I am proud to say that my youngest daughter, Meredith,  was crowned ‘Miss Flintshire’ at the ‘Miss Wales 2017 Grand Final’.



Speaking at the Responsible Finance Conference 2017, I said that much will depend upon Credit Unions in Wales serving those who would otherwise be excluded from mainstream credit, and highlighted the community banking model developed in Wales by Responsible Finance - working with credit unions, w


I sponsored and spoke at the Assembly Wales Cancer Alliance event, noting that the number of people living with cancer in Wales is expected to reach 240,000 by 2030.


Speaking at the Welsh Conservative Party Conference, I called on the First Minister to end his post-Brexit prophecies of doom and gloom, and to provide the people of Wales with the words of confidence and optimism needed to lead the nation to success.


Speaking in the International Women’s Day Debate, I highlighted the continuing barriers preventing women from playing their full role in the economic, political, social and cultural life of Wales.



Speaking during the Debate on Zero Hour Contracts, I  challenged the Minister for Skills and Science over why Wales has the highest percentage of employees not on permanent contracts amongst the 12 UK nations and regions.


It was good to speak to Citizens Advice Bureaux from across North Wales about my role as an Assembly Member, and to answer their questions, at an event organised with the Assembly Outreach team.



Responding to the announcement by Communities Secretary, Carl Sargeant AM,  that he was phasing out the Welsh Government’s ‘Communities First’ tackling poverty programme, costing nearly £0.5 billion between 2001 and 2016,  I noted that the ‘Valuing Place’ report, based upon research in three comm


Speaking in the Annual Report on Equality debate, I noted that Local Authorities had failed to understand their duty to involve people in the design and delivery of care and support services, that nearly 1 in 4 people in Wales live in poverty, and that child poverty is above UK levels and called


Wales has unacceptably high rates of excess winter deaths and it is disgraceful that First Minister Carwyn Jones made no reference to the ‘NICE’ guidelines on ‘Tackling Excess Winter Deaths’ when replying to my call for these to be implemented in Wales.