It was Hospice Care Week 2017, celebrating both 50 years since Dame Cicely Saunders established the hospice movement in the UK and the many faces of hospice care.


It was good to see so many people from North East Wales present when I Chaired the annual North Wales meeting of the Assembly Cross Party Autism Group in Bangor.


As Chair of the Assembly Cross Party Group on Hospices and Palliative Care, I had a constructive meeting with Hospice UK, the Chair of Hospices Cymru and the Chief Executive of St David’s Hospice, Llandudno, and the Chief Executive of St Kentigern Hospice, St Asaph, to discuss our forward work pl


During my latest ‘catch up’ meeting with Glyndŵr University’s Vice Chancellor, discussion ranged from their efficiency review to their international university franchise arrangements.


I met Natural Resources Wales to discuss fisheries protection and enforcement concerns raised with me by members of the angling community in North Wales.


Eight months ago I led a non-partisan debate calling on the Welsh Government to bring forward an autism (Wales) bill during the fifth Assembly term. Its defeat on party lines caused huge distress.


Speaking in the debate on Police Devolution, I stated that Labour and Plaid Cymru calls for the devolution of policing to Wales defied reality. Most people in Wales live along the M4 and A55 corridors, separated by a vast rural area, and very different policing requirements.


I am honoured to have received the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society Awards 2017 UK ‘Political Supporter of the Year’ Award.


North Wales engagements included Chairing MS Society’s Llandudno conference and meeting the Chairman of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.



It was a privilege to attend the North Wales Young Enterprise Company and Team of the year 2017 Area Finals.


As the 1000th member of the Rhydymwyn Valley History Society, I was delighted to attend the Official Opening of the Rhydymwyn Tunnels.