As a strong believer in the value of quality, local journalism, I’m delighted to have the opportunity to write in the Caerphilly Observer for the first time. Many of you will be aware of the tragic circumstances which led me to being elected as your Plaid Cymru regional representative following the death of my dear friend and colleague Steffan Lewis. I will never be able to replace Steffan nor would I want to, but what I will do is continue with his excellent work in campaigning for economic and social justice for the people of the south east.
Last week I had the privilege to meet the former miners fighting for fair access to their pension funds. Thanks to Steffan’s work they collected 100,000 signatures for their petition, which means the UK Government will now be forced to respond to their concerns. I wish them all the best and will continue to offer them my full support in their fight for justice.