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Vaughan Gething AM lays out his reasons for voting in the European Union referendum.

 

Today the UK will go to the polls to decide on a question of generational importance. Over the next few hours voters will decide whether or not we remain a member of the European Union.

 

I’ve been disappointed by the nature and tone of the debate, with a number of extreme statements from both sides. There has been too much focus on the internal divisions with the Conservative party and not enough focus on the practical impact upon the future of our country. There was an opportunity to have a reasoned debate about our place in the world, sadly I think that has been missed.

 

It may not seem like it but this referendum is about much more than immigration. Apart from anything else if we leave but still want to trade with the EU then free movement would still apply – just as it does in Norway. The impact of leaving would go much further than making a protest about immigration. I will not line up alongside the mean spirited campaign of intolerance that has disfigured the leave campaign. The economic impact of leaving has become ever clearer and ever more damaging. Countless business leaders and trade union leaders have made clear their opposition to leaving. There is an unprecedented amount of agreement from economists that the British economy – that’s jobs and people’s wallets – would suffer if we left.

 

You know there’s a powerful argument when a Conservative Prime Minister and socialist leaders of trade unions line up together to agree that the UK is better off in the European Union. This is the positive case for us to go to the polls today and vote remain. Quite simply, we are better off in.

 

Despite the broad consensus that we are all financially better off in the European Union, it is important not to lose sight of why this organisation was created in the first place. It was not, as is often portrayed, an idea conducted on foreign shores to exert control over the UK. It was an idea spearheaded by British political leaders - including Sir Winston Churchill - after the Second World War, to ensure a continent that had been at constant conflict never experienced these horrors again. In this regard, it has been a remarkable success. After hundreds of years of bitter wars, European Union member states now conduct their debates in a diplomatic, democratic fashion – not on a battlefield.

 

The European Union isn’t perfect. It can often feel too remote, too disconnected from our communities. This has to change. However it has much to commend it. It helps to bring prosperity and protection for workers to the UK. It has been described as the most successful peace project in human history.

 

Where it is flawed, I would rather stay in and fight our corner than quit. I will be voting to remain today, and I hope you’ll join me.

Vote Remain on June 23rd

  Vaughan Gething AM lays out his reasons for voting in the European Union referendum.   Today the UK will go to the polls to decide on a question of generational...

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The local charity Rumney Forum has been moving from strength to strength recently. For the second year in a row, the charity has brought a beach to the heart of Rumney. The car park of Rumney Chapel (on the corner of Wentloog Road and Brachdy Road) was transformed with the use of over four tonnes of sand.

The event included paddling pools, donkey rides, candy floss and ice cream – and all money raised is to be used for the Forum’s campaign to turn the old branch library into a community space.

The Library Project is also gathering a head of steam, and I am proud to support it. The Rumney Forum hopes to turn the old library into a community space with rentable rooms, a play area, computers, a cafe, and a free equipment, toy and book library.

If you want to get involved with Rumney Forum, you can email them at hello@rumneyforum.org or call 02920250998. You can also find them on Twitter at @rumneyforum and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/rumneyforum/.

Rumney Forum goes from strength to strength

  The local charity Rumney Forum has been moving from strength to strength recently. For the second year in a row, the charity has brought a beach to the heart...

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It’s been an eventful few weeks in the Senedd. After the successful nomination of Carwyn Jones as First Minister, the business of putting together a new Welsh Government began.

 

The resulting cabinet is one that more than ever reflects the talent and people in Wales. Of the Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers appointed, 45% were women. There is more work to do on this but Wales continues to be one of the top performing countries in the world in terms of women’s representation.

 

The new Cabinet also has a dynamic feel to it, with all 7 of the Cabinet Secretaries new to their roles. This refreshed Government is well-placed to tackle new challenges and deliver on new pledges.

 

I was also delighted to be appointed as the new Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport. From an ageing population to Conservative-imposed cuts, NHS Wales faces challenges. I am however optimistic about our ability to face them. Helping people lead healthier lives will help manage the growing demand from an ageing population. The inclusion of sport within the health brief is an important step in making this a reality.

 

If the past few weeks have been dominated by the elections to the National Assembly and the resulting fallout, the focus for the next few will surely be the upcoming referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union. This is of vital importance to the National Assembly and Wales as a whole.

 

The European Union is a vital support mechanism for the Assembly. Many of our most successful projects have been made possible through European funding. Since 2000, Wales has received more than £4bn of European funding – making Wales one of the biggest net beneficiaries from the UK’s membership of the EU.

                                 

Last year it was announced that the Welsh Government would create 52,000 apprenticeships. An opportunity, predominantly for young people, to earn a wage and develop their skills. This can only be a good thing for people undertaking the apprenticeships, the businesses taking them on, and the wider Welsh economy. This project will cost £144m in total, with £73m of that being provided by EU structural funds. This is just one example of how Wales would lose out if there is a vote to leave on the 23rd June.

 

One of the most successful Welsh Government programmes, Jobs Growth Wales, is also funded by the EU. The programme funds job opportunities for young people, again with a benefit to both the business and employee. Again, the EU is at the heart of this, and this programme will be at serious risk with we vote to leave.

 

Wales is a net benefactor from the European Union. And that’s just taking into account direct transfer of funds – never mind the huge benefits from being able to sell to the world’s largest market. It’s vital for Wales’ future that we vote to remain in the European Union on June 23rd.

Cabinet Reshuffle and European Referendum

  It’s been an eventful few weeks in the Senedd. After the successful nomination of Carwyn Jones as First Minister, the business of putting together a new Welsh Government began....


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