South Wales East AM Lindsay Whittle’s blog: May 21, 2015
In his regular blog for Caerphilly Observer South Wales East AM Lindsay Whittle gives his take on recent news.
I was one of the hundreds of people that were present at a remembrance service to mark the life of Ray Davies at Bedwas Workmen’s Hall.
I’ve known Ray for many decades from the days we both sat on Mid Glamorgan County and Rhymney Valley councils.
While we disagreed politically on a few issues, we also agreed on others. No one could challenge Ray’s commitment to the people he represented and, more broadly, the oppressed.
He campaigned for years on the plight of the Palestinian people, fought the apartheid regime in South Africa and also stood up strongly against nuclear weapons and more recently the bedroom tax. He was also a great supporter of the Welsh language.
Ray was a colourful character who will be missed and it was typical that he donated his body to medical science so that others might benefit.
Donations at the service were made to Ray’s Lift Fund so access to the hall could be provided for those whose who are disabled. That is desperately needed.
On July 4 a celebration of Ray Davies life and legacy will be held at the Temple of Peace in Cardiff.
While all the attention was on the outcome of the UK general election on May 7, there was good news for Plaid Cymru on Caerphilly Town Council.
The Party of Wales candidate, Simon Morgan, comfortably won a by-election in the Watford ward. Simon polled almost 200 votes more than the nearest challenger, Labour. He will do an excellent job on behalf of the community.
Congratulations also to my colleague, Phil Bevan, on his election as mayor of the town for the next 12 months, and to the deputy mayor, Steve Kent. I’m sure they will all do the town proud.
Trecenydd Fun Day
It was a pleasure to support with Community Councillors Carl Coombes and Michelle Britton, the Trecenydd fun day which saw plenty of football played on the park by both adults and children. Well done to those residents that organised the event. These sort of events help bring communities closer together.
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