Results 41–60 of 1700 for speaker:Heledd Fychan

1. Questions to the First Minister: Questions Without Notice from the Party Leaders (18 Jun 2024)

Heledd Fychan: In presuming from your response that you didn't actually see Jo Stevens’s interview, or perhaps that you know that she won't be the Secretary of State for Wales, because, certainly, we heard from Jo Stevens a point-blank refusal to right the wrong on HS2—no plan, no intention, no interest. Why should anyone believe that a UK Labour Government will deliver for Wales? Because it's not just...

1. Questions to the First Minister: Questions Without Notice from the Party Leaders (18 Jun 2024)

Heledd Fychan: Diolch, Dirprwy Lywydd. Not a day goes by without it becoming clear that Welsh Labour's HQ is firmly based in London. In her S4C interview last night, Labour's would-be Welsh secretary, Jo Stevens, was wrong on both fact and principle. She was wrong to say that high-speed rail in England isn't being built, and wrong not to support the principle that Wales should get its fair share of spending...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Housing, Local Government and Planning: Public Libraries (12 Jun 2024)

Heledd Fychan: Thank you, Cabinet Secretary. You will be aware that library services have shrunk because of the pressure on local government budgets, but the need for libraries is as apparent as ever, as they evolve and extend provision as community hubs. Under the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964, you have a duty, personally, to inspect and promote the improvement of the public library service...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Housing, Local Government and Planning: Public Libraries (12 Jun 2024)

Heledd Fychan: 8. What steps is the Welsh Government taking to ensure access to public libraries across South Wales Central? OQ61250

3. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Cabinet Office: Context for and approach to the next Spending Review period (11 Jun 2024)

Heledd Fychan: I have to be honest, I am slightly perplexed and disappointed by parts of the statement today. There were two Bs that were definitely missing, which were Brexit—the impact of Brexit; surely we have to acknowledge the devastating impact Brexit has had on our communities and the funding available to our communities—and also Barnett. We're all agreed here that it's an outdated model. What...

3. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Cabinet Office: Context for and approach to the next Spending Review period (11 Jun 2024)

Heledd Fychan: Thank you, Cabinet Secretary, for your statement today. This is my first opportunity to speak to you as the party's spokesperson for finance, and I'm looking forward to collaborating with you, and scrutinising you, of course, Cabinet Secretary, and I do welcome the invitation in terms of collaborating.

2. Business Statement and Announcement (11 Jun 2024)

Heledd Fychan: Trefnydd, I'd like to request a statement from the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and Social Justice outlining the discussions that have taken place with South Wales Police following the arrest last week of 19 pro-Palestine activists in less than 48 hours. An extensive list of signatories have signed a statement with calls directed at South Wales Police, but also calling on the political...

6. Welsh Conservatives Debate: The First Minister ( 5 Jun 2024)

Heledd Fychan: Surely, First Minister, you must understand why, when you continue to defend the decision to accept the money, people question your judgment and your cavalier approach to donations. Either due diligence didn’t take place or you just didn’t care where the money came from. Winning was everything and nothing else mattered. And whilst we’re used to this being commonplace in Westminster,...

6. Welsh Conservatives Debate: The First Minister ( 5 Jun 2024)

Heledd Fychan: Thank you, Llywydd. Some politicians like to attack people from other parties at any opportunity and see politics as a game. I'm not one of those. Since being elected to this Senedd, I have tried to be fair and constructive always, challenging when necessary and questioning robustly when necessary, but also supporting and collaborating with Members from other parties where there is agreement...

7. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for North Wales and Transport: Transforming Rail: Update on the delivery of the South Wales Metro and the Fleet Upgrade Programme ( 4 Jun 2024)

Heledd Fychan: May I thank the Cabinet Secretary for his statement? Obviously, there's a great deal of excitement in the region that I represent about some of the changes that are coming into play and, obviously, the new fleet is very welcome. But, you will know that one of the concerns was around toilets on the new fleet. This is a huge concern of constituents of mine, especially looking at the timetable...

5. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and Social Justice: Culture and Social Justice — Reaffirmation of our values ( 4 Jun 2024)

Heledd Fychan: I'd be grateful if you could please respond to one of Sioned Williams's points in your response to me, just in terms of clarifying what the position of the Government is on the two-child cap—something that is, of course, of huge concern to many of us because of that very cruel policy. I will focus my contribution in terms of arts and culture, and I would ask you, perhaps, to reflect on one...

4. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Education: Consultation on the School Year ( 4 Jun 2024)

Heledd Fychan: I thank the Cabinet Secretary for the statement today. Evidently, you did refer to the fact that a lot of this stems from the co-operation agreement, and you mentioned Siân Gwenllian's work on this. Evidently, there will be a number of people that will be disappointed that these radical reforms, these long-awaited reforms, aren’t going to happen, and, as you've recognised and as is clear...

3. Debate: The Infected Blood Inquiry Report ( 4 Jun 2024)

Heledd Fychan: Rachel wrote to me, saying, 'My father (who was a haemophiliac) died of AIDS in 1990, after a six-year illness, during which his body and brain wasted away.' 

3. Debate: The Infected Blood Inquiry Report ( 4 Jun 2024)

Heledd Fychan: You referenced at the beginning, Cabinet Secretary, the Sugar family. And it is important that we do tell the story of Leigh, a much-loved son, husband and father, who was a mild haemophiliac, infected with his first and only treatment at the age of 14, following a fall from his horse. He was only told of his infection 14 years later, by which time he was married and had five and...

3. Debate: The Infected Blood Inquiry Report ( 4 Jun 2024)

Heledd Fychan: David shared with me in his own words, 'I was infected with hepatitis C in the early 1980s, likely between the age of nine and 13. I was informed of my diagnosis aged 23 in 1994, and ever since this date have been permanently in a state of worry about my health and my mortality.' He went on to share with me the impact this has had on his life, including having to fight tooth and nail to get...

3. Debate: The Infected Blood Inquiry Report ( 4 Jun 2024)

Heledd Fychan: I'd like to associate myself with a number of the comments that have already been made. Sometimes, there is a contact made by a constituent that really strikes you, and I think that we've all received e-mails from families and from those who have suffered and who continue to suffer today that have had that impact. So, I'm going to use my time to give a voice and share some of those stories,...

2. Business Statement and Announcement ( 4 Jun 2024)

Heledd Fychan: Trefnydd, in a similar vein, my focus is also on the safety of pedestrians, and I'd like to request a statement, please, from the Cabinet Secretary for transport regarding taking forward the recommendations made in the pavement parking taskforce report. Obviously, that was delayed until this year, which was understandable from the perspective of pressure on local government, but there are...

8. Welsh Conservatives Debate: Tourism (22 May 2024)

Heledd Fychan: I don’t agree with your argument. I think you failed the point here. I think you are talking Wales down because I think we have things that attract people. People who come to Wales actually are astounded by the richness of what we have to offer. So, I don’t accept your argument at all.


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