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Newport West … A Test Case for the UK ?


If You Live on the West Side of Newport, You will Notice there’s a Local Election Happening, this thursday sees a by-election for a traditionally labour held seat in newport west, to represent them in an ever decisive parliament, The newly elected MP will join parliament a week before the uk is set to leave the EU.

The Election has seen a lot more national coverage than elections of the past, and as labour have Quoted on their campaign flyers ” Its either the tories or us ” it appears this by election may be decided on voter a base disillusioned with national party politics.

The amount of campaign efforts from all parties signifies the importance of this election and how the public react in a 56% leave city, Flyers are coming through our letterboxes like never before and jeremy corbyn was in the city to campaign alongside ruth jones in a bid to win the seat.

The Candidates for the Newport West & Stance on EU Exit are as follows :

Labour | ruth Jones : Pro Remain
Grew-up in the Newport West estate of the Gaer. She is a trained physiotherapist who became a full-time trade union official in 2016.

“There is a danger that the national papers and the media will see it as a Brexit by-election, but the people of Newport West will be looking to replace their much-loved MP,”

Conservatives | Matthew Evans : Pro Leave
The Conservative candidate is Matthew Evans – the 55-year-old is leader of Newport council’s Tory group who led the authority between 2008 and 2012.

Mr Evans Said he’s “campaigning hard for the M4 relief road”. “I’m very passionate about the city,” he said, focusing his campaign on his “track record” as a civic politician.
He also said the councillor was instrumental in ensuring Newport’s Friars Walk shopping centre was delivered, and will ensure that free parking comes back to the city centre.

Plaid Cmryu | Jonathan Clark : Pro remain
Born in what is now the Celtic Manor Resort, when it was a hospital, the 53-year-old has lived in Newport most of his life. He works in NHS recruitment.

“We’re looking to develop the Plaid presence in the city and give people a real choice when it comes to this election,” he said.
“Because – at the moment – Westminster has pretty much lost the plot over various party infighting and all the rest of it.”

UKIP | Neil Hamilton : Pro Leave
UKIP Wales leader formerly led it in the assembly before he was ousted last year and served as a Tory MP for the English seat of Tatton up to 1997.

“My feeling is neither the Labour candidate or the Tory candidate will want to talk about Brexit,” he said, stating his party would be happy if the UK left the EU without a deal.
“The important issue here is for Britain to become a self-governing democracy once again.”

Lib Dems | Ryan Jones : Pro Remain
Liberal Democrat candidate Ryan Jones, 32, is a company director of a construction company in Newport.

“Newport has been presented with this golden opportunity, with the tolls being axed from the Severn Bridge, making it possible to attract new businesses to Newport,” he said.
“But one of the things Newport is lacking is investment in infrastructure,” claiming that was because it returns Labour politicians.

Renew | June Davies : Pro Remain
The party said it was set up by a “small, determined group of people who were politically homeless”.

“People aren’t political engaged as a whole. They might have viewpoints that lead them towards Labour or the Conservatives, but most people I speak to are really disenchanted with everything going on”

Green | Amelia Womack : Pro Remain
supports a further referendum and is opposed to the M4 relief road.

“A Green New Deal would create jobs, help people out of poverty and give the Newport economy a massive boost.”


SDP | Ian Mclean : Pro Leave
Mr McLean said he hoped this would attract pro-Brexit voters disenchanted with both Labour and the Conservatives.

SFB | Hugh Nicklin : Pro Leave
founded by anti-Islam activist and former UKIP leadership candidate Anne Marie Waters.

Are you a Newport West Resident ? How will you vote on thursday ? let us know in the comments


Knife Amnesty in Newport #OpSpectre


From today (11th March 2019), knife surrender bins will be placed in six main stations across Gwent to reduce, and help to prevent, weapons on our streets.

This week’s action is part of a wider national campaign Operation Sceptre which aims to educate people about the dangers associated with using and carrying knives.

Members of the public will be able to deposit knives in secure bins throughout Gwent at the following stations:
– Newport Central
– Monmouth
– Blackwood
– Ebbw Vale
– Cwmbran

Please ensure the blade is wrapped before depositing it by using cardboard, bubble wrap or something similar.
As well as the knife surrender, officers will also be increasing the use of their stop and search powers by actively stopping and targeting those acting suspiciously on our streets.

Superintendent Glyn Fernquest said, “We are always happy to give our support to this national campaign. Crimes involving knives area rare in Gwent, but this surrender shows that we take positive action to try and prevent offences by removing them before any harm is caused. I hope this surrender is an opportunity to cleanse our streets of these weapons. If you know a friend or family member who carries a knife or any bladed weapon, urge them to surrender it in one of our bins. Every knife handed in is one less that can potentially be used on the streets of Gwent.”

If you have information about anyone carrying or using knives, please contact us by calling 101, direct messaging us on Facebook or Twitter, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always dial 999.

Smaller Bins to Rollout in Newport


Information explaining how to recycle will be sent out to residents

From April Newport City Council will be limiting the amount of rubbish collected from households in a bid to encourage people to recycle items that would otherwise end up being sent to landfill.

Each year the council spends £2.2M disposing of waste. Currently over half the contents of rubbish bins contain items of easily recyclable materials, food or garden waste.

The front page of the March edition of Newport Matters has a handy reference guide to highlight where these items should be placed.

New smaller 120Litre wheeled bins will be rolled out over a three month period, replacing the existing bins. Further information explaining how to recycle will be sent out to residents ahead of delivery.

The council acknowledges there are many residents in Newport who are keen recyclers however it is those residents who don’t recycle that the council hopes to reach.

A spokesperson said: “Recycling rates in Newport have improved dramatically over the last 15 years and now sit at 60 per cent.

“We know Newport is already one of the best performing cities in the UK for recycling, however in order to meet Welsh Government targets of 70 per cent – and to avoid heavy financial penalties – we need to do more.”

Easily recyclable items (paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, cans and tins, glass bottles and jars), food waste and green waste will no longer be allowed in household rubbish bins.

Whilst the majority of residents already make regular use of the recycling service, the council now requires everyone to segregate their recycling.

The new smaller wheeled bins will act as a clear visual guide to the limit of waste going forward, however we encourage residents to go further and to maximise their recycling and reuse efforts; to help residents achieve this, extra recycling containers can be requested if needed and will be delivered straight away.

A new education and enforcement team will be working with residents who are not recycling or overfilling their rubbish bins.

Restriction on rubbish volumes has already been introduced by the majority of councils in Wales resulting in big improvements in recycling rates.

“We plan to deliver letters and leaflets detailing the roll out of the new bins and we will have more detailed information available to all residents ahead of the changes,” said the spokesperson.

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