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 Powys since June 2010.

The UK is now the fastest growing economy in the world - good for the financial security of every family in our area.

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Recent events here in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire have included:

Celebrating the granting of planning permission for a memorial to the 79 men who died off Freshwater West beach in the 1943 landing craft disaster. I have been working with local District Parade Marshall Dai Boswell for two years to get an extra memorial stone and plaques installed (pic left).

Spending a day at Withybush Hospital where I visited almost every department and met staff and patients. It was a fascinating day which confirmed that dedicated and passionate staff are often working under difficult and unpredictable conditions. The visit gave me a greater insight into the difference between what happens 'on the front line' and policy decisions taken in Cardiff.

Putting pressure on the owner of Carmarthen's Old Infirmary on Priory Street (pic right) to restore the beautiful building before it crumbles away. Carmarthenshire planners have given him another 20 months to get the work done, but I worry that it will be a case of too little, too late.

Speaking at the AGM of the local branch of the British Holiday Parks Association at Croft Park in Reynalton and at the 80th Charter Dinner of the Carmarthen Round Table.

The National Grid has announced proposals to bury their ugly pylons where they cro ss Britain's most beautiful landscapes. We have a double row of pylons skimming the edge of Britain's only coastal National Park so I have written the National Grid's Chief Executive asking for Pembrokeshire to be included in the scheme. No reply so far but it must be a good idea to start a debate about one of our areas very few eyesores.

Visiting Atlantic Trampolines in Pembroke Dock (pic left). Director Jon Edwards set up the company 10 years ago as a side-line and has now delivered 50,000 trampolines all over Europe.

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In Westminster I:

Met Environment Secretary, Liz Truss MP, with representatives from Valero to discuss the UK Government's commitment to the refinery and the thousands of jobs in our area which depend on it.

Taken part in discussions with Secretary of State for Wales, Stephen Crabb MP, about the future of devolution in Wales. The fallout from the Scottish Devolution vote could have a knock-on effect for the governance of Wales.

Heard about an exciting new motivational fitness programme "School Gym" being piloted at Whitland's Ysgol Dyffryn Taf and look forward to working with them in Westminster in the near future.

Raised the on-going saga of Kelly Thomas in Prime Minister's Questions. Kelly has been waiting 15 months for an urgent operation, is off work as a teaching assistant and on extensive medication. NHS Wales will not fund her treatment in England (where the wait could have been a mere 6 weeks), because they say the surgery is routine and available in Wales. However her surgeon (and others) have told her they are too busy to give her a date at all. The PM has agreed to look into the case. My PMQ can be seen on this link.

Took part in debates about the provision of superfast broadband in rural areas, employment in Wales, the future of dairy farming, mobile phone reception, UK sea bass stocks and Government policies in Wales.

Quizzed Welsh Health Minister, Mark Drakeford AM, as part of an evidence-gathering session by the Welsh Affairs Select Committee - we have been looking into cross-border issues and the quality of health care in Wales.

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And finally....

I was delighted to go back to Tavernspite school where I was a parent governor and where my children spent happy years, when they kindly invited me to open their latest playground facility.

The Friends of Tavernspite School had raised funds for a new "Cabin" in the Foundation Phase playground. Tavernspite is one of the region's best examples of the benefits of 'learning outside the classroom' for children of all abilities and backgrounds.

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What's coming up:

Every voter has been sent an invite to series of public meetings that I am holding across the constituency in the coming months. The first two will be held at Carmarthen Quins rugby club on 12th February and Whitland Memorial Hall on 26th February - both at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome.

I've recently held surgeries in Whitland and Carmarthen - my next one is on 20th February in Pembroke. Call 01994 342002 to make an appointment or to find out the future dates of surgeries and meetings.

Contact me by emailing simon.hart.mp@parliament.uk or call 01994 342002. Up to date information and news can be found on my website simon-hart.com

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Simon Hart MP
House of Commons
London
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Whitland
Carmarthenshire
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