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MP Enjoys Llantwit Major Fayre

There were stalls offering a variety of locally made produce; charities were represented on site and stalls offered fun and entertainment for all. Alun tried his best to hit the bell in the hammer ‘test your strength’ game, hosted by Llantwit and Cowbridge Lions. He also helped local Conservatives raise money for the Air Ambulance by joining them on at a coconut shy.

Freeview Disruption

Local MP Alun Cairns has highlighted that mobile coverage across Barry and Vale is set to improve, with new 4G technology, offering much faster download speeds. He points out, however that a small number of local residents may see a slight television interference, for which filters will be made available. 

Unemployment Falls Yet Again

Unemployment in Barry and the Vale has fallen to a claimant count of 3.7%, according to the latest data from the Office of National Statistics. Vale MP, Alun Cairns has welcomed the news stating that he was pleased to see the long term economic plan having a real impact locally. 

MP Visits Elder Abuse Awareness Event

Alun Cairns MP last week called in to support the Vale 50+ Strategy Forum Elder Abuse Awareness event at Gwenog Court, Barry.This year’s event follows on from the successful exhibition held in Barry Library. The Vale MP and visitors were able to find out useful information from organisations such as Prostate Cancer UK, Age Connects Advocy Team, I.T Support, VOGC Community Safety and Telecare in the Vale. 

MP joins local residents at No 10

Barry residents Jean and Sid Pycroft, joined Alun Cairns MP in a visit to Number 10 Downing Street in honour of their outstanding contribution to SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death from Epilepsy).

Local Resident to get Ushakov Medal

On the day that the D-Day commemorations were being marked, Local MP Alun Cairns visited 90 year old Roy Williams to deliver the news that he was to be awarded the Ushakov Medal for his services during the Second World War. Alun had been approached by Roy Williams following a story that had been run by the Gem in November 2012.

Terrace Proposal

Alun Cairns MP was delighted last week to organise one of the most unusual requests from a constituent.

Local Fundraiser Visits Parliament

Local Marie Curie Cancer Care fundraiser, Susan Borges and her sister Karen visited Parliament last week for a tour of the Palace of Westminster.This year, Marie Curie Nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals will care for more than 2,250 people with a terminal illness as well as provide support for their families across Wales. Across the UK, Marie Curie provide care that is free of charge and available to anyone with any terminal illness, not just cancer.

Local Resident Enjoys Work Experience

Fourteen year old Nils Langlois from Troes recently completed a week’s work experience in the local MPs constituency office in Barry.Vale MP said that he was extremely impressed with Nils, who reminded him of William Hague who addressed the Conservative Party conference at the same age.

National Citizen Service Scheme Launched in Wales

A new National Citizen Service (NCS) is being launched in Wales over the coming months local MP, Alun Cairns has confirmed.The local MP said that the NCS helps 16 and 17 year olds from different backgrounds build skills for work and life, as young people take on new challenges and meet new friends. Running through spring, summer and autumn participants spend a short time away from home and take part in a team project that will help the community.