In her latest blog for Caerphilly Observer, Islwyn AM Rhianon Passmore pays tribute to the victims of yesterday’s London terror attacks, discusses tackling modern slavery, checks progress on the new ‘superschool’, and visits defence firm General Dynamics.
I write this column at a time of mourning for a brave police officer, Keith Palmer, who died in the line of duty protecting our democracy and its institutions. Here at the Assembly, women and men put their lives on the line to protect us all and the democratic way of life we hold so dear. This week of all weeks their dedication, professionalism and sense of duty is in our minds. Rest in peace Keith. To those who seek to undermine our way of life my message is clear – We Are Not Afraid.
On Wednesday March 22, I attended a Gwent Anti-Slavery Seminar at Rodney Parade in Newport. It was hosted by Jeff Cuthbert, the Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner. The event brought together attendees from various public and private organisations. Most of us would consider slavery was abolished in the 19th century with the passing of the Slavery Abolition Act 1833. That Act abolished slavery through the British Empire. Yet sadly slavery is an endemic problem in some industries and in some parts of the world.