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MP welcomes Cardiff Sports Trust grant for new equipment

Business of the House 22nd October 2020

Kevin Brennan Labour, Cardiff West: Can we have a debate on the proposition that every child matters? I notice that this morning Caroline Ansell, who was a Parliamentary Private Secretary, has resigned from the Government over yesterday’s debate and vote, no doubt because the tone of some of the speeches seemed to undermine that proposition and just wanted to attack the footballer Marcus Rashford who, following what happened said: 

Put aside all the noise, the digs, the party politics and let’s focus on the reality. A significant number of children are going to bed tonight not only hungry but feeling like they do not matter because of comments that have been made today.” 

Every child matters—can we not all agree on that proposition?

Jacob Rees-Mogg, Leader of the House of Commons: Of course we can agree that every child matters. It is a fundamental view of all civilised people. It is not a party political issue. It is not a Government/Opposition matter. The debate yesterday was very clear: it is about how we look after people, not whether we look after people. I would point out that there are 100,000 fewer children in absolute poverty than there were in 2010. There are 780,000 fewer children growing up in a workless household. An additional £1 billion childcare fund giving parents the support and freedom that they need is being established, so the Government are taking great steps to support every child and ensure that every child has the best start in life.

EU Exit: Negotiations and the Joint Committee (19th October 2020)

Kevin Brennan Labour, Cardiff West
We have heard it all now: it is just, according to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, “an unfortunate sequence of events”, otherwise known as the Lemony Snicket defence—all the fault of evil uncle Olaf and his foreign friends. But on the serious point about this, consider how it will affect, for example, our musicians who go on tour. They are usually not part of large operations. They might take their instrument, fly on a budget flight, try to sell some of their merchandise, cross a few borders in the European Union—that is how they scrape a living. They are making no money now. Will he please consider the consequences of no deal, admit that this is not a frivolous issue but a matter of people’s livelihoods, and seriously engage with it rather than take this frivolous and superficial approach?

Michael Gove Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
I am very grateful to the hon. Gentleman, but I certainly would not take a frivolous approach towards the livelihoods of anyone, whether they are freelance musicians or anyone else who contributes to the health, prosperity and economy of this country. That is one of the reasons why we are so anxious to secure an agreement with the European Union and why we have been working so hard and in such a dedicated fashion in the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee. I mentioned earlier that as a result of the progress that we have made with Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, the rights of 4 million EU citizens in the UK are now guaranteed, as are the rights of over 1 million citizens of the UK in the EU. More needs to be done to ensure that we can have a free trade agreement, but I absolutely take seriously the rights of citizens—whether they are, as I say, freelancers or others—to continue to be able to work and live freely.

Kevin Brennan recently met with a local artist whose artwork will feature on a new Sky Arts programme celebrating British landscapes.

Kevin said: "It's great to see that Cardiff West's St Fagans Museum has been recognised in this artwork by landscape artist Brian Ramsey to celebrate landscapes and landmarks across the UK as part of Sky Arts' move to free to air television."

Caerau Ely Sports Trust has been awarded a £1,500 grant helping them to purchase new equipment.

The group received the funding after their local MP Kevin Brennan nominated them for a cash award from Western Power Distribution’s (WPD’s) ‘In This Together – Community Matters Fund’.

The fund was established by the local electricity distributor at the start of lockdown to support grass root organisations deliver care to vulnerable people and families. It initially supported over 300 organisations with £500,000 funding. As the lockdown lifted, WPD extended its support by a further £250,000 and offered MPs the opportunity to put forward a community group or charity for a grant to help towards its work to support the community during these challenging times.

Carl Meredith, Trust Chairperson said: “During lockdown, we could not run any sessions at all and our funding stream was non-existent, the grant from WPD has enabled us to be ready to support our community as soon as we are again allowed and to put all our voluntary resource into this rather than fundraising.”

Kevin Brennan MP for Cardiff West said:"The Caerau and Ely Sports Trust is a grassroots initiative triggered by the desire of local clubs to save the disused pavillion on Trelai Park. Working with the area’s elected representatives they raised the funds to do the work to bring the pavilion back into use.  As a result hundreds of local children and grown ups are able to use these facilities to the benefit of all.  Any extra funding they receive will be of huge benefit to the community in this area which faces multiple economic and social challenges."

Alison Sleightholm, WPD’s Resources & External Affairs Director, said: “Throughout this crisis we have worked tirelessly to support our local communities and keep the energy flowing to our nearly 7.8 million customers. The crisis is far from over and as we enter the next phase of the UK’s response to the pandemic, we’re delighted that Kevin Brennan MPs has nominated deserving causes for up to £1,500 of funding.  

“We’re proud that, so far, we have been able to fund nearly X00 charities and groups within our area. Through the extension of our fund and with the fantastic support of our MPs, we’re able to support even more organisations doing valuable community work.”