My View – Wrexham Leader Column

Like many readers who have been in touch recently, I’m really concerned about the new PM’s decision to shut Parliament down and silence his opponents. And I don’t just mean those of us from different parties that divisive Boris Johnson would gladly describe as opponents. I mean, his brother Jo and ex-Cabinet Minister Amber Rudd who have decided to stand down rather than go and along with Johnson’s dangerous approach. I also mean people like Winston Churchill’s grandson Nicholas Soames whom Boris Johnson has decided to chuck out of his party.  

Over the past few weeks, I’ve heard from many constituents who voted different ways in the 2016 Brexit referendum, as well as from people who were too young to have a vote at the time. There’s a lot of concern that Johnson and his gang want us to crash out of the EU without a Deal – something that was never on the agenda and would have a devastating effect on jobs, food prices, security and the NHS.

That’s why I joined other MPs from all parties last week in voting to stop a Crash Out Brexit. Straight after that vote, I spoke in a debate about the need to stand up for the Lamb industry. We know that 92%+ of Welsh lamb exports go to the EU. It may not matter to Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg and other privileged Old Etonians if these exports are wiped out but it does to people who live around here – and I won’t sit by while Tory toffs let our area down.    

Back in the constituency, it was great to meet with Clwyd South’s Member of the Welsh Youth Parliament, Talulah Thomas. We had a wide-ranging discussion on matters including Talulah’s key issues which are mental health education in schools; promoting culture and the Welsh language and Welsh youth participation in politics.  On a personal level, I am a long-standing supporter of votes at 16 and believe it is quite unacceptable that we are not consulting young people on major issues like Brexit.  

I have also been delighted to meet with many other individuals and groups recently in the constituency. I had the pleasure of lending my support to the fantastic Denbighshire School Uniform Recycle. This project enables parents to buy cut-price school uniforms. It was great to be able to attend their launch day stalls in Llangollen and Corwen and I wish them every success on their worthy social and ethical business venture.

Other community events I have attended include the Cynwyd Show, the Johnstown Big Sunday Funday and the Open Day at Bersham Colliery. It’s always good to visit local events like these that bring our community together.