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Mark Drakeford AM. Here to help you.

On Thursday May 5 2016, the people of Cardiff West returned Mark to the National Assembly For Wales. Mark is extremely grateful for and humbled by their support, and will continue to work hard to return the trust placed in him.

If you live in Cardiff West – whoever you voted for – Mark is always available to help and support you should you need him. He or his colleague Kevin Brennan MP are at the Ely and Caerau Community Hub every Saturday 10am – 1230pm. You can attend without an appointment.

You can also contact him at his office on 029 2022 3207, by e-mail on [email protected], or visit 395 Cowbridge Road East, Canton CF5 1JG (Mark cannot guarantee availability – it is advisable to book an appointment in advance).

AM WITHDRAWS FALSE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST MARK DRAKEFORD AM

Following strong pressure for him to correct the Assembly’s records, Plaid Cymru Assembly Member for South Wales Central and Cardiff Councillor Neil McEvoy has withdrawn recent comments made in the Senedd. Mr McEvoy had made allegations that Mark Drakeford had at one point taken three salaries: as a Minister in the Welsh Government, Assembly Member, and as a ‘further education lecturer’. This is entirely false, as Mark Drakeford ceased his employment with Cardiff University on the day that he was invited to join the Cabinet as Health Minister in March 2013. Mr McEvoy said, in an email to Mark Drakeford, the Assembly’s Presiding Officer and the Leader of the House, that: “I was not correct in stating your 3 roles were Minister, Cardiff University lecturer and Cardiff West Assembly Member… The employment with Cardiff University ceased when you became Minister. I therefore withdraw the comment.” Mr McEvoy also admitted that he had mistakenly accused Mark, on social media and in Cardiff Council’s debating chamber, of being an ‘unregistered landlord’, despite him not being a landlord at all. Mark Drakeford said: “Being an Assembly Member brings with it obligations to behave in a way that is consistent Read more [...]

Victoria Park Splash Pad opens

Mark had fun visiting the fantastic new Splash Pad in Victoria Park.

He went to the official opening with local Canton Councillors Cook, Elsmore and Patel, and the Lord Mayor.

Most importantly, also in attendance were dozens of local school children. It was lovely to see them shrieking and dancing away. Splashing under the giant bucket seemed to be the early favourite feature!

Congratulations to Cardiff West winners of Volunteer Awards

I was really privileged to be able to attend the 2016 Wales Volunteer of the Year Awards today, organised the WCVA. All really inspiring winners, of all ages across Wales, doing great things for our Welsh communities. The judges told me the most difficult decisions were to leave anyone out at all. It was heart-warming to see such fantastic community spirit and selflessness on display. I’d like to congratulate and draw attention to the three award winners from here in Cardiff West.   Marie Williams Single mum Marie has transformed her experience of difficulties into expertise she uses to help others in the same situation. Marie, 32, from Riverside, volunteers with the Creating Connections self-management project for single parents, a Mental Health Foundation programme supporting lone parents to develop skills, strategies and networks for maintaining their mental health and wellbeing.   Ceriann Goddard Ceriann took over running the Wyndham Street Diner in Riverside when it closed in 2014 after funding was cut. She brought people together to decorate the centre – and won a grant from Dulux to provide the paint - run training to equip volunteers with the skills to carry out their roles and encouraged Read more [...]

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