE

Local MP Simon Hart has welcomed news that crime has fallen once again over the last twelve months. Latest figures from the independent Office forNational Statistics show that since 2010 recorded crime in Dyfed-Powys has fallenby seven per cent. The overall rates of reported crime havedropped by 1...


25 APR 2014

HOST OF LOCAL COMPANIES SIGN UP FOR JOBS FAIR

HOST OF PEMBROKESHIRE FIRMS LINE UP FOR MP's JOBS FAIR A host of local companiesand training providers have signed up to take part in the Pembrokeshire JobsFair next month. The event is beingorganised by Simon Hart MP in Pembroke Town Hall on Monday May 12 and aims tomatch up local companies with ...


25 APR 2014

PUBLIC MEETING HEARS OF DEATH KNELL FOR NEW WINDFARMS FROM MP

PUBLIC MEETING HEARS OF DEATH KNELL FOR NEW WINDFARMS FROM MP A PACKED public meeting on the Angle peninsular heard about the Government's death knellfor new windfarms from local MP Simon Hart last night. The "pub politics" session at the Speculation Inn in Hundleton was the latest in aseries of m...


31 MAR 2014

PEMBROKESHIRE JOBS FAIR 2014 LAUNCHED BY MP

PEMBROKESHIRE JOBS FAIR 2014 LAUNCHED BY MP Simon Hart MP has launched the 2014 Pembrokeshire Jobs Fair, following the huge success of last year's event. The Fair will take place between 10am and 1pm at Pembroke Town Hall on Main Street on Monday May 12. Last year's event saw 350 jobseekers throu...


31 MAR 2014

MP DELIGHTED TO HELP LAUNCH WELSH ICON'S STAMP

Simon Hart MP was delighted to help launch a Dylan Thomas stamp which has been issued as part of the Royal Mail's "Remarkable Lives" series. The set of stamps features ten Britons who were all born in 1914 and features other icons such as Sir Alec Guinness and Roy Plomley. "This is a beautiful sta...


28 MAR 2014

SI Tenby Presents FGM Petition to Simon Hart MP

SI Tenby Presents FGM Petition to Simon Hart MP Last Friday Wendy Bell, SI Tenby's Club Co-ordinator for the FGM Awareness Project, presented The Tenby Petition to Simon Hart MP at his monthly surgery in Augustus Place. The petition contained over 2,600 signatures protesting against the illegal pra...


21 MAR 2014

WALES AIR AMBULANCE BOOSTED BY VAT DECISION

Local MP Simon Hart has welcomed a decision by the Chancellor to waive VAT on fuel for the Wales Air Ambulance. Welsh Conservatives have campaigned for years for the tax to be lifted on air ambulance emergency services. George Osborne announced that all air ambulance charities will be eligible for...


20 MAR 2014

BUDGET WELCOMED BY MP

Welcoming this week's budget, local MP Simon Hart said: "This week's budget follows new figures that show that unemployment levels in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire have fallen again and that the economy is continuing to grow. "The measures outlined will help deliver economic security and...


19 MAR 2014

YSGOL DYFFRYN TAF CELEBRATES FIVE YEARS AS FAIRTRADE SCHOOL

FIVE YEARS as a Fairtrade school has been celebrated by Ysgol Dyffryn Taf in fitting style. The school marked the occasion by inviting 25 local supporters to a three-course Fairtrade Lunch which was cooked and served by eight youngsters studying hospitality for BTecs in hospitality. Elizabeth Thom...


17 MAR 2014

Pembrokeshire Herald Questions and Answers to MP on his role

1. How did you start in politics and from where did the interest come? I started in politics relatively late in life. Having two careers under my belt (as a chartered surveyor in Carmarthen and the chief executive of a rural rights organisation) I was always keen to undertake something in the publi...


12 MAR 2014

HAVERFORDWEST TARGET SHOOTING CLUB WELCOMES MP

South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart visited Haverfordwest Target Shooting Club recently to inspect their new 50 & 100 metre shooting ranges and meet members. Mr Hart acquitted himself well and scored several "bullseyes" with a variety of target rifles ranging from an original US Civil War 1863 da...


12 MAR 2014

DOWNTON ABBEY CREATOR TO JUDGE MP'S SHORT STORY COMPETITION FOR LOCAL YOUNGSTERS

Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes is to be the judge of a new short story competition launched for youngsters by local MP Simon Hart. Every child aged between 11 and 14 who attends school in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire has been invited to enter the 499-word competition. "It is a hug...


05 MAR 2014

£1 MILLION DEVELOPMENT AT REYNALTON WELCOMED

Simon Hart MP is pictured congratulating Huw Pendleton of Celtic Holiday Parks on the completion of a £1million building project at Croft Holiday Park in Reynalton. The new clubhouse with a saltwater spa, serenity garden and treatment rooms as well as a 90 seat restaurant/bar was built by Ton...


05 MAR 2014

LOCAL MP "GRADUATES" FROM ARMED FORCES

Simon Hart MP has completed a scheme which gives politicians experience of life in the armed forces.Mr Hart spent time aboard HMS York and visited British troops in Afghanistan and the Falkland Islands as part of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme (AFPS) over the past four years.He was presented ...


27 FEB 2014

MP GETS INSIDE TRACK ON WHITLAND STATION MAKEOVER – AS NEW FIGURES PROVE HOW VITAL IT IS

MP GETS INSIDE TRACK ON WHITLAND STATION MAKEOVER – AS NEW FIGURES PROVE HOW VITAL IT IS Simon Hart MP has been given the inside track on the refurbishment of Whitland's run down station. The railway station building has stood empty for more than a decade and was slowly rotting away, creatin...


27 FEB 2014

TRAIN STATION STATISTICS BRING SURPRISING RESULTS DOWN THE LINE

Tenby is South Pembrokeshire's busiest train station . More than 2,000 people a week pass through the station doors in Tenby with 108,878 "entrances and exits" recorded last year. Simon Hart MP says that the figure proves just how vital the facility is to the town. "These official figures by the ...


27 FEB 2014

MP WELCOMES SUPERFAST BROADBAND BOOST FOR RURAL AREAS

Simon Hart MP has welcomed an extra £12million of Government money which will help bring superfast broadband to some of Pembrokeshire's hardest to reach rural areas. The nationwide rollout is a key part of the Government's long-term economic plan to secure Britain's future by providing better...


12 FEB 2014

SHORTFALLS OF GYPSY PLANNING LAWS HIGHLIGHTED IN PARLIAMENT

Simon Hart MP has highlighted the shortfalls of having special gypsy planning laws in a House of Commons debate. In the four years since he became an MP Mr Hart has witnessed the strong emotions stirred up by gypsy planning matters. "Many people don't realise that there is a different set of plann...


11 FEB 2014

WELSH PATIENTS WAITING TWICE AS LONG FOR HIP OPERATIONS AS ENGLISH NEIGHBOURS

A JOINT investigation by Simon Hart MP and the Shadow Welsh Health Minister has revealed that Welsh patients are waiting more than twice as long for hip replacements as patients in England. Official government figures requested by Mr Hart and Darren Millar AM revealed that Welsh patients wait six m...


24 JAN 2014

SENSELESS DECISION BY WELSH ASSEMBLY ON SCBU CLOSURE

Commenting on the Welsh Health Minister's decision to close SCBU at Withybush, South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart said: "This is an infuriating and senseless decision by Mark Drakeford. It shows total disregard for those of us who live here and ignores what the experts have been saying. "Once again...


24 JAN 2014

MP WELCOMES 10 % DROP IN CRIME SINCE ELECTION

Simon Hart MP has praised local police officers after crime statistics revealed that there has been a 10 % drop in crime since the election. Crime figures released by the ONS reveal that some reported crimes such as firearm offences have dropped by 36% since May 2010. Knife crime is also down 22% ...


20 JAN 2014

SIMON HART MP CELEBRATES 70 YEARS OF OUTDOOR LEARNING WITH THE FIELD STUDIES COUNCIL

The Field Studies Council – which runs Orielton Field Centre near Pembroke – has held a 70th anniversary celebration event in Westminster which was hosted by Simon Hart MP. Mr Hart has a long-standing interest in learning outside the classroom which stems from his time as Chief Executiv...


13 JAN 2014

TEMPORARY ROAD WILL RELIEVE AMROTH BUSINESSES HIT BY SEA FRONT DAMAGE

Amroth businesses hit by the closure of the storm-damaged main road have been telling their MP about the effect on trade. A large section of the road on the seafront was completely destroyed by the storms ten days ago To travel from the New Inn at one end of Amroth seafront to the Smugglers at the...


10 JAN 2014

Superfast Broadband in Wales – 100,000 properties milestone reached

More than 100,000 Welsh homes and businesses including those in Carmarthen and Hebron can now get access to superfast speeds as a result of the UK Government's roll-out of superfast broadband. The UK Government has invested £57 million pounds in the Superfast Cymru project which is on track t...


20 DEC 2013

Christmas Message from Simon Hart MP

It's been a busy and rewarding year and with more good news emerging on the economic recovery 2014 is finishing on a positive note. The number of Job Seeker's Allowance claimants in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire dropped from nearly 1,700 in February this year to 1,300 in October. Employme...


16 DEC 2013

MP GIVES STAMP OF APPROVAL TO NARBERTH'S NEW FOOD BANK

Simon Hart MP joined volunteers of Pembrokeshire'S newest foodbank for coffee at Liberty Café, Grace Court House in Narberth. Simon was shown the foodbank storeroom and given a briefing on the work of the new charity. Senior minister of Grace Church, Paul Dando, who was also ...


13 DEC 2013

PROUD HOLLY WINS SIMON HART’S CHRISTMAS CARD COMPETITION

LLANMILOE pupil Holly John has won Simon Hart MP's Christmas Card competition with a colourful nativity design. The 10-year-old beat stiff competition with nearly 500 entries submitted by pupils at primary schools across Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire. "This is the first year that I have ...


06 DEC 2013

Simon Hart MPs thoughts upon benefits reform

It's funny how a spontaneous comment on Facebook can get picked up and played back, but that is what happened to a few words of mine about benefit reform and its impact on Pembrokeshire. And I am glad that it did. In a thread of comments responding to the local charity PATCH I said that "no Governm...


05 DEC 2013

AUTUMN STATEMENT WELCOMED BY SIMON HART MP

Simon Hart MP has called on the Welsh Assembly Government to follow Westminster's lead and cut business rates for small shopkeepers. In his Autumn Statement the Chancellor pledged to give small shopkeepers a £1,000 discount on their rates. However the bonus, which will benefit all those in p...


05 DEC 2013

MP URGES 9,000 ELIGIBLE HOUSEHOLDERS IN CARMARTHENSHIRE TO ASK FOR HELP WITH ENERGY BILLS

New research reveals that 9,000 households in Carmarthenshire are eligible for assistance from their energy supplier with heating their homes. The findings from Home Heat Helpline show that nine per cent of households in the county are entitled to relief from energy companies this year. Households...


05 DEC 2013

MP WELCOMES NATIONAL PARK'S ADMISSION THAT AFFORDABLE HOMES POLICY IS NOT WORKING

MP WELCOMES NATIONAL PARK'S ADMISSION THAT AFFORDABLE HOMES POLICY IS NOT WORKING A new report by Pembrokeshire National Park has revealed that its affordable homes policy is not working and that urgent action needs to be taken to change it. The report reveals that the policy is failing and that o...


02 DEC 2013

SIMON HART MP DELIVERS ENCOURAGEMENT TO ROYAL MAIL POSTIES IN CARMARTHEN

Simon Hart MP has visited Royal Mail's Carmarthen delivery office to pass on Christmas wishes and encouragement to the postmen and women at their busiest time of year. Mr Hart was shown around the office by local Delivery Office Manager, Charmaine Farmer, and was introduced to the postmen and women...


01 DEC 2013

MP HANDS OUT AWARDS TO TENBY SEA CADETS

Simon Hart is pictured at Tenby Sea Cadets annual awards evening at which he presented the prizes.  The Tenby Sea Cadets Unit was awarded once again with the Efficiency Pennant - an award which is only presented to the top 30% of the 400 Sea Cadet Units in the UK.


28 NOV 2013

Simon Hart MP celebrates contribution of soft drinks industry to Pembrokeshire

The importance of the soft drinks industry in Pembrokeshire has been highlighted by Simon Hart MP. Princes Gate Spring Water employs 60 people at its factory near Narberth and Simon met the company's newest recruit at a recent event in Parliament. The British Soft Drinks Association held a recepti...


20 NOV 2013

SIMON HART MP EXPRESSES FRUSTRATION WITH HEALTH BOARD

Commenting on the future of services at Withybush Hospital, Simon Hart MP said: "I am enormously frustrated by the Local Health Board. It seems to have enormous difficulty communicating with and generating trust among either members of its staff or the Pembrokeshire public. "Every time an announce...


20 NOV 2013

MP PRESENTS GWILI RAILWAY WITH PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

Simon Hart MP is pictured presenting Geoff Richards of the Gwili Railway Preservation Society with a prestigious national award. The Carmarthen railway won the Heritage Railway Association's Visual Access Award in recognition of its magazine the "Gwilli Messenger" of which Mr Richards is the former...


15 NOV 2013

ROCKET MAN – SIMON HART JOINS LOCAL APPRENTICES TO LAUNCH 2014 UK AEROSPACE YOUTH ROCKETRY CHALLENGE

Simon Hart teamed up with apprentices from the aerospace industry to take part in a rocket launching competition with 25 other MPs next to the House of Commons. The competition celebrated the launch of the 2014 UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKAYRoC) which sees teams of students aged 11-18 ...


08 NOV 2013

SIMON HART MP JOINS MORE THAN 50 OF PARLIAMENT'S VETERANS TO RECORD SUPPORT FOR THE ARMED FORCES

Simon Hart joined with other MPs with previous service in the Armed Forces to take part in an act of Remembrance ahead of Sunday's official national commemorations. The group of Parliamentarians from across the political spectrum attended the ceremony at the Guards Chapel, within London's Wellingto...


08 NOV 2013

CARMARTHENSHIRE CHOCOLATE MAKER GETS PRIME MINISTER'S SEAL OF APPROVAL

nomnom chocolate from Llansteffan has won the seal of approval from Number 10. Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute to 20-year-old Carmarthenshire entrepreneur Liam Burgess during Prime Minister's Questions. Liam's story was highlighted by local MP Simon Hart who told the House of Commons: "L...


01 NOV 2013

LOCAL YOUNGSTERS CHANCE TO DESIGN MP'S OFFICIAL CHRISTMAS CARD

Forget boring photos of Westminster in the snow, Simon Hart MP wants to send a more colourful local greeting this Christmas. He's giving local primary schoolchildren the chance to design his official Christmas card – and the winner will receive copies to sell on behalf of their school. "I do...


31 OCT 2013

14 % DROP IN DYFED-POWYS CRIME FIGURES WELCOMED BY MP

New figures which reveal that crime has fallen in Dyfed-Powys by 14% in the past three years have been welcomed by Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart. The latest bulletin from the Office for National Statistics showed that despite a budget cut in real terms of 6.9% for the local ...


20 OCT 2013

MP TAKES PART IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING FORUM

Simon Hart  MP was one of the keynote speakers at a major conference looking into the issue of Human Trafficking organised by Tenby's Soroptimists International (SI). Are we doing enough to safeguard our children? This was the question that was posed by SI Tenby and District and Greenhill's S...


18 OCT 2013

SIMON HART MP SADDENED BY CLOSURE OF TENBY MIU

"This news is a big blow to Tenby and the surrounding area, its residents have fought a long campaign to keep the unit open and this is devastating news. Despite what the Health Board says I still think that to leave a tourist town like Tenby without this cover during the summer months is crazy. "T...


18 OCT 2013

MP VISITS ICONIC WELSH SPORTS CAR MARQUE

A PEMBROKE Dock mechanic who is looking to start manufacturing sports cars in the town was visited by Simon Hart MP. Tony Brown has already built a prototype of the Marcos Spirit 220 for the track and is now working on the road version. The car generated a considerable amount of interest when Tony...


10 OCT 2013

FIRST CARMARTHEN JOBS FAIR SUCH A SUCCESS IT WILL BE REPEATED, SAYS MP

FIRST CARMARTHEN JOBS FAIR SUCH A SUCCESS IT WILL BE REPEATED, SAYS MP More than 100 jobseekers attended the first ever Carmarthen Jobs Fair and some of them were given jobs on the spot. The event, organised by Simon Hart MP, saw 25 employers and organisations take stands at St Peter's Civic Hall ...


04 OCT 2013

LOCAL BUILDER WINS MP PHOTO COMPETITION

Self-employed builder Sam Davies wanted to prove to his brother that his phone could take as good a photo as a camera – and ended up winning a photography competition! Sam, who's 26 and from Reynalton, visited Wiseman's Bridge with his family last Christmas when the wager was made. "My broth...


30 SEP 2013

List of companies attending Jobs Fair

"I am hugely grateful to the companies and organisations that are attending the first ever Carmarthenshire Jobs Fair on October 8. "If just one person finds work as a result of the event then it will have been worth organising. At a previous event in Pembroke Dock the employers were impressed with...


26 SEP 2013

BIG NAME STORES JOIN FIRST EVER CARMARTHEN JOBS FAIR

A number of big name stores have signed up to attend the first ever Carmarthenshire Jobs Fair. The event is being organised by Simon Hart MP in St Peter's Civic Hall on October 8 and aims to match local companies looking for workers and jobseekers. A number of large local employers including Home ...


17 SEP 2013

SIMON HART MP PROUD TO SUPPORT WALK ON WALES FOR ARMED FORCES

Simon Hart will be setting out with Walk on Wales next month in a bid to help raise £1 million for Combat Stress, the Veterans' mental health charity, and the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal. A former Territorial Army soldier, Mr Hart will set out on a section of the round Wales walk as it le...


16 SEP 2013

NATIONAL PARK PLANNING NEEDS ROOT AND BRANCH REFORM, SAYS MP

Simon Hart MP has told the House of Commons that National Park planning policy needs root and branch reform. Mr Hart called the Westminster Hall debate after organising a meeting earlier this year at which National Park planning policies were criticised. The Tenby meeting was attended by 30 local ...


12 SEP 2013

CARMARTHENSHIRE COMPANIES LINING UP TO JOIN FIRST EVER JOBS FAIR

A raft of local companies, both big and small, have signed up to take part in the first ever Carmarthen Jobs Fair. The event is being organised by Simon Hart MP in St Peter's Civic Hall on October 8 and aims to match up local companies with vacancies and jobseekers. A number of large local employe...


03 SEP 2013

CRESSELLY CRICKETERS TAKE ON LORDS AND COMMONS CRICKET TEAM FOR CHARITY

CRESSELLY CRICKETERS TAKE ON LORDS AND COMMONS CRICKET TEAM FOR CHARITY Cresselly's cricketers are taking on players from the Lords and Commons to raise money for charity. Local MP Simon Hart has organised the fixture to be played at Cresselly Cricket Club on Sunday September 15. "I occasionally ...


29 AUG 2013

SIMON HART HOSTS FIRST EVER CARMARTHEN JOBS FAIR

Simon Hart is hosting the first ever Carmarthen Jobs Fair at the town's Civic Hall in early October. The free event aims to marry up job seekers and local businesses and follows on from a successful event run by the MP in Pembrokeshire earlier this year. "Our first event in Pembroke Dock was a hug...


29 AUG 2013

LAST CHANCE TO WIN IPOD NANO

Local MP Simon Hart is urging people not to miss out on the chance to win an ipod nano worth £130 in his summer photo competition. The contest runs until September 10 and is open to anyone who lives in his constituency of Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire. "I am looking for photos that...


22 AUG 2013

BUSY LIFEBOAT CREW VISITED BY MP

Simon Hart MP has paid a visit to the busy lifeboat crew at Angle RNLI. Mr Hart was joined by (r to l) Honorary Secretary Johnny Allen-Mirehouse, crewmember David Jones, assistant mechanic Len Howells, crewmember Sarah Lunn, mechanic Richard Bowles and coxswain Lewis Creese. He was given a tour of...


20 AUG 2013

CARER FROM PEMBROKE WINS AT COUNTY SHOW

SHOW WINNER –Simon Hart MP and Angela Burns AM are pictured at Carew Castle handing over a hamper filled with Welsh produce to Helen Niebling of Pembroke. Ms Niebling, a carer, entered the free prize draw that was running at the Conservative stand at the Pembrokeshire County Show and was pick...


15 AUG 2013

PRODUCTIVE MEETING WITH FUW AT COUNTY SHOW

Simon Hart MP is pictured meeting representatives from the Farmers Union of Wales at the Pembrokeshire County Show. The round table discussion included topics such as the support of young farmers, CAP reform and controlling TB levels in wildlife. "We had a very useful meeting with a full and frank...


14 AUG 2013

MP TAKES PART IN MEMORIAL SERVICE AT WINGS OVER CAREW EVENT

Simon Hart was delighted to take part in the celebration of all things military, with aviation history at its heart, at Carew at the weekend. The first Wings Over Carew festival started with a ceremony at which a new memorial was unveiled, dedicated to air personnel who lost their lives l...


25 JUL 2013

Win an ipod Nano in Simon Hart's summer photo competition

Simon Hart MP is celebrating the summer by running a photographic competition with an iPod nano as the top prize. "I am looking for summer photos highlighting the best things about Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire," explained Mr Hart. "The winning entry will be awarded an iPod nano worth &p...


23 JUL 2013

MP welcomes launch of ultrafast mobile network in Carmarthen

Three launches upgraded Ultrafast mobile network in Carmarthen New network technology rolled out to boost speeds and experience for local users Three has brought its Ultrafast mobile network to Carmarthen following a network upgrade in the town. The network upgrade in Carmarthen will see Three cu...


16 JUL 2013

MP JOINS BID TO SAVE SCHOOL PLAYING FIELDS FROM DEVELOPMENT

Simon Hart MP has joined a campaign to prevent a school playing field in Tenby from being built upon. Pembrokeshire County Council is planning to create a new Welsh medium primary school in the town. They have written to Heywood Lane residents spelling out their plans to build a new school "on land...


10 JUL 2013

BROADBAND NOT SPOT TO BE BANISHED THANKS TO COMMUNITY PULLING TOGETHER

BROADBAND NOT SPOT TO BE BANISHED THANKS TO COMMUNITY PULLING TOGETHER A joint effort by the church, two politicians and a telecomms company looks set to banish broadband not spots near Narberth. When Simon Hart MP heard about superfast wireless broadband possibilities provided by Neyland company ...


02 JUL 2013

SAFEGAURDING OF S4C FUNDING WELCOMED BY MP

Carmarthen West MP Simon Hart has welcomed the news that S4C's future funding has been safeguarded. The Chancellor has announced that the Welsh broadcasting channel's funding is secure for 2015 – 2016. "This is a significant signal of the UK Government's continued support for a strong a...


02 JUL 2013

SIMON HART WELCOMES POTENTIAL £65 SAVING ON ENERGY BILLS FOR LOCAL HOMES

Simon Hart MP has welcomed the news that 326 households in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire have been fitted with British Gas smart meters, saving themselves an estimated total £21,000 on their combined energy bills. Smart meters mean for the first time that households can see how much...


28 JUN 2013

SIMON HART MP SUPPORTS GUIDE DOGS’ CALL FOR TO KEEP PEDESTRIANS SAFE FROM SILENT CARS

Carmarthen MP Simon Hart is supporting Guide Dogs for the Blind's call for quiet hybrid and electric vehicles to be fitted with noise generators to keep pedestrians safe. Research shows that some quiet vehicles cannot be heard until one second before impact and are more likely to be involved in a c...


28 JUN 2013

MP HELPS PENDINE BECOME ONE OF FIRST COMMUNITIES IN WALES WITH FEMTO TECHNOLOGY

Pendine has been chosen out of 170 communities to become one of the first communities in Wales to trial a 'community-led network' to improve mobile phone coverage. Working with the community and local MP Simon Hart, Vodafone has installed ground breaking 'open femto' technology in locations ac...


18 JUN 2013

SOUTH PEMBROKESHIRE DENTAL CRISIS HIGHLIGHTED BY MP

South Pembrokeshire has the lowest level of NHS dental provision of any area in the Hywel Dda Health Board area, Simon Hart MP has learned. Patients trying to register with an NHS dentist are told there are none in the area taking new patients and are added to a waiting list instead. Now Welsh Ass...


11 JUN 2013

SIMON HART SIGNS UP TO HELP IMPROVE PHONE SIGNAL IN CARMARTHEN WEST

Carmarthen town MP Simon Hart is backing a campaign that asks people to become phone detectives this summer and help map real phone reception rates across the Wales. Mr Hart said: "Everyone pays the same for their phone package but phone reception is very variable and many people are not getting a ...


10 JUN 2013

MP “RELIEVED” TO HEAR STAY OF EXECUTION FOR TOURIST HOT SPOT LOOS

Simon Hart MP is delighted to hear that a campaign to keep public loos open in five Carmarthenshire tourist areas has succeeded. The campaign, led by the Community Councils affected and supported by Mr Hart, has succeeded in winning a pledge from Carmarthenshire County Council that the facilities wi...


06 JUN 2013

NATIONAL PARK PLANNING POLICY IS HITTING LOCAL ECONOMY, MEETING HEARS

A tax on new buildings in the National Park is hitting the local economy with developments left unbuilt and tradesmen out of work, a special planning meeting has heard. Simon Hart MP organised the planning surgery after hearing repeated concerns about planning policies followed by the Pembroke...


29 MAY 2013

Pembroke Community Farm visit by Simon Hart MP

Pembroke's new community farm is springing into life with the help of some new arrivals. Lambs are the latest addition to Glan-y-Mor Farm next to Pembroke School which is being restored by Green Links Community Interest Company. Local MP Simon Hart and neighbouring head teacher Frank Ciccotti had ...


29 MAY 2013

WINNER OF SIMON HART SURVEY REVEALED

A LUCKY schoolgirl from Whitland was the winner of Kindle Fire in Simon Hart's constituency survey prize draw. Sarra Evan-Reynolds' family was just one of the 4,000 households to return the form. "I can't believe it, I never normally win anything," said Sarra, a pupil at Ysgol Bro Myrddin in ...


15 MAY 2013

SIMON TAKES PART IN CLEAN COASTS WEEK

Simon Hart MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire pulled on his rubber gloves recently to join communities in Saundersfoot to take part in Keep Wales Tidy's Clean Coasts Week. He joined volunteers to clear Saundersfoot beach of unwanted litter and debris. The campaign was sponsore...


14 MAY 2013

SIMON HART APPLAUDS 25 COMPANIES SUPPORTING FIRST EVER PEMBROKESHIRE JOBS FAIR

"I am delighted to be able to launch the first ever Pembrokeshire Jobs Fair and hope that this will be the first of many similar events. "I have always wanted to put together an event like this as I know so many good employers and job seekers, and I just wanted to make every effort to match them up...


13 MAY 2013

BANCYFELIN PUBLISHER WINS AWARD

A BANCYFELIN-based publishing company has been congratulated by MP Simon Hart for winning a top industry title. Crown House Publishing was named Education Publisher of the Year at the Independent Publishing Awards. The Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire MP visited Crown House Publishing for a...


09 MAY 2013

IS NATIONAL PARK HELPING OR HAMPERING LOCAL ECONOMY?

Are the planning policies of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park helping or hampering the local economy? If you have any views on the subject then Simon Hart MP is inviting you to join him at a special planning surgery that he is hosting in Tenby later this month. He has already invited planning...


01 MAY 2013

BOXING CLUB FIGHTS FOR SURVIVAL WITH HELP OF MP

An amateur boxing club facing a homeless future has received the backing of a local MP. Pembroke Amateur Boxing Club was set up in the sixties, has nearly 100 members and holds training sessions five times a week at its home behind the old Eastgate School at the end of Main Street. But the club's ...


30 APR 2013

SECRETARY OF STATE VISITS PEMBROKE PORT

During a two-day tour of Pembrokeshire last week, the Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones visited companies in Pembroke Dock and Tenby to support jobs and sustain growth in the energy and tourism sector. Mr Jones was accompanied by South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart who set up meetings at...


22 APR 2013

JOBS FAIR FIRST FOR PEMBROKESHIRE

Simon Hart is hosting the first ever Pembrokeshire Jobs Fair at Pembroke Dock’s Bridge Innovation Centre next month. It is hoped that the free event will become an annual occasion and eventually have hundreds of posts on offer for local jobseekers. “A lot of businesses tell me they can&r...


19 APR 2013

MP PULLS ON PINNY TO AID HELP FOR HEROES

Simon Hart MP has pulled on his pinny to help raise cash for injured servicemen's charity Help for Heroes. He's baking for the Colossal Cake Sale being held in aid of Help for Heroes on Narberth's Townsmoor car park on Saturday. (April 27) The event has been organised by Sally Amoore of Llandewi V...


18 APR 2013

MP SAYS THEME PARK IS ONE OF THE 'JEWELS

MP Simon Hart has praised Oakwood Theme Park as one of the jewels in the crown in Pembrokeshire tourism during a recent visit. The MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire made the comments after being given a tour of the Narberth park's new £4 million family-themed attraction which is ...


17 APR 2013

MP REVEALS RESULTS OF ONE OF THE LARGEST SURVEYS EVER OF COUNTY

The results of one of the largest surveys of its kind carried out in Pembrokeshire has thrown up some interesting findings, says local MP Simon Hart. Mr Hart sent a survey to all 35,000 households in his constituency to discover people's views on important local topics and received almost 4,000 res...


10 APR 2013

FARMERS HIT HARD BY FEED SHORTAGE

Livestock farmers are facing serious shortages in feed with mills struggling to keep up with demand and rationing taking place. Local MP Simon Hart said: "This is an extremely worrying time for all livestock farmers. I am hearing of cows being sold, milking being dropped to once a day and rationing...


10 APR 2013

SALVATION ARMY VISIT

Local MP Simon Hart visits The Salvation Army's Outreach Centre in Carmarthen Simon Hart has visited the Salvation Army's Outreach Centre in Camarthen to learn about their work with the homeless, those on probation or those struggling with unemployment. The Army Corps - or Church - in the town was...


03 APR 2013

BADGERS CAUSE GRAVE DAMAGE IN DYLAN THOMAS' FINAL RESTING PLACE

Badgers are damaging the churchyard where Dylan Thomas is buried. Worried family members contacted Simon Hart MP when they noticed that extensive damage was being caused to their family plot. Now St Martin's Church is taking action to try to keep out the creatures. "I was contacted by a lady who ...


21 MAR 2013

Budget is good news for Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire

Welcoming the Budget, Simon Hart MP said: "This Budget is good news for anyone who drives as the planned rise in fuel duty has been cancelled once again. Beer duty has also been cut which will help protect our rural pubs. "The rise in personal tax allowance means that families will pay £700 ...


20 MAR 2013

Budget 2013: A Budget for an Aspiration Nation

Simon Hart MP has welcomed today's budget, saying: "This Budget rewards those who aspire to work hard and get on. It is for those who want to own a home, get their first job, start a business, or save for their retirement. It is a Budget for people who realise there are no easy answers. Our economic...


10 MAR 2013

MP ENLISTS HELP OF LEGENDARY MUSIC SHOP OWNER TO HELP ROCK THE HOUSE OF COMMMONS

The owner of a legendary music shop in Tenby has been enlisted to help Simon Hart MP pick a winner for a nationwide music contest. Laurie Dale, who has run the iconic Dales Music Shop on Tenby's High Street for 60 years, will be picking the category winners in the local leg of Rock the House 2013. ...


04 MAR 2013

WALES TOURISM WEEK MARKED WITH VISIT TO £1 MILLION PROJECT CREATING 10 NEW JOBS

WELSH WONDER – The start of a £1 million building project at Croft Holiday Park near Kilgetty which will create 10 new jobs was celebrated during Wales Tourism Week. Local MP Simon Hart was shown around the development by owner Huw Pendleton, director of Celtic Holiday Parks and newly a...


01 MAR 2013

Carmarthenshire public toilets saved from closure

Commenting on the news that public loos in tourist areas in Carmarthenshire will not be closed at the end of the month, local MP Simon Hart, said: "This is extremely good news and I am delighted that the county council has agreed that facilities in tourist hotspots do deserve to be treated differen...


01 MAR 2013

Tenby Soroptimists meet Simon Hart MP in Westminster

SIMON HART MP is pictured with members of Tenby Soroptimists on their recent visit to the Palace of Westminster. He welcomed the group to the House of Commons and held a discussion with them on issues including human trafficking. The group is organising a Forum looking into the topic which will be ...


28 FEB 2013

BANISH THAT BROADBAND NOT SPOT, SAYS MP

Simon Hart MP is highlighting the fact that everyone has a chance to banish their broadband not spot – by signing up for satellite broadband. Mr Hart was given a demonstration of the high speed connection that is available via Hybeam broadband when it came to Tenby on a roadshow. "Unfortunat...


27 FEB 2013

HORSEMEAT STATEMENT

Simon Hart MP said: "While there is no risk to public health from eating horse, this is undoubtedly a worrying matter which will cause many parents and residents upset and concern. "I strongly believe that the overriding lesson that must be taken from this whole episode is that it is vital that we ...


25 FEB 2013

Carmarthen Post Office

Simon Hart MP has taken part in a rally aimed at keeping Carmarthen's Post Office in King Street. Post Office chiefs want to franchise the branch to a shop elsewhere in the town. But Mr Hart and town leaders disagree with the plans and are calling for a public meeting to give residents a voice ove...


21 FEB 2013

Cambrian windows threatened with closure

Commenting on the 90 day consultation process that has been placed on Cambrian Windows of Pembroke Dock; local MP Simon Hart said: "This could be extremely bad news for Pembroke Dock. I have been in touch with the Welsh Secretary David Jones who is paying close interest to what is happening and have...


07 FEB 2013

WHITLAND SCHOOLBOY'S INVENTION TAKES HIM TO WESTMINSTER

Thirteen-year-old Sam Davies from Whitland has seen an invention he came up with take him to Westminster. The Dyffryn Taf Comprehensive pupil's idea for an easy-to-use quad bike lock was chosen by local MP Simon Hart as the winning local entry in the "We Made It!" manufacturing competition. For hi...


30 JAN 2013

Haven Energy Forum meets in London

The economic significance of Pembrokeshire's growing energy sector has been highlighted by the Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones MP. Speaking at a Wales in London event at the Capital's Globe Theatre attended by Simon Hart MP, the Secretary spoke of his clear objective for the growth of the...


23 JAN 2013

ROCK THE HOUSE OF COMMMONS, INVITES MP

Simon Hart MP is calling for Pembrokeshire musicians and small venues to enter a nationwide contest that celebrates up-and-coming British artists. The South Pembrokeshire MP is urging bands, solo artists and live music venues to enter Rock the House 2013. Applications for the competition, which is...


21 JAN 2013

Disappointment at Minor Injury Unit closures

Responding to the news that the Minor Injuries Units at Tenby and Pembroke Dock Hospitals are to be closed, Simon Hart MP said: "I am extremely disappointed that both Tenby and Pembroke Dock Minor Injury Units are to close - the public consultation revealed that 80% of people were against closing...


17 DEC 2012

MP SUPPORTS MOTORBIKERS IN BID TO GET BRIDGE TOLLS SCRAPPED

Simon Hart is supporting motorbikers' demands for tolls to be scrapped on the Cleddau Bridge – something that's already been done on every major crossing in the UK. The 35 pence charge means that delays build up when bikers have to stop and search for loose change. Members of Pembrokeshire Mo...


14 DEC 2012

MP ENCOURAGES CHRISTMAS POSTIES

CHRISTMAS DELIVERY- Simon Hart MP IS pictured visiting Royal Mail's Pembroke Dock delivery office as they gear up for their busiest time of the year. He was shown round the office by local Delivery Office Manager Colin Harding and introduced to local delivery staff before they went on their rounds. ...


12 DEC 2012

CARING KIDS HAND OVER CAR FULL OF TOYS AND MP RAISES CHARITY'S CONCERNS IN WESTMINSTER

Pupils and parents from Pembroke School have been collecting toys for local charity Pembrokeshire Action To Combat Hardship (PATCH)'s Christmas appeal. It's the first time that the school has taken part in the PATCH Christmas appeal and a car full of toys was collected and handed over with the help...


09 DEC 2012

New figures show Government immigration measures are working

Local MP Simon Hart has welcomed figures showing that net migration has fallen by almost a quarter. This is new evidence that the government's hard-hitting measures to reduce immigration are working. The figures also show that inward migration to the UK fell to its lowest level since 2004. Despite...


07 DEC 2012

MP HEARS OF CHEESE FACTORY SUCCESS STORY

SAY CHEESE! – Simon Hart MP is pictured at the award-winning Carmarthenshire Cheese Company after a tour and tasting at their factory. Also pictured is Managing Director Steve Peace and Operations Manager Mark Jones. The Llanllwch company sells its cheese to supermarkets such as Tesco, Waitro...


06 DEC 2012

MP welcomes Autumn statement

Welcoming the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, local MP Simon Hart said: "I am delighted that the planned 3p increase fuel duty has been scrapped altogether, the cost of fuel is one of the biggest worries for commuters, businesses and families in Pembrokeshire. In such a rural area with limited public...


05 DEC 2012

MP SUCCESS IN CAFE IN RATES ROW

A LAUGHARNE coffee shop has been saved from closure after local MP Simon Hart raised its rates plight in Prime Ministers Questions. The Owl and the Pussycat in Grist Square had been slapped with a 700 per cent rates hike, taking its monthly payment from £92 to £726. Owner Judith Brunsd...


03 DEC 2012

New figures show Government immigration measures are working

  Local MP Simon Hart has welcomed figures showing that net migration has fallen by almost a quarter. This is new evidence that the government's hard-hitting measures to reduce immigration are working. The figures also show that inward migration to the UK fell to its lowest level since 2004. ...


30 NOV 2012

SIMON HART MP SUPPORTS NEW RAILCARD TO HELP JOBSEEKERS BACK TO WORK

Simon Hart has joined with train companies to show his support for the relaunched Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Railcard. The new Railcard is available to eligible people who have been out of work for 13 weeks. It offers jobseekers a 50% discount on train fares as they travel to interviews, to the...


20 NOV 2012

LOCAL RESERVISTS GIVEN A BOOST

Simon Hart MP has welcomed Government plans to enhance the position of reservist troops in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire. The plans are aimed at fully integrating the Territorial Army (TA) into the Armed forces and include increasing the number of training days and giving greater rewards to emp...


20 NOV 2012

CARMARTHEN CINEMA BUSIER THAN PICCADILLY CIRCUS!

Carmarthen's new cinema is the busiest in the Apollo chain – and even busier than their Piccadilly Circus branch! This amazing fact was discovered by local MP Simon Hart when he went on a behind the scenes tour of the St Catherine's Walk attraction. "We had something like 320,000 visits in o...


20 NOV 2012

Isabel's tireless work praised by MP

A 30-year achievement by a Pembrokeshire woman in breeding world-class horses has been praised by MP Simon Hart.  The work of Isabel Scourfield, of Bellevue Equestrian Establishment at Ludchurch, has led to her horses and ponies bringing honours to Great Britain, as well as competing at major ...


11 NOV 2012

ASH DIEBACK

Commenting on the news that ash dieback has been found in Carmarthenshire, local MP Simon Hart said: "This is very serious news and I sincerely hope that it is an isolated incident. "The Government has acted swiftly by banning imports of ash trees and it's hoped that this will slow the spread of th...


11 NOV 2012

MP GETS ON HIS BIKE TO HELP POPPY FACTORY

Local MP Simon Hart "got on his bike" to help raise money for the Poppy Factory. The event was organised by the Industry and Parliament Trust and saw participants cycling for 10 minutes at a time, reaching a total of 280 miles -the equivalent to cycling from the Houses of Parliament in Westminster ...


07 NOV 2012

Questions raised to PM on coffee shop's soaring rates plight

THE case of a coffee shop in Laugharne that has seen its business rates jump by 700 per cent has been raised at Prime Minister's Questions. Local MP Simon Hart told David Cameron about the plight of The Owl and the Pussycat.He said it has seen its rates increased from £92 per month to £...


07 NOV 2012

CARMARTHEN SCOUTS TAKE ON MPS IN ULTIMATE COMMONS QUIZ

Simon Hart MP joined forces with Scouts from Carmarthen to take on other constituencies in a head-to-head quiz in Parliament. Scouts from the 5th Carmarthen Scout Group joined Mr Hart in Parliament to take part in the quiz which was hosted by Going for Gold's Henry Kelly. The teams were tested on a...


06 NOV 2012

QINETIQ HOST MPs VISIT

QinetiQ were delighted to welcome two MPs to its Farnborough Headquarters today. Caroline Dinenage, MP for Gosport in Hampshire, and Simon Hart, MP for Pendine, Carmarthen, were shown how a high-tech, service based successful British company is investing in key areas of future potential in technolo...


02 NOV 2012

GOOGLE COMES TO CARMARTHEN

Carmarthen MP Simon Hart has secured a free Google workshop aimed at helping local businesses make the most of being on-line. The event, which will help small businesses grow on the internet, will take place on Friday November 23rd at the Mount Voluntary Action Centre. "I am delighted that Google ...


26 OCT 2012

LOCAL MP IN CARBON MONOXIDE WARNING

Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart urges: "Protect your home - get a carbon monoxide alarm and get your boiler checked" Local MP Simon Hart is urging people across the region to be 'carbon monoxide safe' this winter, as families start switching on their boilers as the colder weat...


26 OCT 2012

WEST WALES FARMERS IN WESTMINSTER TO HEAR BADGER DEBATE

The argument for carrying out a badger cull to halt the widespread slaughter of cattle has been spelled out in Parliament by local MP Simon Hart. His speech in the chamber of the House of Commons was listened to by The Grasshoppers – a group of dairy farmers from West Wales who were in London...


25 OCT 2012

SIMON HART MP SUPPORTS BIG ENERGY SAVING WEEK AS WINTER WORRIES KICK IN

Two thirds of people think their energy bill will be higher this winter – with many living in colder homes than they would like. That's according to new figures from Citizens Advice as it launches Big Energy Saving Week (22-27 October) to help people cut their winter fuel bills. Local MP Sim...


22 OCT 2012

MP SIMON HART : NEW CRIME MEASURES ARE TOUGH BUT INTELLIGENT

Local MP Simon Hart has welcomed a range of new crime and justice measures announced by the Government this week. The tough and intelligent reforms will see offenders face tougher punishments and victims' rights put first. Proposals outlined by Prime Minister David Cameron, Home Secretary Theresa M...


19 OCT 2012

DON’T MISS THE LAST CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD, SAYS MP

Local MP Simon Hart is urging people not to miss the last chance to make their voices heard to save Tenby and Pembroke Dock's Minor Injury Units (MIUs). Mr Hart has made his submission to Hywel Dda's consultation exercise and made a plea for the MIUs to stay open. "When the MIUs were closed last y...


16 OCT 2012

MP VISITS PENDINE WEAPONS TESTING RANGE AHEAD OF NOISE SURVEY

The unique testing facilities at Pendine's weapons range have been inspected by local MP Simon Hart. Mr Hart had a tour of the facility following concerns raised by nearby residents about the level of noise and vibration caused by the regular explosions at the base. "The site is operated by Qineti...


01 OCT 2012

PEMBROKE GREAT GRANDMA’S VICTORY IN VAT BATTLE

A Pembroke great-grandmother has won a battle with the tax man in a campaign to get a fairer deal for disabled people. Val Jones from Hundleton enlisted the help of her MP Simon Hart and they have just been told that HM Treasury is going to make it easier for people to get the tax discounts they ar...


20 SEP 2012

LOCAL MP LAUNCHES SCHOOLS MANUFACTURING COMPETITION

Simon Hart MP is launching the We Made It! competition working with local schools and industry to help young people understand how exciting and rewarding a career in manufacturing could be. He has invited pupils in every secondary school in South Pembrokeshire to submit designs and ideas for a gadg...


14 SEP 2012

DAIRY FARMERS’ DIRECT ACTION AGAINST SUPERMARKETS PRAISED IN PARLIAMENT

Local MP Simon Hart has praised the direct action taken by Pembrokeshire's milk producers during a debate on the dairy industry in Parliament. During this summer's milk price crisis, scores of dairy farmers from West Wales travelled to picket outside milk processors and supermarket distribution cen...


12 SEP 2012

BOOM IN NEW BUSINESS START UPS IN CARMARTHENSHIRE “A POSITIVE SIGN”, SAYS MP

Local MP Simon Hart has welcomed the news that Carmarthenshire has seen a record number of new companies set up this year. A new report reveals that 179 companies were started in the first three months of 2012 – the highest number ever recorded in this period. "This means that 60 new compani...


10 SEP 2012

WELSH ASSEMBLY FAILURE TO CHANGE PLANNING SYSTEM IS A BLOW TO LOCAL ECONOMY, SAYS MP

A refusal to change the planning system in Wales is a major blow to Pembrokeshire's economy, says local MP Simon Hart. The Government has announced that builders will no longer have to provide affordable homes on new developments if they can prove it would make the site commercially unviable. But ...


01 SEP 2012

WHITLAND STATION REVAMP GATHERING STEAM, SAYS MP

Plans to revamp Whitland's run-down station are gathering steam, says local MP Simon Hart. The buildings at the busy station have stood empty for more than a decade and have been rotting away, leaving an eyesore at an important gateway to town. Following a two-year campaign by Mr Hart, the town co...


29 AUG 2012

Ex- Services Support Group Launched In Carmarthen

A NEW group to support ex-service personnel and their families has been launched in Carmarthen with the help of the town's MP Simon Hart. The group, which is yet to have a formal name, met at the town's Gremlin Club in Guildhall Square on Thursday. Its aim is to become a place where ex-service p...


29 AUG 2012

Tenby’s War Graves To Get Even More TLC

The war graves in Tenby's old cemetery are to get even more TLC after an investigation into their upkeep by Simon Hart MP. Mr Hart was contacted by a constituent concerned that the 34 graves that are dotted about the five-acre graveyard were becoming overgrown. However, a site meeting with Tenby...


29 AUG 2012

Simon Hart Cast In Role To Help Amateur Dramatic Groups

Carmarthen MP Simon Hart is helping the town's amateur theatre groups with a crisis over storage space for staging, sets and props. Costs of hiring the Lyric Theatre and other spaces in the town are too high for the four amateur groups, and now there is uncertainty over the future of an old chapel ...


23 AUG 2012

Search Begins For ‘Digital Hero’ In Carmarthen West And South Pembrokeshire

Simon Hart MP backs TalkTalk's Digital Heroes Awards 65,000 available for 12 projects in 12 regions across the UK New award for children and young people Simon Hart MP is calling for local groups to enter the TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards 2012, a unique competition that recognises and rewar...


17 AUG 2012

Pembrokeshire Politicians Join Forces To Fight Hospital Closures

Pembrokeshire's politicians have joined forces to fight the planned closure of Withybush's Special Care Baby Unit. Local MPs Stephen Crabb and Simon Hart and AM Paul Davies launched an urgent petition and collected signatures during the three days of the Pembrokeshire County Show. The local health...


10 AUG 2012

Political Experience

POLITICAL experience Greenhill pupil Gayatri Gopi from Saundersfoot is pictured with local MP Simon Hart after completing work experience in his Whitland office. During her time in the Constituency Office Gayatri helped with day to day office administration and press matters. "I want to study In...


26 JUL 2012

Simon Hart MP’s Campaign For Rural Mobile Coverage Triumphs

The long parliamentary campaign to bring mobile coverage to rural areas is celebrating after plans were announced that will vastly improve infrastructure in remote rural areas of the UK. Traditionally, up to six million people in Britain have been excluded from good mobile coverage, particularly in...


17 JUL 2012

Local Campsites Warn Of CO2 Danger In Time For Camping Season

Campers in Pembrokeshire mustn't be tempted to take their barbecue indoors, however bad the weather this summer. The message is being spread by local MP Simon Hart, campaigning charity Carbon Monoxide Awareness and the British Holiday and Home Parks Association (BHHPA). It comes after the deaths e...


13 JUL 2012

Milk Crisis Reaching Boiling Point As MP Raises Issue With Prime Minister

As scores of dairy farmers from west Wales descended on London to protest at milk price cuts, local MP Simon Hart called on David Cameron at Prime Minister's Questions to support the industry. A rally attended by 2,000 dairy farmers from all over the UK was organised at a week's notice after the la...


13 JUL 2012

MP Welcomes Direct Welsh Rail Link With Heathrow

Local MP Simon Hart MP has welcomed the news that a 500m direct rail link will be built between Wales and Heathrow. The investment means that you will no longer have to travel all the way into Paddington before travelling back out to Heathrow to catch a flight. "This is wonderful news for west ...


13 JUL 2012

Iconic Town Business Continues At “Full Strength”

LOTTA BOTTLE Local MP Simon Hart is pictured with Eurwyn Harries, managing director of iconic local squash business Tovali and new bottling equipment which is helping the company continue at "full strength". The company, which employs 10, has invested in an 80,000 rinser/filler machine with the ...


09 JUL 2012

Send My Friend To School

Simon Hart MP is helping the junior pupils at Tremoilet VCP School in Pendine get involved in the SEND MY FRIEND TO SCHOOL CAMPAIGN. "In the year 2000, world leaders agreed to try to get all children into school by 2015," explains teacher Marina Howells. "In the last year the campaign has hit the w...


06 JUL 2012

Simon Hart MP Learns How To Spot Cancer Early

Simon Hart MP is pictured learning how to spot cancer early with a nurse from the Cancer Research UK's Awareness Roadshow. Mr Hart said: "The Roadshow is all about the steps people can take to reduce their risk of cancer and the importance of spotting it early. "My mother has survived bowel cancer...


06 JUL 2012

Simon Hart MP Welcomes New Abuse Laws

Simon Hart, MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire has welcomed a new law which closes a legal loophole exploited by those accused of abusing children or vulnerable adults. Some people accused of seriously abusing children or vulnerable adults have tried to escape justice by staying silent ...


05 JUL 2012

Queen's Dragoon Guards

Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart has welcomed the news that The Queen's Dragoon Guards The Welsh Cavalry is set to continue in its entirety. "I met members of the regiment in Westminster recently with fellow Welsh MP Alan Cairns when they came to lobby for their future and I am...


29 JUN 2012

Surprise For The Ladies Of Pembroke Inner Wheel

'ELLO, 'ELLO, 'ELLO The ladies of Pembroke Inner Wheel had a surprise on a recent trip to Westminster when their President's son turned up to say 'ello. Nicholas Vanner is in the Metropolitan Police and has been working the Palace of Westminster beat for the past nine months. His mother Monica, ...


26 JUN 2012

3p Fuel Duty Rise Postponed

Commenting on the news that the government has announced it will postpone its 3p-a-litre rise in fuel duty until January next year, local MP Simon Hart said: "I am delighted to hear that this price rise won't now go ahead in August as planned. It follows a private meeting that I had with the Chance...


21 JUN 2012

MP Helps Launch Cage Cricket At Houses Of Parliament

Local MP Simon Hart has helped cricket legend Sir Ian Botham launch a new type of cricket aimed at getting more people to play the sport. "Cage Cricket" is fast and furious and designed to be played in a confined space with minimal equipment. Mr Hart, a keen cricketer who kept wicket for Cressel...


20 JUN 2012

Electrification Of Welsh Train Line Will Cost Less Than Spend On Single Tube Station, Says MP

The electrification of the South Wales railway line will cost less than what's being spent on a single Underground station, Simon Hart MP has pointed out in Prime Minister's Questions. The Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire MP is keeping pressure on the Government to electrify the South Wales ...


20 JUN 2012

MP Congratulates Young Film-Makers

Castle School Year 8 students have been rewarded for their hard work and creativity in a competition run by Parliament's Education Service. South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart visited the school recently to present certificates of achievement signed by top movie producer David Puttnam, now a member o...


14 JUN 2012

Scouting Out The Terrace

Carmarthenshire Scouts Ffion Wyn Jones, Huw Butterworth and Sean Williams of 5th Carmarthen Scouts are pictured on the Terrace of the House of Commons with local MP Simon Hart. The Scouts are all in year seven at Ysgol Bro Myrddin and were in Westminster along with 150 Scouts and volunteer Scout le...


14 JUN 2012

Simon Hart Urges Local Residents To Track Crime Outcomes On Police.uk

Local MP Simon Hart has welcomed a new online tool which for the first time means local people can track what happened after a crime was committed in Pembrokeshire. In the next stage of development of the groundbreaking website Police.uk, local residents will not only be able to access street level...


01 JUN 2012

MP Welcomes Free Financial Health Check From The Money Advice Service

Simon Hart MP has welcomed a new facility provided by the Money Advice Service's to give local residents a free financial health check. The Money Advice Service is a free, independent service, established by government and funded by a levy on the financial services industry and is available to ever...


31 MAY 2012

Simon Hart MP Pledges Support For RNIB SOS Campaign

Simon Hart MP is helping the RNIB to highlight the timebomb of unnecessary sight loss. There are around two million people in the UK with sight problems, however 50 per cent of sight loss is avoidable. The RNIB has now launched a health campaign called Save Our Sight (SOS) to promote the importance...


31 MAY 2012

MP: Victims Of Anti-Social Behaviour Should Not Be Forced To Suffer In Silence

Local MP Simon Hart has welcomed new powers to tackle the scourge of anti-social behaviour (ASB). The Government has published new plans to ensure victims of anti-social behaviour should have crimes they report acted on immediately. Complex red tape will be trimmed to give police and other local a...


30 MAY 2012

Victory For Local MP As Government Listens To Concerns About VAT Increase On Static Caravans

Local caravan site owners and MP Simon Hart are celebrating after the Government decided to scrap plans for a 20% hike in VAT on vans in October. Following strong opposition from caravan site owners and sellers in Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and from their own MPs including Mr Hart, the increase...


25 MAY 2012

Regeneration Of Pembroke “Top Priority” Says MP

Local MP Simon Hart is working with Pembroke traders to try to breathe new life into the historic town. Mr Hart was invited by concerned local businesses to help with issues surrounding derelict properties and a lack of signage and inward investment. "Pembroke is the most beautiful town and has ...


24 MAY 2012

MP Hands Over Three Petitions From Local Caravan Sites Protesting At “Caravan Tax”

Several hundred residents of caravan sites in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire have signed petitions calling for the so called "caravan tax" to be scrapped. Local MP Simon Hart handed the petitions to the clerk to the House of Commons during parliamentary business on Wednesday night. "The signa...


18 MAY 2012

MP Welcomes New Police Powers

LOCAL MP Simon Hart has welcomed new Government action to give Dyfed Powys Police the power to prosecute up to 50 per cent of magistrates' court cases. The red tape-cutting move will mean thousands of cases can be taken through the courts by officers, saving time and money and meaning a quicker res...


18 MAY 2012

Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme

ARMY AID: Local MP Simon Hart is pictured sitting in a 40 million Apache helicopter during a tour of the Army Air Corps headquarters at Andover. Mr Hart is taking part in the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme which aims to teach MPs about the workings of the British military services. "It was a...


18 MAY 2012

MP Backs Calls For Responsible Dog Ownership

Local MP Simon Hart has joined Dogs Trust in calling for action to tackle irresponsible dog ownership. The Trust's "Taking the Lead" campaign aims to help reduce problems associated with irresponsible dog ownership by encouraging better training, neutering and the microchipping of dogs. Mr Hart,...


18 MAY 2012

MP Welcomes Enterprise Zone Announcement

South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart has welcomed news that the Milford Haven Waterway has been made an Enterprise Zone. "The waterway is an incredibly important area of economic activity, particularly in the energy sector, and it is fitting that its strategic importance has been recognised. "Howev...


13 MAY 2012

VAT On Caravans Would Be Blow To Tourism, Says MP

Pembrokeshire's tourism business would be hit if a tough tax increase on the sale of static caravans is introduced later this year, says local MP Simon Hart. The Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire MP has been lobbying the Treasury to change the Budget proposal to charge VAT on the static vans....


04 MAY 2012

Business Sense

Award-winning entrepreneur Jack Lear from Manorbier is pictured at Westminster with his MP Simon Hart. Mr Hart invited the young businessman to London to hear Treasury questions in the House of Commons chamber. The former Greenhill School pupil left school last year and is already selling his all-...


02 MAY 2012

Democracy Challenge

Members of the 5th Carmarthen Scout Troop have been finding out about the democratic processes that affect their everyday lives with a little help from their MP Simon Hart. The study was done as part of the scouts gaining their Democracy Challenge badge. The scouts have taken part in regular tal...


30 APR 2012

Chaos Reigns Over Badger Vaccine Plan In Wales, Says MP

The plan to vaccinate badgers in Pembrokeshire against TB is fatally flawed and won't work, says South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart. Mr Hart has been given conflicting information from Westminster and Cardiff Bay Governments who disagree on how effective the vaccination programme will be. "I have...


29 APR 2012

Pembrokeshire Family Firms Face Struggle To Get Payment From Power Station Subcontractor

Pembrokeshire family firms left out of pocket by an Italian subcontractor on the Pembroke Power Station build are facing an ongoing struggle to get paid, says local MP Simon Hart. Mr Hart was contacted by a number of small firms after SOMi Impiante, one of the subcontractors on the project, left th...


28 APR 2012

Local MP Helps Autistic Society Find Answers

People with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) have lobbied local MP Simon Hart to help them get the right support for and a greater understanding of the condition. Mr Hart met the local branch of the National Autistic Society (NAS) Cymru (pictured) and has now submitted a list of questions to Pembr...


23 APR 2012

Kilgetty Caravan Site Scoops Top Honours

A Kilgetty caravan site has scooped a top award in a national competition run by the Caravan Club. Bruce and Ann Regimbal run Hillcroft Certificated Location (CL) in Hill Lane, Kilgetty. There are 2,500 Caravan Club CLs across the UK - small, informal caravan sites that take a maximum of five carav...


22 APR 2012

Reality Of Rural Life In Pembrokeshire Spelt Out For MPs

The high cost of petrol, battling with National Park planners and poor broadband and mobile phone signals were just some of the stark realities of life in rural Pembrokeshire that was highlighted by local MP Simon Hart in a special House of Commons debate. The Westminster Hall debate which was tabl...


20 APR 2012

Simon Hart MP Hosts Budget Meeting For Pensioners

Simon Hart MP has hosted a special meeting for pensioners which gave them the chance to discover how the Budget affected them. Pensioners from both Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire attended the meeting at Whitland Memorial Hall. "There was a lot of feedback after the Budget and I wanted to give...


06 APR 2012

Simon Hart MP Speaks At Inaugural Welsh Focus Conference

Simon Hart MP is pictured speaking at the Welsh Focus inaugural conference which took place in Narberth this week. Mr Hart spoke on the subject of benefits and in particular the Universal Credit which is being introduced shortly. About 70 people attended the conference at the Plas Hyfryd Hotel w...


05 APR 2012

West Williamston Through To Next Stage For New Mobile Phone Technology

Villagers in West Williamston are celebrating after winning through to a shortlist of communities being considered to host exciting new mobile phone technology. Residents in West Williamston got in touch when local MP Simon Hart asked for villages with poor phone signals to take part in the Vodafon...


02 APR 2012

“All Change” For Whitland Railway Station

It looks like "All change" at Whitland's railway station with the eyesore building possibly being demolished or brought back into use. The building has stood empty for more than a decade and is slowly rotting away, creating an ugly gateway to the town. Local MP Simon Hart has now met Network Rai...


31 MAR 2012

Vital Questions On Badger Cull Alternative Must Be Answered

Vital questions about the proposed badger vaccination programme must be answered by the Welsh Assembly Government, says local MP Simon Hart. The Labour administration in Cardiff Bay has decided to abandon a planned trial cull of badgers in North Pembrokeshire. But Mr Hart says important question...


27 MAR 2012

Conservatives Launch Bid For County Council Seats On May 3rd

The Conservative Party in Pembrokeshire is fielding its strongest ever team of candidates for county council elections on May 3rd. So far 25 candidates, pictured with local Conservative MPs Simon Hart and Stephen Crabb and AM Angela Burns at Haverfordwest's County Hall, have got their nomination pa...


26 MAR 2012

Chance For Pensioners To Tackle Their MP On Budget Changes

Simon Hart MP is holding a special open meeting for pensioners so they can find out how the budget affects them. The meeting is open to anyone of pension age or nearing it. "There has been a lot of misinformation about the changes being brought in and I'd like to explain things in more detail than...


23 MAR 2012

Simon Hart Wins Prime Minister’s Pledge To Help Wales Air Ambulance Boost Coffers

David Cameron has pledged to help local MP Simon Hart make it easier for the Wales Air Ambulance to raise more money. Mr Hart told the Prime Minister at his weekly Question Time that Air Ambulances need to raise 5 million a year but can only claim Gift Aid on about 5% of that money. "My research ...


23 MAR 2012

Olympic Torch

OLYMPIC DREAMS: Local MP Simon Hart MP got the chance to hold the Olympic Torch to find out just what local torchbearers will be getting to grips with on May 27th. The detailed route that the torch will take through Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire on that day has been just been announced and you ...


22 MAR 2012

Simon Hart MP Praises Foreign Office Following Safe Release Of Llansteffan Journalist

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has been praised by local MP Simon Hart for the way in which it kept a seized Carmarthenshire journalist's family informed at all times during the crisis. Speaking in a Westminster Hall debate on the safety of journalists abroad, Mr Hart said that the way i...


22 MAR 2012

Budget Comments

Commenting on the budget, local MP Simon Hart said: "This is a budget that rewards working families in our County, I was delighted to see the largest increase in the personal tax allowance for 30 years. Because of this change, 42,000 people in Wales will no longer pay income tax. Overall we will ha...


18 MAR 2012

Pembrokeshire People First

PEMBROKESHIRE People First Simon Hart MP is pictured at the new headquarters of the learning disabilities advocacy group with Adam Benson-Davies, Campaigns Officer; Chairman Lucy Hinksman and Sophie Hinksman, External Affairs Officer. Mr Hart was shown around their new office in Merlin's Bridge a...


16 MAR 2012

Importance Of Work Experience Outlined In Commons By MP

Doing work experience is the ultimate job interview, says local MP Simon Hart. He was welcoming a Government initiative called the Youth Contract which is creating 250,000 extra work experience places UK wide over the next three years. The Department of Work and Pensions reports that 50 per cent...


16 MAR 2012

MP Bids To Stop Daily Dice With Death At Pembroke Castle Barrage

Urgent action needs to be taken to stop children dicing with death by inching along the outside of a Pembroke footbridge over a 30 foot drop, says local MP Simon Hart. The youngsters regularly take the shortcut at the Castle Barrage at Pembroke Millpond; first skirting along the bridge and then wal...


08 MAR 2012

Campaign For Fairer Deal For Disabled On VAT Wins Vital Boost

A campaign by a Pembroke great-grandmother and local MP Simon Hart for a fairer deal for disabled people has been given a vital boost. Val Jones from Angle discovered that people who are disabled or chronically ill are regularly paying too much for goods in chemists because they don't know their ri...


06 MAR 2012

Local MP Visits Expanding Local Tech Company

"ALAS poor Yorrick" - Simon Hart MP is pictured with Ivan Reedman, Managing Director of Torquing Group and Anna Dietrich, Operations Director, and their office skeleton Yorrick. The company, which employs five people at the Bridge Innovation Centre in Pembroke Dock, works in robotics which is when ...


29 FEB 2012

Importance Of Rural Banks Spelled Out At Westminster

The vital role played in Pembrokeshire by high street banks in rural areas has been spelled out in Westminster by local MP Simon Hart. With such poor broadband coverage, many in the county are not able to internet bank and have little option but to use their local branch. Taking part in a Westmi...


24 FEB 2012

MP Investigates After Potato Trolley Used To Help Get Farmer To Hospital

Facing a seven-hour wait for paramedics to get her to hospital after breaking her leg, 63-year-old farmer Janet Gladwin had little option. She'd have to make it to Withybush under her own steam. But how was she to travel down the 25ft garden path to her friend's car? With no wheelchair, the only ...


12 FEB 2012

Co-responder Petition Reveals Strength Of Support For Vital Service

An overwhelming 70% of Narberth residents surveyed have signed a petition to safeguard Narberth's life saving Co-responder Service. Local campaigner Di Clements has collected nearly 600 responses from the 900 households that she visited for support for the Retained Firefighter's petition. "The r...


10 FEB 2012

MP Welcomes Fresh Look At Danger Junction

The layout of a dangerous road junction near Pembroke where two people have died is to be reviewed by transport bosses. Simon Hart MP has welcomed the news that South Wales Trunk Roads Agency (SWTRA) is to look again at the safety of the Nash Fingerpost junction the turning for Pembroke off the A...


04 FEB 2012

Youngsters Urged To Enter Parliamentary Film Competition

If you could make any new law what would it be? A tax on sugar? Scrapping the Severn Crossing toll? Local MP Simon Hart is calling on Carmarthenshire students to get their thinking caps on and imagine what new legislation they would pass if they could. He's encouraging youngsters in the county to ...


04 FEB 2012

Simon Hart MP Welcomes Upgrade Of Police.uk Website

Local MP Simon Hart has welcomed the upgrade to the website police.uk which now gives the public an even more detailed picture of crime and anti-social behaviour in Pembrokeshire. The website now includes incidents of crime and antisocial behaviour recorded at all train stations and railway network...


03 FEB 2012

Simon Hart MP Supports Soroptimists In The Fight Against Human Trafficking

Simon Hart is supporting Soroptimists International (SI) Tenby in the battle against human trafficking and slavery. Four members of SI Tenby gave Mr Hart an overview of the extent of slavery, grooming, trafficking and female genital mutilation going on in the UK and told him about SI Tenby's ongoin...


01 FEB 2012

Haven Waterway Enterprize Zone

Reacting to the news that Pembrokeshire could be the site of a new Enterprize Zone, Local MP Simon Hart said: "I am delighted to hear that Pembrokeshire could become one of Wales's new Enterprize Zones, no others exist in the west and creating one based around the Milford Haven Waterway makes good ...


28 JAN 2012

Vital Boost To Broadband Speeds In Tenby Welcomed By MP

Simon Hart MP has welcomed the news that more homes and businesses in and around Tenby are going to have faster broadband. BT has announced that the Tenby exchange is being upgraded with copper lines which will create download speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) more than double the spe...


27 JAN 2012

Simon Hart MP: Securing The Future Of Our Post Offices In Pembrokeshire

Simon Hart MP has welcomed the news of a 10-year deal between Royal Mail and the Post Office, which will secure the future of services in Pembrokeshire without resorting to the failed closures programme which dominated Labour's time in government. The deal follows the Government's other measures to...


27 JAN 2012

Simon Hart MP Champions Branson Youth Employment Initiative

With the latest unemployment figures showing nearly one in four young people out of work, Simon Hart MP is backing a campaign for greater support for the area's budding entrepreneurs. Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Media's Pioneers met with Mr Hart this week to discuss the idea of creating a Youth ...


27 JAN 2012

MIU Closure Statement

Speaking after attending the Local Health Board's public meeting in Carmarthen yesterday, local MP Simon Hart said: "The Chairman of the Health Board was clear - the units will reopen on April 1st. This is a great achievement for the local campaigners. Mr Martin also apologised that communications h...


20 JAN 2012

Value Of Narberth’s Co-Responder Service Discussed With Prime Minister

Prime Minister David Cameron has been briefed on the value of Narberth's Co-responder unit by local MP Simon Hart. Mr Hart was in Downing Street as part of a special meeting to discuss services in rural areas. "It was an opportunity for those of us who represent rural seats to raise the special co...


20 JAN 2012

Local Mp Urges Npower To Talks Table Over Subcontractors Dispute

Simon Hart MP is urging RWE nPower to hold talks with local subcontractors left tens of thousands of pounds out of pocket after a payment dispute at the new power station. Small county companies were unpaid by Italian company SOMI Impianti after a dispute between SOMI and Alstom the main contract...


19 JAN 2012

Tenby’s Double Whammy Of National Park Planning Rules And Low Season Rates Bill Spelled Out In Commons

Tenby's double whammy of strict National Park planning rules and high business rates during quiet winter months has been highlighted in the House of Commons by local MP Simon Hart. Mr Hart was taking part in a debate about the future of the High Street and he took the opportunity to highlight the d...


12 JAN 2012

“Sign The Petition To Safeguard Life-Saving Co-Responder Service”

A petition has been launched to safeguard Narberth's life saving Co-responder Service. The service is an emergency vehicle manned by trained firefighters which provides a rapid response to 999 calls. In rural areas the Co-responders often preserve lives until the arrival of a fully equipped ambulan...


12 JAN 2012

Simon Hart Mp Welcomes Improved Rural Mobile Coverage In South West Wales

Rural south west Wales is in line to get improved mobile phone coverage thanks to a long running parliamentary campaign backed by local MP Simon Hart. OFCOM has announced proposals to increase broadband coverage to an estimated 98% of the UK population. This has left up to six million people, ma...


23 DEC 2011

MP Helps Launch Petition Against Minor Injury Unit Closures

South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart is pictured helping to launch a petition calling for the Minor Injury Units (MIUs) in Tenby and Pembroke Dock to stay open. Also pictured (l to r) is Pembroke Town Councillor Aaron Carey who started the petition, Sue Patterson-Jones, chairman of the Friends of Sout...


22 DEC 2011

MP’s Campaign To Tighten Up FOI Act Gathers Pace

Local MP Simon Hart has won parliamentary support for his campaign to tighten up the use of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act. He has highlighted the fact that Dyfed-Powys Police spends on average 100,000 and thousands of man hours a year answering FOI requests. Some of the questions related...


15 DEC 2011

Vital Economic Role Played By West Wales Zoos Outlined In Parliament

The vital economic role played by Folly Farm and Manor House Park have been highlighted in Parliament by local MP Simon Hart. Speaking in a debate on the importance of zoos, Mr Hart said that progressive zoos were important not only for conservation and education, but for job creation and job stabi...


15 DEC 2011

Simon Hart MP Attends Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Annual Lunch

Simon Hart MP is pictured with Delyth Davies, chairman of the West Wales branch of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, at their annual lunch at the Boars Head Hotel in Carmarthen. Mr Hart was the guest speaker at the event which attracted surveyors from all over west Wales. "We are the m...


11 DEC 2011

MP Seeks Assurance That Town’s Last Bank Will Stay Open

Local MP Simon Hart is seeking reassurance that Whitland's last bank will stay open after its hours were cut by 80%. Mr Hart, whose constituency office is in the town, has had a number of local residents and businesses get in touch with him to oppose the plans. "The bank is closing its doors fou...


11 DEC 2011

MP Fears Closure Of Minor Injuries Unit Will Lead To Increased Waiting Times And Stress On Busy Seaside Town

Local MP Simon Hart fears that the closure of the Minor Injuries Units in Tenby and Pembroke Dock will lead to greater waiting times at Withybush A&E. He is also worried that Tenby, which sees in influx of 45,000 visitors in the summer months, will struggle to cope without the unit at its Cotta...


09 DEC 2011

Simon Hart MP Expresses Concerns Over “Frivolous” FOI Requests To Dyfed Powys Force

Frivolous Freedom Of Information (FOI) requests to Dyfed-Powys Police such as wanting to know the star signs of criminals are costing a fortune and wasting police time, says Simon Hart MP. An investigation by his office has revealed that police spent 240 hours dealing with requests at a cost of nea...


30 NOV 2011

Simon Hart MP Welcomes The Commitment To Rural Communities Shown In The Autumn Statement

Simon Hart MP has welcomed the commitment to rural communities shown in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement. Improvements in transport and communications infrastructure and boosts for small businesses will give a boost to Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, says Mr Hart. "The Government's new...


28 NOV 2011

Simon Hart MP Reveals That One Post Mortem A Day Carried Out At Animal Health Lab

Carmarthen's animal health lab has carried out one post mortem a day for the past year, local MP Simon Hart can reveal. The figure, revealed under the Freedom of Information request, shows that 101 calves and 51 cattle were among the animals tested at the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories A...


28 NOV 2011

Simon Hart MP Visits Welsh Troops In Afghanistan

Simon Hart has spent a weekend at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan as part of a fact finding mission to learn more about the work of our Armed Forces and the Afghan National Army. Whilst there he met soldiers from south west Wales serving with the Queen's Dragoon Guards (pictured) who had sadly had two ...


24 NOV 2011

Simon Hart MP At Opening Of B&Q In Pembroke Dock

Simon Hart MP is pictured at the recent opening of B&Q Pembroke Dock - the store has taken over the site of the old Focus DIY chain and is employing 35 staff some old and some new. Also pictured with B&Q staff and store manager Brett Jones is mayor of Pembroke Dock Andrew McNaughton. M...


23 NOV 2011

Milford Haven Coastguard

Commenting on the news that Milford Haven Coastguard has been confirmed as safe from closure, South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart said: "I am delighted that the Government has confirmed that Milford Haven will remain open and continue servicing our community. This is a reflection of the very sensible...


11 NOV 2011

Council Use Of Private Eyes Reviewed After MP Reveals £100,000 Cost In Three Years

The use of private detectives by Carmarthenshire County Council is to be reviewed after local MP Simon Hart revealed the council had spent 100,000 on their services in the past three years. Mr Hart questioned the cost after a woman in Devon was visited by a private eye working for the council who ...


10 NOV 2011

Simon Hart MP On Hunt For Mobile Phone “Not Spot” Village To Bid For New Technology

Simon Hart MP is on the lookout for a mobile phone signal "not spot" in Carmarthenshire willing to host exciting new technology to get it out of a communications black hole. Vodafone has come up with innovative "femto" technology which brings guaranteed mobile broadband signal to rural communities ...


10 NOV 2011

Power Station Permit Quote

Commenting on the news that Pembroke Power Station has been granted a licence to operate by the Environment Agency local MP Simon Hart said: "I am delighted that at long last this final hurdle has been cleared. Whilst it was important that the Power Station met all the environmental standards, any f...


08 NOV 2011

Simon Hart MP Gets Behind The Scenes Look At Work Of Castlemartin Army Range On Eve Of Remembrance Day

Simon Hart MP is pictured in a Challenger tank with a member of the 1st Royal Tank Regiment during a behind-the-scenes tour of Castlemartin Army Range. The trip was part of his work with the Armed Forces Parliamentary Service which aims to give MPs an insight of life in the Forces. "The range is...


04 NOV 2011

Whitland Success Story

Simon Hart MP is pictured with members of the PE department from Whitland's Ysgol Dyffryn Taf - winners of the Outstanding Team of the Year award at the teaching "Oscars." Pictured outside the House of Commons with Mr Hart is (l to r) headteacher Robert Newsome and Dylan Blain and Graham Evans from...


01 NOV 2011

Local Speech And Language Therapists Take Their Message To Westminster

Local MP Simon Hart met with Pembrokeshire speech and language therapists Pip Large, Surrey Hartshorn at Parliament recently to learn more about what they do to help people with communication needs. Surrey and Pip joined over 200 speech and language therapists from around the UK as they travelled t...


28 OCT 2011

£3.8 Million Pembroke Dock Success Story

Simon Hart MP is pictured with Kevin Lewis, Managing Director of Pembroke Dock boat builders Mustang Marine. They are pictured with one of the company's biggest ever export orders a 3.8 million pilot vessel Nadoha II ordered by Kenya Ports Authority and which will be shipped to Mombassa. Mr L...


26 OCT 2011

Simon Hart MP “Clubs Together” With Cricket Legend Mike Gatting For Grassroots Sport

Simon Hart MP is pictured with former England cricket captain Mike Gatting at an event held in the House of Commons to support the role of community sports groups and clubs. The event was organised by the Sport and Recreation Alliance, the umbrella organisation for the governing bodies of sport. ...


25 OCT 2011

SIMON HART MP Welcomes Prime Minister’s Commitment To ‘Get A Grip On Immigration’

Simon Hart MP has welcomed the Prime Minister's commitment to 'get a grip on immigration into our country'. The Prime Minister argued that Britain should 'attract the brightest and the best', as well as 'foreign investors and entrepreneurs' to come here. He said that Britain had 'been enriched by t...


20 OCT 2011

Plight Of Pembrokeshire Farmer Raised In House Of Commons Debate On Bovine TB

The human cost of the mass slaughter of cattle due to bovine TB must not be forgotten, says Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart. Speaking in a House of Commons debate on the subject, Mr Hart, spoke about a local farming family who had to shoot their in-calf heifers on their yard b...


12 OCT 2011

Number’s Up: Local MP Takes Part In MS Challenge

The spotlight was on Simon Hart, MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, at last week's Conservative Party conference in Manchester, as he took part in the 'Can you beat the MS lottery' challenge. The interactive challenge, which was designed by the MS Society, tests politicians' knowledge ...


06 OCT 2011

Kilgetty Lovespoon Workshop Wins Made By Britain Map Nomination

A family-run craft firm from Kilgetty has won a spot in a nationwide hunt for the best of British manufacturing. The Lovespoon Workshop in Cold Inn near Kilgetty has been included in the prestigious "Made by Britain" map after being nominated by local MP Simon Hart. Kerry Thomas has been making ...


20 SEP 2011

Transport Secretary Pledges to look into Whitland Station Situation

Secretary of State for Transport Phillip Hammond has pledged to look into the state of Whitland station after the topic was raised in the House of Commons by local MP Simon Hart. The station building, which has been closed for 20 years, is slowly rotting away while the station itself remains a busy...


02 SEP 2011

Don’t Miss The Deadline In Hunt For Product Made Or Designed Locally

Simon Hart MP is reminding local businesses to be on the lookout for a locally made or designed product for inclusion in a prestigious manufacturing project. Last week Mr Hart announced the search after being invited by Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills to nominate ...


01 SEP 2011

Campaign To Scrap Vat On Disabled Goods Launched By MP

Campaigning pensioner Val Jones from Pembroke has teamed up with her local MP to ensure that disabled people aren't paying too much VAT. The determined great grandmother from Angle was angry when she discovered that people who are disabled are regularly paying too much for goods because they don't ...


26 AUG 2011

Town Traders, MP And Councillor Call For Eyesore Station Spruce Up

Whitland's eyesore railway station should be spruced up or knocked down, says the town's traders, MP and county councillor. They have come together to try to get the rotting building spruced up and if that's not an option then it should be flattened completely, they say. The station buildings we...


25 AUG 2011

Simon Hart MP Calls For Help In Hunt For Product Made Or Designed Locally

Simon Hart MP is on the lookout for a product made or designed in his constituency for inclusion in a prestigious manufacturing project. Mr Hart has been invited by Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills to nominate a product that is designed or made in Carmarthen West a...


29 JUL 2011

Urgent Questions Asked By MP Following Ragworm Farm Closure

Local MP Simon Hart MP has expressed his regret that a ragworm farm on Laugharne Marshes that employed up to ten people has gone into liquidation. And he says that the Welsh Assembly Government now has tough questions to answer about what happened to the 1.03 million of public money that was pumpe...


29 JUL 2011

MP Kept Up To Date With Farmer’s Issues

The issue of "super dairies" was just one of a number of topics raised by NFU members when they met local MP Simon Hart at a recent farm talk. Mr Hart was the guest of David James, NFU Pembrokeshire County Chairman, at his farm in Loveston. They were joined by a number of local NFU members who t...


20 JUL 2011

Simon Hart Welcomes PFI Savings Of £1.5 Billion

Local MP Simon Hart today welcomed tough action announced by the Government to save more than 1.5 billion from the Private Finance Initiative (PFI). Importantly all of the money saved will go to PFI schemes such as Pembroke Dock Community School. In a Written Ministerial Statement delivered to ...


20 JUL 2011

MP’s Bid For Award For Potter Beach

Local MP Simon Hart is making a bid for Pembrokeshire to get special recognition for the starring role it has played in the latest Harry Potter blockbuster. Freshwater West beach features prominently in both parts of the final instalment of the film franchise, the most recent of which broke all box...


15 JUL 2011

Superfast Broadband On Its Way To Pembrokeshire?

Superfast broadband could soon be on its way to Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire thanks to a 57 million Government grant. Local MP Simon Hart has welcomed the announcement that Wales is to get a 56.93 million hand out to help it improve broadband speeds. "Unfortunately our area is one of the ...


15 JUL 2011

Tributes Paid To Successful Coastguard Campaign

The Save Milford Haven Coastguard Campaign has been praised in Parliament by Secretary of State for Transport Philip Hammond after winning its battle to prevent the station from closure. Responding to a question from South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart, Mr Hammond agreed that the Campaign should b...


13 JUL 2011

Cheque Quote

Simon Hart MP has welcomed the news that South Pembrokeshire residents will be able to keep on writing cheques for as long as they need to. Speaking after a decision by the UK Payments Council to abandon a proposal to scrap cheques in 2018, Mr Hart said: "I am very pleased to hear that common se...


08 JUL 2011

Pembroke Dock Focus Store Quote

South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart has welcomed the news that jobs at Pembroke Dock's former Focus DIY warehouse have been safeguarded after the go ahead was given to B&Q to take over the ailing store. "The proposed takeover by B&Q had to be approved by the Office of Fair Trading and I hel...


28 JUN 2011

Paul Davies AM Attends Breathes Easy Event

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently attended the British Lung Foundation's "Breathe Easy" event at the National Assembly for Wales, to learn more about lung disease across Wales and to meet patients of lung disease from all parts of the country. The British Lung Foundation used the event ...


28 JUN 2011

WG Admits Own Policy Driving Up NHS Waiting Lists

The Welsh Labour Government has admitted that its own policies are forcing up NHS waiting lists. Welsh Conservatives have obtained a copy of a letter from the Welsh Labour Government, which confirms that "following the One Wales commitment to reduce the use of the private sector, and the repatriati...


27 JUN 2011

Armed Forces Day Raises Awareness Of Contribution Of HM Forces

Local MP Simon Hart has taken part in a special service to mark Armed Forces Day in Pembroke Dock. The event at the Garrison Chapel in the Dockyard was organised by Pembroke and Pembroke Dock Town Councils to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have...


27 JUN 2011

Simon Hart Joins David Cameron In Encouraging Local Entrepreneurs To Enter Conservative Start-Up Competition

Simon Hart MP has joined Prime Minister David Cameron in giving his backing to a new competition aimed at giving budding entrepreneurs in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire a unique opportunity to showcase their ideas and designs in front of thousands of visitors as part of this year's Conservative P...


21 JUN 2011

MP Learns About Falklands Conflict On South Atlantic Visit

Local MP Simon Hart has spent a week in the Falkland Islands learning more about the Army and Navy operations that keep the islands safe. Whilst there he met a sailor from Pembrokeshire who is a part of the active operation that continues almost three decades after the conflict. He also took par...


17 JUN 2011

Whitland Visit

Secretary of State for Wales Cheryl Gillan is pictured with Simon Hart MP during a flying visit to Whitland. They are pictured outside Cafe Culture on St John's Street with owner Barir Eydan and chef Richard Brenchley after enjoying lunch there. Ms Gillan later tweeted: "Olives and feta in home ...


15 JUN 2011

MP Backs Landlady’s Plans To Be On Tap And On Line

A Whitland pub landlady has launched a bid to get everyone in her town on line. Sue Adams of The Station House Hotel has become a local digital champion after reading about Race for 2012 a Government campaign aimed at getting everyone on line by the end of next year. "I read about this scheme ...


15 JUN 2011

Local MP Celebrates Double Parking Victory

Parking has just got a bit easier for Saundersfoot shoppers and Pembrokeshire's carers, thanks to a little help from local MP Simon Hart. Traders in the town got in touch with the MP to tell him that stricter enforcement of parking rules meant that shoppers were being driven away from the village. ...


09 JUN 2011

Prime Minister Expresses Sympathy For Blast Victims

Prime Minister David Cameron has expressed his deepest sympathies for the families of those killed in the Chevron blast last week. In response to a question from local MP Simon Hart, Mr Cameron called it a "tragic incident" and paid tribute to the local community. Mr Hart asked Mr Cameron at tod...


08 JUN 2011

Pembroke Pupils Get Taste Of Parliament

FROM PEMBROKE TO PARLIAMENT - Pupils from Monkton Priory CP School are pictured with local MP Simon Hart on a visit to Parliament. The 16 Year Six pupils were given a guided tour of the Palace of Westminster before taking part in a workshop on elections run by Parliament's Education Service. "We...


03 JUN 2011

Chevron Comment

South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart said: "My thoughts are with the bereaved families and those who are injured. For four people to die in one industrial accident in Pembrokeshire or anywhere else is shocking. We live alongside these industrial giants that provide so much work for the county and few ...


22 MAY 2011

Dry Spell Equals Hard Times Ahead For Dairy Farmers Warns Local MP

The extremely dry start to the year could have a severe knock-on effect for the dairy farmers of west Wales, local MP Simon Hart is warning. Speaking in a House of Commons debate, Mr Hart said that the lack of rain is going to make feed prices high later in the year. "The debate had been brought...


13 MAY 2011

Local MP Gets Into The Olympic Spirit

Local MP Simon Hart is getting into the Olympic spirit after a visit to the Games' venue and is thrilled to hear that Carmarthenshire residents and schools are already doing the same. "I recently had a fascinating tour of the Olympic Park, a lot of the venues are already built and the main stadium ...


06 MAY 2011

Pembrokeshire’s Healthy School Meals Praised In Parliament

Healthy school meals provided by Pembrokeshire County Council have been praised in Parliament by local MP Simon Hart. Speaking in a debate about childhood obesity, Mr Hart highlighted the benefits of the daily cooked meals provided by the county council. "Pembrokeshire County Council has a fanta...


05 MAY 2011

Job Issues

Local MP Simon Hart is pictured with representatives from Unite the Union, the GMB Union and contractor representatives from the Engineering Construction contractors working on the new Pembroke CCGT Power Station. They met to discuss employment issues surrounding the 1 billion, three-year project ...


24 APR 2011

MP Gets To Grips With Army Tank

Simon Hart MP is pictured with the Challenger (ii) tank used by British Forces on a visit to the Headquarters of the Royal Armoured Corps in Bovington, Dorset. Mr Hart is taking part in the Armed Forces Parliamentary Group scheme which aims to give MPs an insight into what life is like for their co...


20 APR 2011

Growing In Esteam

A unique environmental project near Pembroke that gives day service users a taste of outdoor life has been visited by local MP Simon Hart. Participants at the Esteam environmental sustainability project based at The Warren help to run a native tree nursery, grow vegetables, repair tools, make furni...


12 APR 2011

New Healthcare Campus Welcomed

Tenby MP Simon Hart has welcomed the news that a "healthcare campus" looks set for the edge of town. Plans to extend Park House Court Nursing Home with an extra 132 mixed tenure units for the over 55s and communal facilities were approved a few weeks ago. But they now have to go to full counci...


10 APR 2011

Simon Hart MP Keeps Eye On “Illegal” Tenby Development

Two-foot trenches have been dug, water pipes laid and septic tanks installed on the greenfield site near St Florence. Simon Hart MP is keeping a close eye on what is feared to be an illegal gypsy encampment springing up near Tenby. Mr Hart has been to the site twice after worried local residents...


08 APR 2011

MP Praises Police Approach To Budget Challenges

Local MP Simon Hart has paid tribute in the House of Commons to the way Dyfed-Powys Police Force is dealing with budget challenges. Speaking in a debate on the Police Reform Bill, Mr Hart said that the force was looking into a different way of doing things in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire. "...


01 APR 2011

MP Joins Climate Change Crusaders At Tavernspite School

The finale of a week of Climate Change events held at Tavernspite School was a poster competition judged by local MP Simon Hart. The whole school got involved in a series of events to mark the special week including taking part in energy workshops, listening to assembly led by Tim Brew from West Wa...


29 MAR 2011

Simon Hart Launches New Garden Leaflet

Officers and staff were pleased to see South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart last Friday at Stackpole Mencap Gardens. Simon has joined Stephen Crabb MP as Joint Patron of the Society, and took a great interest in current and future plans for the Gardens, including the plans for a new shop, caf and offi...


25 MAR 2011

Simon Hart MP Takes Case For Milford Haven Coastguard To Westminster

Local MP Simon Hart has taken the case for keeping Milford Haven Coastguard to Westminster. Speaking in a Parliamentary debate on the future of the coastguard service, Mr Hart said that people in Pembrokeshire were "proud of our coastal national park and proud of the people who look after it." "...


24 MAR 2011

Simon Hart MP Welcomes Budget Support For Jobs And Growth In Pembrokeshire

Local MP Simon Hart has welcomed the Government's Budget with its support for jobs and growth in Pembrokeshire. The immediate cut in fuel duty will also help families in the county cope with the cost of living. "I'm delighted that a penny per litre has already been cut at petrol pumps across Pembr...


23 MAR 2011

Government Achievements

The Economy and Growth Began to deal with Britain's record deficit, starting this year. The Chancellor completed an in-year spending review to save 6 billion within days of taking office (Treasury Press Conference, 24 May 2010). A credible plan to eliminate the structural deficit. In the Budge...


18 MAR 2011

Lottery Roadshow Success

IT COULD BE YOU: SIMON Hart MP is pictured at a Lottery Funding roadshow that he co-hosted at the newly refurbished Whitland Memorial Hall. Also pictured is Fflur Lawton (pictured right) from the Big Lottery Fund and Suzanne Griffiths-Rees (left) from the Arts Council of Wales. They were on hand...


18 MAR 2011

“Get Tough On Grime, Tough On The Causes Of Grime” Says MP

Local MP Simon Hart has called on the Government to get "tough on grime and tough on the causes of grime" and crackdown on the use of Chinese sky lanterns. Mr Hart has been campaigning to stop the damage to crops and livestock caused by the wire frames in the lanterns. "These candle-powered lan...


18 MAR 2011

New Crime Map Reveals Nearly 200 Crimes In Carmarthen In January

Anew Government website that enables everyone to check crime levels in their neighbourhood has revealed that nearly 200 crimes took place in Carmarthen in January. Town MP Simon Hart has welcomed the transparency in policing that the new website brings. Latest figures from www.police.uk shows th...


18 MAR 2011

New Map Reveals Crime Hotspots In County

A new Government website that enables everyone to check crime levels in their neighbourhood has revealed the Pembrokeshire's crime hotspots. South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart has welcomed the transparency in policing that the new website brings. Latest figures from www.police.uk shows that there...


11 MAR 2011

Chevron Comment

South Pembrokeshire MP, Simon Hart said: "I have just received confirmation that Valero has agreed to buy the Chevron refinery at Pembroke. This is excellent news for the 600 people who work there and who have been concerned about their future since the refinery was put up for sale last March. ...


10 MAR 2011

Local MP Simon Hart Calls For Responses To Coastguard Inquiry

Local MP Simon Hart is highlighting a new House of Commons inquiry into the future of the Coastguard service. The cross-party Transport Select Committee is looking into the coastguard service as well as plans for emergency towing vessels. Mr Hart said: "The reports written by Commons Select Comm...


10 MAR 2011

Benefit Tribunals Soar By 130% In County

The number of appeals to benefit tribunals in Haverfordwest has soared by 130% in two years, local MP Simon Hart can reveal. People living in South Pembrokeshire who want to appeal against a social security decision - such as a cut in the level of their benefits - have to make a submission to a Hav...


07 MAR 2011

Pembrokeshire’s Tourism Industry Boosted By Bank Holiday Plans

Plans to lengthen the holiday season by moving a Bank Holiday have been welcomed by local MP Simon Hart. Mr Hart believes the plan to move the early May Day bank holiday to either St David's Day or a day in October will boost the all-important "shoulder season" for local tourism operators. "At t...


04 MAR 2011

Rail Electrification News Welcomed

The news that the Great Western Main Railway Line is to be electrified as far as Cardiff has been welcomed by local MP Simon Hart. The electrification, coupled with investment in new trains, will cut 20 minutes off journey times between London and West Wales. "This is great news," said Mr Hart. ...


04 MAR 2011

MP Adds Voice To Fair Fuel Campaign

Local MP Simon Hart is giving his backing to the campaign Fair Fuel UK- the national campaign for fair fuel prices in the UK led by motoring journalist Quentin Wilson. People and businesses in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire have been hit hard by sky high fuel prices. The planned April fuel...


04 MAR 2011

Can Your Charity Get Some Lottery Cash?

Can your charity or good cause get its hands on some lottery cash? Find out at a Lottery Funding roadshow that local MP Simon Hart is hosting in Whitland's Memorial Hall on Friday March 11th. The event is open to everyone and will provide a one-stop shop to find the best source of funding for yo...


15 FEB 2011

Army Recruits On Target Learns MP

Local MP Simon Hart has been watching young hopefuls hitting the target at the Army recruitment centre in Carmarthen. He spent half a day at the Army Careers Information Centre in Lammas Street learning more about what new recruits go through to join the Force. Whilst there he sat in on interviews...


11 FEB 2011

MP “Gives Voice” Over Speech Therapy Campaign

Simon Hart MP has added his voice to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy's 'Giving Voice' campaign. He attended the Oscar-nominated film 'The King's Speech' at Milford Haven's Torch Theatre with local speech and language therapists. In the film Colin Firth portrays King George VI, w...


09 FEB 2011

Residents Could Be Missing Out On Cold Weather Payments Says MP

Using temperatures recorded at coastal weather stations to trigger Cold Weather Payments could be leaving householders out in the cold, warns local MP Simon Hart. The average temperature must be below freezing on seven consecutive days for the automatic payments of 25 a week to be made. But the...


08 FEB 2011

Extend Fuel Pilot Scheme To Wales, Says Local MP

Pilot schemes to cut petrol prices by 5p a litre in rural areas should be extended to Wales, says local MP Simon Hart. The "derogation scheme" to cut fuel duty cut by 5p a litre is being looked at for the Northern Isles, the Inner and Outer Hebrides and the Scilly Isles. In an opposition debate ...


07 FEB 2011

Scrap Unfair Backdated Rates, Say Pembrokeshire Politicians

Pembrokeshire's port-based businesses are to be hit with backdated rates which the Welsh Assembly Government is imposing, despite being offered the money to write off the debt. In 2003 the UK Government changed the way ports were rated but the Valuation Office Agency did not review the port propert...


04 FEB 2011

MP Helps Red Squirrel Project For Caldey Get Off The Ground

Rare red squirrels could soon be joining the monks on Caldey Island off Tenby. Local MP Simon Hart is investigating the possibility of introducing the shy native species to the small island. "Caldey would be perfect for red squirrels because it has no grey squirrels or other predators," said Mr Ha...


01 FEB 2011

Think Twice Before Lighting Chinese Lanterns, Urges MP

With Chinese New Year celebrations taking place this week, local MP Simon Hart is urging revellers to think twice before releasing traditional Chinese lanterns into the sky. The lanterns have metal wire frames and are powered by lit candles and Mr Hart has campaigned to stop the damage they cause t...


01 FEB 2011

MP Welcomes New Transparency In Crime Figures

Local MP Simon Hart has welcomed a new Government website that enables everyone to check if crime or anti-social behaviour is taking place on their street corner. On the new website www.police.uk, residents can type in their postcode to find out if any problems have occurred in their area. The n...


01 FEB 2011

Simon Hart to Vote No in March Referendum

Since announcing my decision to vote No in the March referendum on granting the Welsh Assembly further powers, I have been swamped by support from all political persuasions and by some proud and patriotic countrymen. An unofficial straw poll of the emails, letters and conversations I've had since t...


23 JAN 2011

Don’t Pay Too Much For Your Train Tickets, Says MP

Rail passengers travelling from London to Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire could be paying too much for their train tickets, warns local MP Simon Hart. Mr Hart investigated ticket prices after constituent Graham Bowen from Llangain raised the issue with him. He discovered that some West Wales r...


20 JAN 2011

Move To Give Power To The People Welcomed By MP

Moves to give more power to the people of Carmarthenshire could help save local pubs such as the Farmers Arms in Llanybri, local MP Simon Hart has told the House of Commons. Mr Hart spoke in favour of the Localism Bill when it was introduced in the House of Commons this week. The Bill aims to remov...


16 JAN 2011

MP Urges More Transparency In Energy Billing

Energy companies must make their bills and contracts more transparent and easier to understand, says local MP Simon Hart. With energy prices rising steadily Mr Hart is getting dozens of calls from people worried about the cost of fuel and electricity. "This is the biggest single issue that is wo...


30 DEC 2010

MP’s Personal Mission To Cut Bowel Cancer Deaths

Local MP Simon Hart is pictured with leading campaigner Lynn Faulds Wood learning more about her fight to prevent bowel cancer deaths. Mr Hart has a personal reason to back her campaign as his own mother has beaten the disease. "Few people talk about bowel cancer and yet it is preventable and cu...


27 DEC 2010

MP Welcomes High Court Ruling On Care Homes

Local MP Simon Hart has welcomed a High Court ruling which means that the ongoing dispute between Pembrokeshire County Council and four local care homes could be nearing settlement. The owner of Pen-coed Care Home in Saundersfoot, Langton Hall in Fishguard, Woodfield in Narberth and Woodland Lodge ...


19 DEC 2010

Benefits Of Teaching Children Outside Classrooms Outlined By MP

Teaching children outdoors makes them healthier, happier, less angry and more likely to learn, says local MP Simon Hart. The Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire MP led a debate in Westminster on Wednesday (15th) which highlighted the fact that despite the benefits that outdoor education provide...


19 DEC 2010

Winning Bid

WINNING BID Linda Atherton from Narberth is pictured with Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire AM Angela Burns and MP Simon Hart at a recent fundraising lunch for the local Conservative Association. Mrs Atherton had won the hamper in an auction at the Association's annual Christmas lunch held ...


16 DEC 2010

“Super-Dairies” Debate Aired At Westminster

The subject of so called "super-dairies" has been aired in Westminster by local MP Simon Hart. The Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire MP was speaking in a House of Commons debate looking at the current trend towards larger and larger dairy herds. He told the debate that he came from a famil...


15 DEC 2010

Local MP Tours BMI The Werndale Hospital

Simon Hart MP, for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, made a special visit to BMI The Werndale Hospital in Carmarthen last week to speak with the hospital's Executive Director Caroline Daymond and find out about the launch of BMI Healthcare's 'Inspect Your Health' campaign, which the hospital ...


12 DEC 2010

MP Secures Debate On Importance Of Outdoor Learning

The importance of taking Pembrokeshire schoolchildren out of the classroom to learn will be debated in Westminster by local MP Simon Hart this week. He has secured a Westminster Hall debate on the subject of outdoor learning and will be highlighting Pembrokeshire examples such as the Field Studies ...


12 DEC 2010

MP Asks For Reassurance On Police Budget For Waterway

The policing budget for Milford Haven's vitally important waterway must be safeguarded, says Local MP Simon Hart. Speaking during Welsh Questions in the House of Commons, the South Pembrokeshire MP highlighted the vital role played by the Haven in meeting the UK's energy needs. He asked the Wels...


12 DEC 2010

MP Calls On National Park To Support Pubs

Pembrokeshire's National Park needs to ensure that it does what it can to encourage pubs to thrive in the county, local MP Simon Hart has told the House of Commons. Speaking in a debate on the future of pubs, Mr Hart highlighted the red tape and bureaucracy faced by many publicans, especially those...


01 DEC 2010

Local Businessman Takes His Views To The Top

A Whitland businessman has met with the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer. John Starzewski, Managing Director of Magstim UK, was the only Welsh business representative at the business breakfast briefing at No 10 Downing Street last week. His company employs 65 people and makes transcr...


30 NOV 2010

Simon Hart MP Response To OBR Statement

Britain's economic recovery is on track, so says the new independent watchdog that has been set up to scrutinise tax and spending. Welcoming the first report made by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), local MP Simon Hart said that the tough decisions made by the Coalition Government in its...


28 NOV 2010

Simon Hart MP Response To Illegal Workers Raid

Commenting on the news that the Border Agency has found 28 illegal workers at the construction site of the new Pembroke Power Station, local MP Simon Hart said: "After all the reassurances that the county has been given by the companies involved this is extremely disappointing news. I have asked f...


28 NOV 2010

MP Joins Search For New Home For Olympic Hopefuls

Carmarthen's chances of having an athlete representing the town in the 2012 Olympics are slipping away because one of its most successful sporting clubs is homeless. The Three Counties Air Target Club, which was based at the United Counties Showground, has had to close its door and is now looking f...


21 NOV 2010

Carmarthenshire Council's Spending On Child Protection Legal Fees Triples In Three Years, Reveals MP

Carmarthenshire County Council's spending on legal fees for child protection issues has nearly tripled in the past three years, local MP Simon Hart can reveal. Figures gathered by the Carmarthenshire West MP under the Freedom of Information Act show that while the number of children on the child pr...


21 NOV 2010

Number Of Looked After Children In Pembrokeshire More Than Doubles In Two Years

The number of children deemed to be in need of protection in Pembrokeshire has more than doubled in the last two years, local MP Simon Hart can reveal. The council has also seen a 50% increase in the cost of legal fees relating to child protection matters. "This is a pattern which has been repea...


14 NOV 2010

MP Backs Livestock Farmers Plans To Go Green

Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart has backed the livestock farming industry's plans to become greener but says it can't be achieved with yet more red tape and regulation. Speaking in a Private Member's Bill debate on Sustainable Livestock, Mr Hart said that making laws banning...


12 NOV 2010

MP Relieved To Hear Nursing Home Crisis Could Be A Step Nearer Resolution

Commenting on the news that the owner of four nursing homes in Pembrokeshire has been given permission for a Judicial Review into how the county council sets the amount it pays in care home fees, local MP Simon Hart said: "I'm pleased that this situation is a step closer to being resolved and that ...


05 NOV 2010

MP Wins Assurance On Chinese Lanterns

Local MP Simon Hart has won an assurance from the Government that it is working to ensure that Chinese Lanterns become safer. The paper lanterns contain lit candles and can fly for up to a mile after being sent up into the sky. Many also contain wire frames that can prove fatal to cattle if they g...


05 NOV 2010

MP Speaks Of Fears Over Nursing Home Crisis

South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart says the nursing home funding crisis in the county could be worse than at first feared. Last week it was revealed that three nursing homes in the south of the county - Woodfield Care Home in Narberth, Woodland Lodge Care Home in Gumfreston and Pencoed in Wooden - ...


24 OCT 2010

MP Urges Farmers To Grab Chance To Make Their Voices Heard

Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart is urging local farmers not to miss the chance to have their say on red tape. The deadline for the Government inquiry into the best way to cut farm regulation closes on October 31st. "When I surveyed all the farmers in my constituency about a y...


20 OCT 2010

Santa Pops By To Help Make Child's Christmas In Pembrokeshire

A new appeal has been launched to give Pembrokeshire's poorest families a Christmas to remember. Pembrokeshire Action to Combat Hardship (PATCH) has been distributing food and clothing parcels to the needy for the past two years from its base in Milford Haven. Now it's decided to make an extra eff...


20 OCT 2010

MP Raises Glass To British Pub Week

Local MP Simon Hart is pictured raising a glass to the success of British Pub Week. The week, which runs from October 30th to November 6, aims to unite everyone in celebrating local pubs. Mr Hart has raised the plight of pubs in Westminster by asking a parliamentary question to find out the latest...


08 OCT 2010

Wings over Pembrokeshire

South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart is pictured being given a debriefing about "Wings over Pembrokeshire", an ambitious project which aims to build a wartime airfield museum in Carew. The museum will be based around the existing wartime control tower on Carew Airfield and would tell the story of the ...


08 OCT 2010

MP Hears Concerns Over Chinese Lanterns

They may look pretty, but Chinese Lanterns can be deadly to livestock. That's the stark warning that has been outlined to local MP Simon Hart by farmer's union officials. The paper lanterns contain lit candles and can fly for up to a mile after being sent up into the sky. But many contain wire fr...


27 SEP 2010

Harvest Hamper

Frank and Jean Lindsay from Kilvelgy Park, Kilgetty are pictured with South Pembrokeshire's AM Angela Burns and MP Simon Hart receiving the first prize they won in a prize draw. They lucky couple from Kilvelgy Park won the Harvest Hamper stuffed with local produce in the draw run by the South Pembr...


27 SEP 2010

MP Tries New Training Techniques Keeping Soldiers Safe In Afghanistan

New training techniques which could save the lives of Welsh soldiers are being taught at Castlemartin's Army Range. Local MP Simon Hart was invited to watch the training that is helping soldiers use mine detecting equipment more effectively. Of the 512 coalition troops who have lost their lives ...


24 SEP 2010

MP Goes Back To School

South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart is pictured at Greenhill School in Tenby with headteacher Janet Kingston and head of Sixth Form Julian Dessent Mr Hart was visiting the school to speak to Year 12 students about life as an MP (also pictured). "I told them how I got involved in politics in the fi...


17 SEP 2010

Anger Of Carmarthenshire Pensioner Raised In Parliament By Simon Hart MP

The anger felt by a St Clears pensioner caught up in the Equitable Life pension scandal has been raised in Parliament by local MP Simon Hart. Mr Hart, who is supporting the policyholders' battle for compensation following the collapse of the life insurance company, was speaking during the second re...


16 SEP 2010

MP Raises Concerns Over Farming Red Tape At Highest Level

Local MP Simon Hart has taken farmer's concerns over the level of red tape to the highest level. He's lobbied Agriculture Minister Jim Paice after hearing from farmers in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire that they are at breaking point over the bureaucratic burden. "Just last week another farmer ...


11 SEP 2010

MP Highlights Local Cancer Charity’s Support Sessions

Local MP Simon Hart is highlighting a monthly support and advice session for cancer sufferers and their families in Pembrokeshire. The Thorne Mason Trust was set up by Mike Mason from Crundale and his wife Debi in 2007 after Mike was diagnosed with a brain tumour. The charity aims to help local pe...


11 SEP 2010

MP Welcomes Supermarket Decision

South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart has welcomed Pembrokeshire County Council's decision to throw out plans for a supermarket on the edge of Narberth. Plans for the 10,000 sq metre supermarket on the former Brains Brewery site in Narberth were refused by the council on Tuesday. Mr Hart has been oppo...


04 SEP 2010

MP Encourages Veterans To Apply For Lottery Funding

Local MP Simon Hart is encouraging Second World War veterans and their widows to apply for Lottery grants to help them revisit the places where they saw active service. The Heroes Return scheme provides funding for WW2 veterans and their widows to travel to and stay at the place where they served. ...


02 SEP 2010

Simon Hart MP Attends Towy Boat Club's Annual Open Day

TWO MEN IN A BOAT: Simon Hart MP is pictured enjoying a boat ride with Towy Boat Club's chairman Hamish Laughland at the club's annual open day. The Open Day at the club boathouse near Llansteffan took place to coincide with high tide and club members took visitors out for rides in the Towy estua...


30 AUG 2010

New Central Base For MP

Simon Hart MP has set up a new constituency office slap bang in the middle of his Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire constituency. The new office on Whitland's main shopping street is open five days a week and will also serve as a centre for his advice surgeries. "I am delighted to be setti...


30 AUG 2010

MP Raises Awareness Of Farmers Drugs Battle

Local MP Simon Hart is taking farmers' concerns over a drugs advertising ban to the highest level. New European rules mean that the direct advertising of antibiotics will be banned from December. The new legislation is meant to protect the "general public" from advertising for prescription-only me...


23 AUG 2010

MP Helps Fund Raising Campaign Lift Off

UP, UP AND AWAY South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart is pictured launching a balloon race from the Plash Inn in Llanfallteg to raise money for sensory equipment for the local school. Pub landlady Christie Goymer (pictured in pink) came up with the idea to raise money for Ysgol Bro Brynach in Llanboi...


23 AUG 2010

MP Presses For More Transparency On Milk Prices

Simon Hart MP is calling for more transparency in the dairy industry as the profits from the high price of milk is not passed on to farmers. Producers in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire have seen slight increases in what they are paid for their milk in recent months, but it doesn't compare to the...


26 JUL 2010

Action On Binge Drinking Welcomed By Simon Hart MP

Steps taken by the Government and a Pembrokeshire supermarket store to crack down on binge drinking have been welcomed by Simon Hart MP. Asda, which has a branch in Pembroke Dock, has become the first supermarket chain to announce it will not sell alcohol cheaper than the cost of duty plus VAT. An...


26 JUL 2010

Cockle Picking Invasion Fears Raised By MP

Hundreds of cockle pickers who have descended on a beach near Pendine could be causing environmental damage, says local MP Simon Hart. Between 400 and 600 pickers descended on Ginst Point, at the most easterly end of Pendine Sands, to gather the shellfish the last couple of weekends. Mr Hart has b...


19 JUL 2010

"Dentist Will Carry On" says Simon Hart MP

South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart has learned that Saundersfoot's NHS dentist isn't retiring after all despite what the Local Health Board has told his 3,000 patients. Malcolm Ruff is having to vacate his rooms at Saundersfoot's GP clinic but he has told Mr Hart that he has no plans to retire. I...


16 JUL 2010

MP Highlights Mountain Of Debt Owed By Absent Parents

Simon Hart MP is highlighting the mountain of debt owed by non-resident parents in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire. More than 4.5 million is owed by mums or dads who don't live with their children but who do live in the area. The figures, revealed by single parent charity Gingerbread, sho...


06 JUL 2010

Can You Help Cut The Deficit?

Simon Hart MP is inviting local residents to get their thinking caps on and come up with bright ideas on how to cut the national deficit. He wants as many people as possible to take part in the Spending Review a Government idea to get savings ideas from the grass roots. "We want as many people a...


28 JUN 2010

MP Welcomes Furnished Holiday Lettings Rule

South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart has welcomed the vital tax break given to the county's self catering sector in the budget. The tax allowance on the Furnished Holidays Lettings had been due to be scrapped costing landlords 4,000 a year on average. But the Conservative Chancellor announced that...


28 JUN 2010

Simon Hart MP Visits Westminster With PCC Chairman

Simon Hart MP is pictured on the steps of Portcullis House in Westminster, with Pembrokeshire County Council chairman John George and his wife Nan George when they paid a recent visit. Also pictured is Begelly County Councillor Jim Codd and his wife Joyce. The councillors were the guests of Pres...


21 JUN 2010

Pembroke Open For Business As Usual

Pembroke traders are shouting from the rooftops: "It's business as usual" after being hit by a double whammy of temporary road closures and wide loads passing through town. Some shopkeepers have seen their turnover drop by two thirds on this time last year and they think the poorly-timed roadworks...


16 JUN 2010

Seven-and A-half-year Backlog In Orthodontic Treatment

Commenting on figures that reveal a seven and a half year backlog in orthodontic treatment in west Wales, Paul Davies AM said: "We knew the problem was bad but this is really shocking. I have been asking the Welsh Health Minister to investigate this issue for a number of years. "I've heard concer...


15 JUN 2010

Simon Hart Uses Maiden Speech To Champion Carmarthenshire And Pembrokeshire

New local MP Simon Hart used his maiden speech in the House of Commons to champion Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire. Speaking for the first time in the famous debating chamber, Mr Hart said that people who lived in isolated areas sometimes felt left out by urban legislators. "We have the same eco...


14 JUN 2010

Local MP pushes for greater support and recognition of carers in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire

Local MP Simon Hart is calling for the contribution of the many thousands of carers in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire to be recognised after learning that more than three-quarters (76%) of people looking after an ill, frail or disabled loved one feel they do not have a life outside of their...


12 JUN 2010

History Boys and Girls

South Pembrokeshire's AM Angela Burns and MP Simon Hart are pictured at a coffee morning held by Pembroke and Monkton Local History Society. The monthly events aim to help local residents get together to share memories and photos of both areas from the old days. "I learned so much about the area f...


03 JUN 2010

RALLY SUPPORT

RALLY SUPPORT: Pembrokeshires Conservative MPs Simon Hart and Stephen Crabb joined AM colleague Paul Davies at the annual Young Farmers Club rally at Withybush Airfield on Saturday.The rally is the highlight of the year for the 13 young farmers clubs in Pembrokeshire which have 600 members betwee...


01 JUN 2010

Campaign Launched For Town Statue

South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart is getting behind a campaign to get a statue of Henry V11 put up in Pembroke. The first Tudor King was born in the town's castle and lived there until he was 11 years old. Now local resident Mel Phillips has won the backing of the manager of the Castle and is expl...


01 JUN 2010

CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED FOR STATUE OF TUDOR KING

Simon Hart is getting behind a campaign to get a statue of Henry VII put up in Pembroke.The first Tudor King was born in the towns castle and lived there until he was 11 years old.Now local resident Mel Phillips has won the backing of the manager of the Castle and is exploring ways to raise the fun...


21 MAY 2010

History Comes Alive At Laugharne Castle During Adult Learners' Week

Carmarthen West MP Simon Hart is pictured at Laugharne Castle during Cadw's Adult Learners' Week event. Access to the castle was free for Carmarthenshire residents so they could listen to lectures and take part in workshops. "It is the first time we've run this event and it's are all about getting...


10 MAY 2010

SIMON HART ELECTED MP

SIMON HART ELECTED MPIt was a wonderful honour to be elected MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire last week. Thank you to everyone involved in the campaign but especially the 16,649 voters who made it possible.We increased our vote by more than 4,000 and achieved a swing from Labour to th...


01 MAY 2010

FORMER CHANCELLOR VISITS NARBERTH

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Ken Clarke visited Narberth to support Conservative parliamentary candidate Simon Harts election bid and to talk to local businesses.Mr Clarke, who is Shadow Business Secretary, told local traders just how dangerous a hung parliament would be for economic recovery...


29 APR 2010

Shadow Welsh Secretary lends support in Pembroke

Simon Hart, South Pembrokeshires Conservative parliamentary candidate, is pictured with Shadow Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan at Pembroke Castle.Ms Gillan visited the area to support Mr Harts election campaign and whilst in the area she visited the new caf at the historic attraction.We have been ...


23 APR 2010

Welsh Conservative leader lends a hand

Welsh Conservative leader Nick Bourne is pictured on the General Election campaign trail in Tenby with local candidate Simon Hart and supporters.Mr Bourne spent time on the Lady Park estate meeting voters and hearing concerns on the doorsteps.Nick came down and lent us a hand and to hear for himsel...


14 APR 2010

SIMON TAKES CAMPAIGN TO CALDEY

Conservative parliamentary candidate Simon Hart has taken his campaign to be South Pembrokeshires next MP to Caldey Island off Tenby.Mr Hart spent the first week of the General Election campaign knocking on doors in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire.He decided to spend a morning on the island to vi...


14 APR 2010

SIMON LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO BE MP

Simon Hart has launched his campaign to become the next MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire with the help of some first time voters.The 46-year-old Welsh Conservative, who lives near Narberth with his wife and two children, said: I feel passionately about our two counties and want to do ...


06 APR 2010

Rates announcement given cautious welcome

Pembrokeshires Conservative politicians have given a cautious welcome to the news that business rate relief is being extended.After months of lobbying by the Welsh Conservatives, the Welsh Assembly Government finally decided to follow the Chancellors lead and cut the bills in Wales.This is good n...


05 APR 2010

FEARS RAISED THAT REFINERY TAX WILL MAKE CHEVRON LESS COMPETITIVE

Chevron will be less competitive with the introduction of a new refinery tax, warn South Pembrokeshires Conservative politicians. Industry experts say the new Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) levy on fossil fuel supplies is double taxation which will make British refineries less competitive. We w...


05 APR 2010

HUGE TURNOUT FOR SUPERMARKET MEETING

More than 100 worried traders and residents attended a public meeting called to discuss the possibility of a superstore coming to Narberth.Chaired by local AM Angela Burns, the meeting discussed the planning application for a 10,000 square foot Co-op store on the site of the former Brains Brewery in...


05 APR 2010

NARBERTH SHOPS CLOSE AS RATES HIKE HITS

Shops in Narberth are closing as huge rates hikes become reality. A number of shops in the town are closing their doors to avoid paying the huge rates bills which come into force today. The towns Chamber of Trade says that the average small business in Narberth has had a 158% increase in its bill...


05 APR 2010

SUMMIT HELD TO KEEP NARBERTH SPECIAL

A summit has been held between the Welsh Conservatives, Narberth traders and Pembrokeshire County Council to discuss ways to keep the town special.Local AM Angela Burns organised the meeting between council leaders and Narberths Chamber of Trade and Future Forum to discuss ways to ensure the town s...


05 APR 2010

TOURIST INDUSTRY GIVEN VITAL BOOST BY CONSERVATIVES

Pembrokeshires vital tourist industry will be given a massive boost under plans unveiled by the Conservatives.Shadow Chancellor George Osborne has spelled out measures to help the sector ranging from tax breaks to cutting red tape.Tourism is worth 500 million to the Pembrokeshire economy and supp...


23 MAR 2010

BIG BUSINESS ENCOURAGED TO BE STRONGER IN SUPPORT FOR RETAINED FIREFIGHTERS

Big business needs to be stronger in its support for retained firefighters, say local Conservative politicians.Local AM Angela Burns and parliamentary candidate Simon Hart launched a campaign to encourage more big employers to support the service after hearing about recruitment problems.When we tou...


18 MAR 2010

EVERY DOG OWNER IN COUNTY FACES UNFAIR "TAX"

Plans to make every dog owner in Pembrokeshire pay to insure their pet have been criticised by Conservative Parliamentary candidate Simon Hart.The Labour Government wants to force all dog owners to take out third party insurance for their dogs or face a fine for not doing so.This is yet another e...


05 MAR 2010

Conservatives support traders fight against edge of town supermarket

South Pembrokeshires Conservative politicians are supporting a battle by Narberths traders to stop a Co-op store being built on the edge of town.The supermarket plans to build a 10,000 square foot store on the site of the former Brains Brewery in Spring Gardens.More than two hundred people signed ...


07 FEB 2010

Let’s give Pembrokeshire superfast broadband – without an unfair phone tax

Conservative Parliamentary candidate Simon Hart has welcomed new Conservative plans to deliver the roll out of superfast broadband at speeds of up to 100 Mbps across Pembrokeshire by 2017. This stands in stark contrast to the Governments new 7 per year phone tax on every telephone line. Gordon...


06 FEB 2010

ALCOHOL-RELATED HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS DOUBLE IN A YEAR

The number of patients needing treatment at Glangwili Hospital because of alcohol doubled in a year, Conservative parliamentary candidate Simon Hart can reveal. In November 2008 16 people had to be treated at the Carmarthen hospital as a result of drinking but in October 2009 the figure more than...


06 FEB 2010

NEARLY A THOUSAND ALCOHOL-RELATED HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS EACH YEAR

Nearly a thousand people needed hospital treatment at Withybush Hospital last year because of alcohol, Conservative parliamentary candidate Simon Hart can reveal.In the 12 months to November 2009, 945 people had to be treated at the Haverfordwest hospital as a result of drinking. The figure includes...


28 JAN 2010

DON’T STOP THE MUSIC – VILLAGE HALLS, CHURCHES AND CHARITIES FACE NEW TAX

Government to hit local voluntary groups across Carmarthenshire with new music charges Churches, village halls, charity shops and sports clubs across Carmarthenshire face a new 20 million tax from Gordon Browns Government, Conservative parliamentary candidate Simon Hart warned today.In the small ...


28 JAN 2010

BROADBAND TAX ON ALL PHONE USERS ANOTHER STEALTH TAX, SAYS SIMON HART

A 6 annual tax on everyone with a fixed telephone line is yet another stealth tax, says Conservative Parliamentary candidate Simon Hart.The 50p-a-month tax has been proposed by the Government to help pay for improvements to broadband provision.But Mr Hart says its a stealth tax that will hit the p...


17 JAN 2010

PRESSURE PUT ON BIG BUSINESS TO HELP EASE RETAINED FIREFIGHTERS SHORTAGE

Conservative politicians are lobbying big business in an attempt to solve a shortage of volunteer firefighters in Pembrokeshire.The part time firefighters are essential for keeping eight local fire stations in the county open.But a combination of factors, including large firms not allowing staff to ...


09 JAN 2010

RESIDENTS UP IN ARMS AT PLANS TO DOUBLE SIZE OF ESTATE

Plans to double the size of a peaceful Narberth housing estate have led to objections from almost every resident.Local Conservative AM Angela Burns and parliamentary candidate Simon Hart are now supporting the residents of Bloomfield Gardens in their bid to scale back the development.The site was or...


09 JAN 2010

RAISING MONEY FOR TROOPS

Members of the Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire Conservative Association are pictured with local AM Angela Burns and parliamentary candidate Simon Hart at their annual Christmas Sunday lunch.The event, held at Cresselly House by kind permission of Hugh Harrison-Allen, raised 266 for Christma...


09 JAN 2010

SIMON HART PLEDGES TO DO HIS BIT FOR BRITISH ARMED FORCES

Simon Hart, Conservative parliamentary candidate for South Pembrokeshire, has pledged to do his bit for the British Armed Forces Family.Simon, who served in the Territorial Army, made the pledge on the Royal British Legions campaign website timetodoyourbit.org.uk.I am delighted to support the Roya...


11 DEC 2009

CARMARTHENSHIRE HOUSEHOLDERS NEED LEVEL PLAYING FIELD ON FUEL PRICES

Householders in Carmarthenshire are getting a raw deal on fuel prices, warns Conservative Parliamentary candidate Simon Hart.Nearly half of all rural households do not have access to mains gas and so have to depend on bottled gas or oil for heating and cooking.This is often more expensive than a ma...


10 DEC 2009

CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO SAVE ICONIC RED PHONE BOXES

A campaign has been launched by local Conservative politicians to save the county's iconic red phone boxes.BT is offering local community councils across the country the chance to adopt underused phone boxes for a nominal 1. The phones would be removed, but the box left as a local landmark.But so f...


02 DEC 2009

CONSERVATIVES SEND CHRISTMAS CHEER TO TROOPS

Soldiers in Afghanistan will get some Christmas cheer this December thanks to the local Conservative Association.Nearly 100 boxes stuffed with sweets, toiletries and useful items are being sent to soldiers serving in the front line, paid for by donations from the Carmarthen West and South Pembrokesh...


02 DEC 2009

RATES PETITIONS LAUNCHED IN NARBERTH

RATES PETITIONS LAUNCHED IN NARBERTH Two petitions have been launched in Narberth to fight against a proposed 200+% business rates increase.Local Assembly Member Angela Burns has teamed up with the Chamber of Trade to get the petitions off the ground.The first is aimed at the Welsh Assembly Petitio...


24 NOV 2009

NARBERTH’S BUSINESS RATE ACTION PLAN TAKES SHAPE

23 November 2009 NARBERTHS BUSINESS RATE ACTION PLAN TAKES SHAPE An action plan to fight the 200+% business rates hike in Narberth is beginning to take shape. South Pembrokeshire AM Angela Burns has now met local government minister Brian Gibbons and been told ...


24 NOV 2009

AMANDA PLATELL VISITS SOUTH PEMBROKESHIRE

COLUMNIST Amanda Platell is pictured with South Pembrokeshire AM Angela Burns and local Conservative Parliamentary candidate Simon Hart at a dinner held in Slebech Park.Ms Platell, who writes a weekly column for the Daily Mail and who is a former editor of the Sunday Express and Sunday Mirror, was t...


24 NOV 2009

NARBERTH’S BUSINESS RATE ACTION PLAN TAKES SHAPE

23 November 2009NARBERTHS BUSINESS RATE ACTION PLAN TAKES SHAPEAn action plan to fight the 200+% business rates hike in Narberth is beginning to take shape.South Pembrokeshire AM Angela Burns has now met local government minister Brian Gibbons and been told that he is considering raisin...


11 NOV 2009

CONSERVATIVES WIN REVIEW OF NARBERTH RATES HIKE

11 November 2009 Press release Datganiad ir wasg CONSERVATIVES WIN REVIEW OF NARBERTH RATES HIKE Civil servants have promised to review the 200+ % rates hike in Narberth after a public meeting called by local AM Angela Burns. The South Pembrokeshir...


11 NOV 2009

New research reveals that cinema would be just the ticket for Pembroke Dock

New research has revealed that a cinema would be just the ticket to revive Pembroke Dock. A survey of 1,000 residents throughout Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire showed that a cinema and more boutique-style shops are the two things that would draw most people to the town. We commissioned t...


11 NOV 2009

Conservatives win review of Narberth rates hike

Civil servants have promised to review the 200+ % rates hike in Narberth after a public meeting called by local AM Angela Burns.The South Pembrokeshire AM invited the Valuation Agency Office (VAO), who set the rates, to meet Narberths traders on Monday.Seventy business people turned up to hear the...


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CONSERVATIVES WIN REVIEW OF NARBERTH RATES HIKE

CONSERVATIVES WIN REVIEW OF NARBERTH RATES HIKE Civil servants have promised to review the 200+ % rates hike in Narberth after a public meeting called by local AM Angela Burns.The South Pembrokeshire AM invited the Valuation Agency Office (VAO), who set the rates, to meet Narberths traders on M...


11 NOV 2009

CONSERVATIVES WIN REVIEW OF NARBERTH RATES HIKE

11 November 2009 Press release Datganiad ir wasg CONSERVATIVES WIN REVIEW OF NARBERTH RATES HIKE Civil servants have promised to review the 200+ % rates hike in Narberth after a public meeting called by local AM Angela Burns. The South Pembrokeshir...


10 NOV 2009

NEW RESEARCH REVEALS THAT CINEMA WOULD BE JUST THE TICKET TO REVIVE PEMBROKE DOCK

November 9 2009 Press release Datganiad ir wasg NEW RESEARCH REVEALS THAT CINEMA WOULD BE JUST THE TICKET TO REVIVE PEMBROKE DOCK New research has revealed that a cinema would be just the ticket to revive Pembroke Dock. A survey of 1,000 residents throughout Carmarthen West and South Pe...


13 OCT 2009

Time to reverse the rise of the ‘Big Brother state’ says Simon Hart

Time to reverse the rise of the Big Brother state says Simon Hart The growing tide of CCTV cameras and the rise of a surveillance state is getting out of hand, says Conservative Parliamentary candidate Simon Hart.The curtailment of civil liberties and the wasting of taxpayers money on expensive ...


13 OCT 2009

Simon Hart pledges to “do his bit” for British Armed Forces

Carmarthen Wests Conservative Parliamentary candidate Simon Hart has pledged to do his bit for the British Armed Forces family.Mr Hart, who served with the Territorial Army, met representatives from The Royal British Legion at the recent Conservative party conference in Manchester and was presente...


03 JUL 2009

Pembrokeshire politicians are supporting Wales's most unusual pub quiz

3rd July 2009Landlords Steve and Christie Goymer are giving away their pub near Whitland in a competition.They are being supported by local AM Angela Burns and Conservative Parliamentary candidate Simon Hart who heard about the plan when they visited the Plash Inn in Llanfalltegs annual Beer Festiv...


26 JUN 2009

Jobs and affordable housing biggest worries for Carmarthenshire's young adults

26th June 2009A survey of 500 young adults in Carmarthenshire has revealed that jobs and affordable housing are their biggest worries.The research, carried out by Conservative Parliamentary candidate Simon Hart, also revealed a surprisingly high number of youngsters were affected by knife crime ju...


08 JUN 2009

Solution found to Tenby pavement problem

8th June 2009A vital Tenby pavement, closed for more than a year after the Gatehouse fire, looks like being partly reopened.South Pembrokeshire AM Angela Burns was told the news at a special meeting held to discuss the future regeneration of the seaside resort.She has been lobbying for the walkway, ...


19 MAY 2009

Conservative meeting with Tesco sheds light on superstore's plans for town

19th May 2009Pembrokeshires Conservative politicians have welcomed news that the empty Woolworths store in Tenby is to be reopened as a Tesco Express.The town centre building has stood empty since the collapse of the High Street retailer.At a meeting with local AM Angela Burns and Conservative Parl...


17 MAY 2009

Tenby's high-earning multi storey car park must be cleaned up, say Tories

17th May 2009Tenbys filthy multi?storey car park earns the council around 90,000 a year, local Conservatives have discovered.The politicians are now calling on the council to spruce up the structure and install a lift.At a recent meeting of Tenby businesses the poor state of the multi?storey was o...


30 APR 2009

Pembrokeshire families could be forced to pay to have their bins collected

30th April 2009Families across Pembrokeshire could soon be forced to pay to have their bins collected.Local Parliamentary candidate Simon Hart has warned that the Labour?Plaid Cymru Assembly Governments new waste strategy could impose yet another tax on households across the constituency.Mr Hart sa...


17 APR 2009

Conservatives hear from business that's bucking the recession

17th April 2009Pembrokeshires Conservative politicians have been hearing from a Milford Haven business thats bucking the recession.Svitzer Marine Limited told Preseli Pembrokeshire MP Stephen Crabb and South Pembrokeshire parliamentary candidate Simon Hart that it has more than trebled its workfor...


16 APR 2009

House buyers and sellers in Carmarthenshire to be hit with higher fees

16th April 2009Moving house in Carmarthenshire is about to get a lot more expensive, Welsh Conservative Parliamentary candidate Simon Hart has claimed.The Land Registry, the Government department responsible for registering land in England and Wales, is proposing to increase its fees on 6 July.It wi...


10 APR 2009

Conservative politicians broker meeting over new Tesco in Tenby

10th April 2009Concerned South Pembrokeshire politicians are brokering a meeting to discuss plans for a new Tesco superstore in New Hedges.The supermarket giant has confirmed to Conservative Assembly Member Angela Burns and parliamentary candidate Simon Hart that they are actively looking at buildin...


08 APR 2009

Closed post offices in Pembrokeshire face empty property blow

8th April 2009Post offices in Pembrokeshire which were forced to shut under the Labour Governments closure programme could end up paying the controversial empty property tax, Welsh Conservative Parliamentary candidate Simon Hart has learned.The Assembly Government has confirmed that unoccupied prop...


05 APR 2009

Blow to Pembrokeshire's housing market from Home Informaiton Pack red tape

5th April 2009Simon Hart, South Pembrokeshires Conservative Parliamentary candidate, today expressed concern for the countys fragile housing market, following the introduction of complex and expensive new Home Information Pack rules.From 6 April, extra Home Information Pack (HIP) regulations will ...


02 APR 2009

Carmarthenshire students to suffer under further education budget cuts

2nd April 2009 Local Welsh Conservative parliamentary candidate Simon Hart has backed Carmarthenshire college lecturers and students in their campaign for a better funding deal from the Welsh Assembly Government. The Labour?Plaid Cymru government in Cardiff is cutting the further education budget ...


27 MAR 2009

Ambulances from Monmouth answering Pembrokeshire's 999 calls

27th March 2009Ambulances from as far afield as Monmouth are being called in to deal with Pembrokeshires 999 calls.The information has been revealed by Conservative Parliamentary candidate Simon Hart who also discovered that more than 500 emergency call outs in Pembrokeshire last year were attended...


05 MAR 2009

TB is biggest concern for farmers, reveals new survey

5th March 2009A new survey of farmers in Pembrokeshire has revealed that 95 per cent of them are worried about TB.The research, carried out by Conservative Parliamentary candidate Simon Hart, also showed that their second biggest worry was red tape, something that concerned 90 per cent of them.We s...


01 MAR 2009

Practical advice for Pembrokeshire's homeowners as Haverfordwest tops UK repossession increase table

1st March 2009Conservative Parliamentary candidate Simon Hart has launched a Repossession Advice Pack with practical advice for homeowners across Pembrokeshire worried about meeting their mortgage repayments.Repossession orders issued by Haverfordwest County Court rose by 95 per cent in the past yea...


23 FEB 2009

Call to change law to end misleading labelling in shops and supermarkets

23 February 2009Pembrokeshire residents have the right to know exactly where their meat has come from, says Conservative parliamentary candidate Simon Hart. He is urging residents across Pembrokeshire to sign up to a new petition calling for clearer labelling on food packaging."At the moment meat is...


17 FEB 2009

Tenby businessman discusses recession with David Cameron

17th February 2009Tenbys Pink Cat shop Julius Rhys Davies discussed the recession with David Cameron when the Conservative leader visited the area on Monday.Mr Cameron was in the Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire constituency as part of a round Britain tour to learn more about how the credit ...


06 FEB 2009

Politicians help raise awareness of cancer charity

6th February 2009Pembrokeshire politicians have joined forces with a cancer information charity to raise awareness of its work.CANCERactive aims to give evidence?based information on cancer therapies including orthodox, complementary and alternative treatments.South Pembrokeshire AM Angela Burns is ...


15 JAN 2009

Pembrokeshire's pubs facing closing time?

15 January 2009 Pembrokeshires pubs are facing an uncertain future thanks to high business costs and supermarket competition. Conservative Parliamentary candidate Simon Hart surveyed pubs in Pembrokeshire to find out what issues are most worrying landlords.I know that pubs across Britain are clo...


24 NOV 2008

Gordon Brown - Bogey Man or Lord Bountiful?

24th November 2008Conservative Parliamentary candidate Simon Hart wants to know your views on the Prime Minister and the recession.His website www.simon?hart.com is running a poll to discover whether people think Gordon Brown is the cause of the recession or the solution to the recession.The recess...


16 NOV 2008

Simon Hart joins fight for local newspapers

16th November 2008The BBC could kill off local newspapers such as the xxx with its plans to expand local news coverage online, Conservative Parliamentary candidate Simon Hart has warned.The BBC plans to spend 23 million a year on new local video on?demand services, which could seriously threaten th...


14 OCT 2008

Two year Orthodontist wait drives mum to make 90-mile round trip

14th October 2008 A NARBERTH mum has given up waiting up to two years for her son to be seen by a local orthodontist and is making a 90?mile round trip to Swansea instead. Katie Howells nine?year?old son Ewan has been on the waiting list for a year already but shes been told he faces at least an...


02 OCT 2008

A rusty, rundown eyesore at the gateway to Pembroke’s county town has been given a makeover

2nd October 2008A rusty, rundown eyesore at the gateway to Pembrokes county town has been given a makeover thanks to lobbying by the local Conservatives.The rail bridge at Harcourt Terrace had not been touched for almost 50 years and gave visitors a terrible first impression of the historic town....


11 SEP 2008

School bus system a 'non-sensical' mess

11th September 2008 A school bus whistles past Sam Evans front door twice a day. But the 13?year?old is not allowed on it because he lives within three miles of Whitland Comprehensive. However, a few hundred yards down the road it stops in Cwmfelin Boeth to pick up a 13?year?old schoolgirl neighb...


01 SEP 2008

Countryside alliance chief welcomes new publicans who buck the trend

1st September 2008Beer sales are at their lowest for 30 years and pubs across the UK are closing at the rate of 36 a week.But that grim news didnt put off one brave couple from Tavernspite who were determined to keep their local pub open to provide a focal point for the community.Like many other vi...


16 JUN 2008

Pre-2009 Press Release Archives

Press releases Archives of Simon Hart July 2009 Pembrokeshire politicians are supporting Wales's most unusual pub quiz - 3rd July 2009 June 2009 Jobs and affordable housing biggest worries for Carmarthenshire's young adults - 26th June 2009 Solution found to Tenby pavement problem - 8th J...



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