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MP opens opportunity to trade with Taiwan

At a recent meeting with the Representative of Taiwan in Britain, Roger Williams MP invited him to the constituency and in particular the Royal Welsh Show, where he will have the opportunity to meet food producers from right across Wales who may be interested in exporting to Taiwan. Taiwan is a very highly developed country with an impressive history of technological manufacturing.

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MP visits Hospitals and Care Homes for Christmas

Roger Williams MP tries to visit all hospitals and care homes in the constituency towards Christmas to thank the staff for their hard work and to wish the patients and residents a Happy Christmas. On Monday Roger Williams MP visited Ystradgynlais Hospital and Cwrt Enfys Care Home.

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Roger Williams MP Launches Report on Gurkha Welfare and Pensions at No. 10

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Roger Williams MP launched the House of Commons All Party Parliamentary Group on Gurkha Welfare’s report into the grievances of Gurkha veterans. Following many oral evidence sessions and written submissions the Group has now published their report. The Group recognises many grievances have been proved to be correct and have asked the Government to investigate and pay compensation where necessary.

On the substantial issue of equalisation of Gurkha pensions with other members of the British Armed Forces the Group cannot make any recommendations, because of the past and indeed ongoing action in British Courts and the European Courts.

This week Roger Williams MP met with the Director of the Gurkha Welfare Trust, William Shuttlewood, and had a full and frank exchange of views. Roger accepted that there were some disaffected Gurkhas, but also that there were some valid concerns, including having Gurkha representation on the managing board of the Gurkha Welfare Trust. There was a commitment to look at the report and Roger Williams MP was happy that the Gurkha Welfare Trust would work to ensure that any issues of fairness would be addressed. Roger Williams MP thanked Mr Shuttlewood for the meeting that clarified many of the issues that had been raised.

Commenting Roger Williams, Lib Dem MP for Brecon and Radnorshire said:

“I am pleased that the Prime Minister will now receive the report that we have written and that the Government will address the concerns that we have highlighted. Many Gurkhas, particularly the veterans who served before 1997 and did not complete their service, receive little or no pension. These matters must be addressed.”

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Welsh Liberal Democrats secure £5.3m for upgrade of Llandrindod Wells Hospital

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The Welsh Liberal Democrats have today secured a £5.3m upgrade for Llandrindod Wells hospital.  This funding, established due to the Welsh Liberal Democrats agreeing to allow the  Welsh Government’s annual budget to pass, means there would be additional 6,500 out-patient appointments each year, allowing local staff the opportunity to maximise their skills and treat more people closer to home. 

 

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Happy Dashain

Roger Williams MP, the Mayor of Brecon and the Chairman of the Ghurkha Welfare Trust in Wales were present at a celebration of Dashain with the Mandalay Platoon of Ghurkhas who are based in the Infantry Battle School in Dering Lines.

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'Wales Retail Relief' Business Rates scheme

I would like to make you aware that retailers and food and drink premises in Powys can apply for a business rates relief that could cut their Business Rates by up to £1,000 for 2014-2015 financial year. 

 

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Vince meets local Business Success Story

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Top businesses across Brecon & Radnorshire met with the Lib Dem Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Vince Cable MP. Meeting with Brecon based manufacturer Nerak-Wiese, debunking the myth that Britain doesn’t make anything anymore was at the top of the agenda.

Vince Cable joined local Welsh Lib Dem MP Roger Williams as they toured one of our local success stories, Nerak-Wiese. Nerak provides conveyor belt solutions to top firms such as John Lewis, Wrigleys and Cadburys. Since 2005 Nerak-Weise have been exporting their products to China and the middle east.

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“Free parking should come with New Cancer Facility,” says MP

Welsh Lib Dem MP for Brecon & Radnorshire has called upon Hereford Hospital to take on government advice and reduce their charges for parking at Hereford Hospital. 

The Coalition Government has called upon hospitals to reduce or abolish their charges at their car parks. For many years now parking at Welsh hospitals has been free but across the border this is not the case. With new services and investment being put into Hereford Hospital such as top of the range radiotherapy unit, more Welsh patients are expected to cross the border to use services in England.

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Vince meets top local Business People

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Top businesses across Brecon & Radnorshire met with the Lib Dem Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Vince Cable MP. Raising the VAT threshold was at the top of the agenda for many hoteliers and restaurant owners.

Vince Cable joined local Welsh Lib Dem MP Roger Williams at the meeting with local micro, small and medium enterprises, where they were told how the Liberal Democrats in Government can continue to rebalance the UK economy by supporting small business owners in mid Wales.

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Welsh Lib Dems warn of collapse in beef prices

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have warned that the recent collapse in beef and lamb prices could leave the industry in Wales unsustainable.

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