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Clarification over recent media reports

Please see below copies of emails between myself and David Davies, Chair of Cardiff West Constituency Labour Party, clarifying my position on the Labour Party leadership Election.   -----Original Message----- From: David Llewellyn Davies Sent: 13 August 2015 13:25 To: Drakeford, Mark (Assembly Member) Cc: Annabelle Harle Subject: Labour Party Leadership Election   Mark, I note that yesterday Leighton Andrews declared his support for Yvette Cooper in the Labour Leadership Election. I had understood that the First Minister felt his Cabinet colleagues were best remaining neutral at least from a public perspective. You followed the neutrality line at the last GC but Kevin was free to declare his position and did so. I wonder given Leighton's intervention if you would now like to do the same?  I think it would be in members interests to know the position of both elected representatives. If you are happy to do this I will ask Annabelle to issue an appropriate communication within the CLP. I look forward to hearing your view. Regards David Llewellyn Davies Chair - Cardiff West Constituency Labour Party     -----Original Message----- From: Drakeford, Mark (Assembly Read more [...]

Recent changes in residential waste management policy by Cardiff Council

I have taken the change in policy by the local authority very seriously. I have met the leader of the council and the cabinet member responsible for waste management in Cardiff, and, separately, Kevin Brennan MP has met the cabinet member with a local resident present. I have no doubt that there are lessons which the council will wish to learn from the way in which all of this has been handled. Behind the specifics, however, there is the very important matter of recycling levels. Failure to meet mandatory recycling levels, set at a European level, results in very significant fines, both for Wales and for Cardiff. This is not a theoretical possibility; it really will happen if recycling levels are not improved. While very many individuals work assiduously to make sure that they recycle as much of their own domestic waste as possible, the collective figures demonstrate that Cardiff falls below the levels achieved by many other communities in Wales. While I understand that there are many different views as to how this position could best be addressed, the council’s actions have been motivated by a wish to improve levels of recycling in the city. As far as the new system itself is concerned, I hope that some small additional flexibility Read more [...]

Six-month countdown to revolutionary organ donor law change in Wales

The six-month countdown until the organ donation law in Wales changes has begun. As the clock ticks down to the revolutionary change, which aims to increase the number of organs available for transplantation, Mark, in his capacity as Health and Social Services Minister, is asking people in Wales to talk about organ donation and help raise awareness about the new law. The new system – the first of its kind in the UK – will make it easier for people to make their organ donation wishes clear and could lead to a 25% increase in organ donation. In 2014-15, 12 people in Wales died while waiting for a transplant. There are currently 220 people on the transplant waiting list in Wales. Just over a third of the population (34%) are on the NHS Organ Donor Register. The new law will mean: •From December 1, people aged 18 and over who have lived in Wales for more than 12 months and who die in Wales will be regarded as having consented to organ donation unless they have opted opt. This is called deemed consent •The move is designed to increase the number of potential organ donors and will ultimately increase the number of organs available for transplant •Under the new system, a person will become a potential donor Read more [...]