Tonia Antoniazzi MP praises Gower farmers at National Farmers’ Union reception
Newly-elected MP for Gower Tonia Antoniazzi has praised the role of farmers in Gower community life at the National Farmers’ Union reception in Parliament. The reception, held on the House of Commons Terrace, was for Parliamentarians to learn more about the work that the National Farmers’ Union does. Tonia highlighted the pivotal role that farmers play across Wales, but particularly in her Gower constituency.
“We hope to continue to work closely with Tonia”.
Ms Antoniazzi said "Farming plays a pivotal role in everyone's lives across the UK, but nowhere is this more true than in Gower. Not only does farming play a huge role in our local economy, but also in its contribution to our community. Local farms hold events such as hands-on open days for schools that are invaluable experiences for schoolchildren. That's why I back Welsh farming".
NFU Cymru Deputy President, John Davies said: “We are very grateful to Tonia Antoniazzi who attended our MP Summer Reception at the House of Commons. The event was a great opportunity to meet Parliamentarians from all parties and to share our ambitions for the future of Welsh agriculture.
“Welsh farming is the cornerstone of the food and drink sector worth £6.1 billion, it employs 58,300 people and provides the backdrop to the £2.8 billion Welsh tourism industry. Therefore it’s vital that the industry is recognised by Government for the massive contribution it makes to the well-being of Wales.
“Farming is arguably the industry which will be most affected by Brexit, therefore having an opportunity to meet with key decision makers, as Brexit negotiations get underway, was a huge benefit to us. We hope to continue to work closely with Tonia and all MPs to ensure we get the right deal for Welsh farmers post-Brexit.”
Tonia Antoniazzi MP has praised the work of Awel-Y-Mor care centre, located in her Gower constituency, on the centre’s 25th anniversary. Ms Antoniazzi visited the care centre in her first official visit as Gower’s constituency MP.
Awel-Y-Mor welcomes young physically disabled adults with complex disabilities following traumatic or acquired brain injury, spinal injury or degenerative disease. It also provides care for up to three clients with learning disabilities, 15 elderly frail clients and has the facilities to care for bariatric clients.
Andrew Stevens, the Mayor of Penyrheol, was also in attendance.
“I want to work with local establishments like Awel-Y-Mor to help the people of Gower constituency”.
Tonia said: “It was great to be able to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this fantastic Gower institution with the staff who so often they go above and beyond to provide care, and the residents who make it the fantastic community that it is. I’d like to thank them all for their welcome. I want to work with local establishments like Awel-Y-Mor to help the people of Gower”.
The Tories have quietly ditched their commitment to the Tidal Lagoon, hoping the people of Swansea won't notice. Only Welsh Labour will fight for it now.
Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon will bring more than 30,000 jobs and much needed investment to Wales and make the UK a world leader in tidal energy.
The Tidal Lagoon embodies a development for the many, not the few - and Tonia is leading the fight in Gower to build it. Whilst the Tories have no mention of the Tidal Lagoon in their manifesto and are dodging questions on it, Welsh Labour has reaffirmed its commitment on page one. Only a strong Labour MP can hold the government to account.
Since the announcement of the Tidal Lagoon last January, nothing has happened. We have been told that the decision has been sitting on the PMs desk for sign off. There are less than three months to ensure the project can start next year. Investment is at risk if there is no decision.
The Tory candidate has let us down. He appears to have little or no influence with his political masters in London who seem happy to drag their heels. The Tory candidate limply says he is 'looking forward' to fighting for the project. Labour candidate Tonia says:
"Rather than look ahead to a fight, the Tory Government should have delivered on their promises by now. They delayed the signing of the £1.3bn City Deal for selfish political reasons and appear to be doing the same with the Tidal Lagoon. The people of Swansea have already been waiting for more than a year for him to act and his credibility is at zero on this issue with the electorate.
"I've read the Hendry Report in detail, and worked on a project with my pupils on the issue of tidal lagoons. Charles Hendry is on record as saying the Government should 'get on with building the Swansea lagoon and get on with it now'. He could not be clearer.
"This is an investment in our children and our grandchildren. This is about employment and opportunities in Gower. It is a lifeline to Wales."
Tonia Antoniazzi, Welsh Labour's candidate for Gower, has challenged Byron Davies for standing up for the super-rich and failing the rest of us
Tonia said that she has listened to many Gower voters who are currently struggling and are afraid for their future. She said, “I know that people are concerned with local issues but they are also concerned with the big issues that affect most families in the UK. Byron Davies has campaigned on a number of local issues which are clearly important and has criticised both the local Council and Welsh Government but has not been able to answer those many working families who are finding life hard at the moment and struggling to make ends meet.
“Too many of us are in low-paid and insecure work. Too many of us fear our children will not enjoy the same opportunities that we have.
“We have heard about some people who are in work but still need to use food banks and there are many older people financially supporting their children and grandchildren.”
“Why did he vote to public services, to cut £30 a week from disabled people and why did he vote to rob thousands of Gower women from their pension?”
Ms Antoniazzi also questioned the MP’s voting record on measures to tackle tax avoidance and tax evasion.
Tonia Antoniazzi said: "You and I pay our taxes. So should big companies and the super-rich.
"In Parliament, the Conservative MP for Gower has had the chance to take action on tax avoidance and evasion to ensure that the very wealthy pay their fair share. This would have meant more money for the NHS and local services.
"Instead, the MP has consistently fought the corner of the super-rich and voted against every measure to help deal with avoidance and evasion.
"If elected to represent Gower, I promise to be in the corner of ordinary working people."
I was surprised to see Byron Davies on your letters pages claiming that he had not voted in favour of fracking underneath Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (Fri 19th May).
Allow me to refresh his memory.
On 16th December 2015, Byron Davies cast his vote in favour of allowing companies to place their drilling rigs on the edge of AONBs and then to frack horizontally underneath them.
Byron's voting history, of which he claims to be proud, is all on the public record. Alongside his support for fracking, his record includes repeated votes to block action on tax avoidance and evasion, and votes against abolishing the 'tampon tax.' I am not sure this what the people of Gower expected when they sent him to be their voice in Westminster.
I am a well-respected professional woman who is hard working and approachable. I do not base my literature on untruths. I only deal with the facts.
Welsh Labour candidate for Gower Constituency
Voting Tory will end up costing the earth.
As residents of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the people of Gower know that only too well.
A vote for Labour candidate Tonia Antoniazzi is the only choice for those who care about the fragile peninsula environment.
The track record of Tory candidate Byron Davies and his political masters in London is dismal.
They have been driven by a will to put big business first.
Davies voted AGAINST measures to prevent climate change.
And his failure to oppose fracking in AONBs is against the interests of Gower residents.
Tonia, the only female candidate in an all-male field, will stand up for issues the voters care about.
She is a lead campaigner for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.
The development would make the area a world leader in renewable energy.
It would guarantee jobs and energy security for generations to come.
The Green party is not running in the Gower constituency.
Tonia, says: the lure of party donations appears to be more important than the safety of his constituency.
Tonia Antoniazzi, Welsh Labour's general election candidate for Gower, has welcomed the launching of a major new campaign promoting Wales as a fantastic country for nurses to train, work and live.
The campaign starts with the announcement that NHS Bursaries for eligible student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals will continue to be available in Wales in 2018/19. In England, bursaries have been scrapped by the Tory government.
The bursary will be based upon individuals committing in advance to taking up the opportunity to work in Wales, post qualification, for a period of two years.
The recruitment campaign forms part of the Welsh Labour Government’s commitment to take action to attract and train more nurses, GPs and other health professionals across Wales. It follows the successful recent GP recruitment campaign, which saw a 16% increase in GP training places filled.
Tonia Antoniazzi said:
“This campaign is great news for the Welsh NHS and patients in Gower.
“It is signals the Welsh Labour Government’s commitment to the training and development of nurses, midwives and other professionals working in our NHS. Compare that to the approach of the Tories who have scrapped nursing bursaries in England, and whose language on Brexit is frightening healthcare professionals away.
“Gower is a great place to live and train and I look forward to seeing the positive impact on numbers of nurses midwives and allied health professionals in our Swansea hospitals."
Notes to editors:
The international campaign will target newly qualified and experienced registered nurses, as well as those who may be considering returning to the profession. The Train, Work, Live campaign will be represented at the RCN Congress in Liverpool from May 13 -17.
It is supported with a single telephone point of contact for all enquiries and online through thewww.trainworklive.wales website. People interested in working in Wales can ring: 01443 848 576 for more details.
In his most recent newsletter, Byron Davies, the Gower Conservative Candidate for the General Election said that he was ‘looking forward’ to fighting for residents to ensure among other things, the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.
It has been well-reported that the Swansea tidal lagoon programme offers a significant economic opportunity for Gower, Swansea and Wales and it seems strange that Gower’s MP has said that he was ‘looking forward’ to fighting for a project that Swansea has been waiting for with baited breath for over a year.
Last January, former energy minister Charles Hendry published his findings into the proposed project off the coast of Swansea, saying that it should be the first in a series of larger lagoons around the UK coast - creating a new £15bn industry in tidal energy.
Four months later, and Swansea is still waiting for the decision of the UK Government.
Tonia Antoniazzi, Labour’s candidate for Gower expressed surprise at Byron Davies’ stance. “ Rather than look ahead to a fight, Byron and the Tory Government should have delivered by now on the promises made to invest in the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.
Having read the Hendry report in detail, and having worked on a Welsh Baccalaureate project with my pupils on the issue of tidal lagoons, it is clear that this is an investment in our future generations, our children and our grandchildren. This is about employment and opportunities in Gower and Wales and it is a lifeline to Wales.
As an old proverb says: Promises are like the full moon, if they are not kept at once they diminish day by day. There is no never ending pot of private investment that can keep the project on hold until Teresa May’s Government decides to invest. The BBC reported in February this year that Tidal Lagoon Power needed an answer within 6 – 8 weeks. If we do not have a commitment from the Tories in the next three months then we are under threat of losing this investment. “
Reacting to Theresa May's support for a return to fox-hunting, Welsh Labour's Gower candidate, Tonia Antoniazzi said:
“Welsh Labour’s position on fox hunting remains the same as always – it’s an outdated, barbaric practice which has nothing to do with pest control and everything to do with bloodlust and cruelty.
“Theresa May’s comments show how out of touch the Tories are with the people of Wales, who by a huge margin support Welsh Labour’s continued opposition to fox hunting. On June 8th, people in Wales will have the chance to reject Tory plans like this – and the only way to do that is voting Welsh Labour.”