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Jenny Randerson: No ifs, no buts, Wales must have fair funding

Baroness Randerson
Baroness Randerson

Former Wales Office Minister Baroness Randerson will today call for the UK Government to be bold and enshrine fair funding into the Wales Bill.

Speaking in a debate on devolution she is hosting in the House of Lords, Baroness Randerson will call on the Conservative UK Government to be bolder in its plans for the Wales Bill and will urge the Government to move much faster towards its implementation.

She will also call for the UK Government to:

  • devolve policing;
  • be open to the idea of establishing a separate legal jurisdiction for Wales;
  • devolve youth justice;
  • increase the available energy powers currently on offer; and
  • clarify whether it will be only be publishing a Draft Bill in this parliamentary session.

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Jenny Randerson: Strong partnerships vital to success of the Welsh tourism industry

Baroness Randerson
Baroness Randerson

Lib Dem Wales Minister Jenny Randerson speaks on Welsh tourism during visit to Llanelly House and Llanelli’s Discovery Centre.

During her visit she will also meet with people in West Wales who have benefited from this week’s budget, in particular farmers, first-time buyers and pensioners in the region.

Jenny Randerson said:

The Welsh tourism industry is a great success story for our country, bringing investment and creating jobs across the country. Millions of people travel to Wales every year to see our beautiful scenery, visit our historic buildings and sample our award-winning food and drink.

But our success depends on how well we all pull together to make our combined efforts greater than the sum of its parts. Here in Llanelly House, their innovative approach to working together has achieved fantastic results and I want to see this replicated across Wales.

Tourism is Wales’ second-largest industry and generated £2.3 billion of spending in 2013.

Of the 96.72 million trips taken in Great Britain from January-October 2014, 8.9 per cent of these were to Wales, an increase from the same period in 2013.

The total volume of nights spent in Wales during the first ten months of 2014 was 1.5 per cent up compared with the same period in 2013.

Spending on visits to Wales in the first ten months of 2014 has risen compared with the same period in 2013.

Jenny Randerson will be visiting tourism attractions in Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 March.

As well as visiting the 300-year old Llanelly House following its 10-year restoration project, Baroness Randerson will visit: Llanelli’s Discovery centre where visitors can find out all about the area’s tourism attractions; Burry Port harbour, Wales’ newest marina with a 450-berth facility; Flanagan’s coastline café in Llanelli, famous for its range of ice-cream; Cwmcerrig Farmshop and Grill in Gorslas and the soon to be re-opened Cardigan castle in Ceredigion.

Kate Parminter makes 1000th constituency visit (via Lib Dem Voice)

Kate & Lucy
Baroness Parminter & Lucy Hurds, PPC for Hereford

Early Friday morning, as others made their way to Liverpool for Conference, I set off to Hereford, following in the footsteps of a large number of my colleagues in the Lords. Our local candidate Lucy Hurds has been hugely successful in getting our Peers out of the House of Lords and onto the streets of Hereford including John Shipley, Jenny Randerson, Nigel Jones, Sally Hamwee, Shirley Williams and Chris Fox. She’s clearly been effective in getting others out too and it was great to see a good number of Lucy’s campaign team out with us and working hard to reclaim the seat for the Lib Dems.

Dick Newby, our Chief Whip, called for 1,000 visits to be made before the election. After many months of hard campaigning this was our 1,000th.

On my visit we got a chance to discuss what can be done to help local dairy farmers, supporting renewable energy & rural services and, as the party’s spokesperson on DEFRA matters in the Lords, I got a chance to highlight all the things the Liberal Democrats have been doing over the last 5 years.

The visit gave me an opportunity to talk to local Councillors Anna Toon and Polly Andrews who were keen to hear how local retailers can support local environmental charities and groups as a result of the 5p levy on plastic bags, due to come in this Autumn, which Liberal Democrats have championed in Government.

It was great too to meet newly selected PPC Jeanie Falconer, from the adjacent constituency of North Herefordshire and talk about our evidence based approach to tackling bovine TB and the pilot badger culls.

I also got a chance to visit the local RSPCA branch with Lucy, after Duncan Starling, the local RSPCA chairman and LD campaigner had invited me, as a Vice-President of the organisation. It was fantastic to talk to the local volunteers who are rescuing and rehoming local animals and raising funds through their shop for the vital ‘4th emergency service’ that the RSPCA is. Having had the Control of Horses Bill safely complete its passage through the House of Lords the day before it was good to talk about how Parliament and local action together can help voiceless animals.

Later on in the evening I joined Lucy, Jeanie and the Herefordshire team at spring conference in Liverpool at a reception they’d organised to campaign for fairer funding for rural areas. With some of the best refreshment the county offers (Jeanie runs a vineyard) it was a happy ending to a day spent with some of our indefatigable campaigners!

But there is no rest for the wicked and Dick has now called for a new target, 50,000 doors knocked by election days. Something that our team of 100+ Lords should be able to achieve (with a few cups of tea and some elbow grease). If you want to get a Peer to help out in your campaign, then contact our visit organiser Louise Furness (louise.libdems@gmail.com).

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Jenny Randerson urges young people to get an apprenticeship to boost job prospects during Airbus visit

Baroness Randerson
Baroness Randerson

Lib Dem Wales Minister Jenny Randerson will today (12 March) urge young people in Wales to get an apprenticeship to boost their skills and job prospects during a tour of Airbus’s factory in North Wales.

Airbus has a well deserved reputation for the excellence of their apprenticeship training. During her visit to their site in Broughton, Baroness Randerson will meet Airbus apprentices who are learning key skills on the job helping them to further their careers.

Since 2010, the UK government has developed more than 2 million apprenticeships giving young people the chance to earn and learn on the job while supporting business to create a create a world-class workforce.

The UK government wants more businesses to take on apprentices and so from next year has abolished national insurance contributions for employers hiring trainees aged under 25 – a move which could benefit some 22,000 apprentices in Wales.

Baroness Randerson, who will visit Airbus during National Apprenticeship Week, said:

Apprenticeships offer a fantastic opportunity for young people in Wales to learn a trade first hand and get the practical training they need to boost their job prospects and get on the career ladder.

Employers also tell us that taking on an apprentice has benefited their business. That’s why as a government we are right behind apprenticeships and have made it easier for employers to take on more young trainees.

There are a huge range of high quality apprenticeships available in Wales – like those provided by Airbus – and so I would urge young people to get involved so they can develop the skills they need to really make a success of their career.

During her visit Baroness Randerson will meet Airbus management and hear how the company – one of Wales’s biggest employers – is investing heavily in developing the skills of young people through work experience placements and their apprenticeship programme.

She will also see Airbus’s North Factory where the wings for A350 XWB plane are manufactured, and the West Factory where the wings for the A380 are made.

Jenny Randerson: 650,000 households in Wales can save around £200 by switching energy supplier

Baroness Randerson
Baroness Randerson

650,000 households across Wales are missing out on their share of £2.7 billion by sticking with their energy company.

By shopping around and taking advantage of the best energy deals on the market, millions of people can save around £200 – representing a potential saving of £130 million off bills.

The ‘Power to Switch’ campaign encourages people to switch supplier and save money by visiting www.BeAnEnergyShopper.com

With 26 energy companies on the market and some fixed deals £100 cheaper than they were a year ago, there’s never been a better time to find a great deal, switch and save.

Launching the campaign, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said:

When it comes to switching, the power is in people’s hands to get a better deal and save.

We’ve reformed the market so that there are more suppliers, more competition, and a much faster and simpler process to switch.

That means millions of people can switch supplier and save hundreds of pounds today.

Wales Office Minister Baroness Randerson said:

The ‘Power to Switch’ campaign is a great opportunity for people across Wales

Simply by switching suppliers, people in Wales can keep more of their hard earned money and gain more financial stability.

I would urge consumers to visit the website to see whether switching suppliers could save them money

Jenny Randerson calls for building industry to use energy intelligently and efficiently

Baroness Randerson
Baroness Randerson

Wales Office minister will today (11 February) emphasise the need for the building industry to use energy intelligently and efficiently.

This will help ensure that Wales continues to create a greener built environment – in homes and the workplace – to ultimately save people money.

This will be her key message when she addresses the inaugural Wales Green Building Marketplace taking place today in Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

Organised by RenewableUK Cymru, the event will be an opportunity for over 100 people to hear from experts about the challenges and opportunities facing businesses and individuals in making buildings greener and more energy efficient.

Issues covered include the challenges facing the public sector in delivering large-scale energy-efficient adaptations to buildings, how to get green refurbishment and improvements to your house right first time and advice for landlords about the Renewable Heat Incentive.

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Jenny Randerson’s work is recognised by Welsh Muslim Council

Baroness Randerson
Baroness Randerson

Lib Dem Wales Office Minister Baroness Randerson receives recognition for her services to interfaith relations.

The Muslim Council for Wales has decided that, in recognition for her services to interfaith relations, refugees and asylum-seekers, the minister will be awarded with their Achievement Award 2015.

The Minister will receive her award at the Council’s dinner celebrating UN Word Interfaith Harmony Week at Cardiff City Hall on Wednesday 4 February 2015. Previous recipients include the Rt. Hon. Rhodri Morgan, Lord Dafydd Elis Thomas and Cardinal Cormack Murphy O’Connor.

The event is an historical one as its keynote speaker will be Chief Rabbi Mirvis Ephraim, 11th Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregation of the Commonwealth. Islamic theologian Shaykh Asim Yusuf will be the keynote speaker.

The Muslim community has stated that it is very indebted to the minister for the commitment, dedication and enthusiasm she has shown over the years and value her contribution to interfaith harmony.

On hearing of the news of her award, Jenny Randerson said:

I feel very humbled and proud to be honoured in this way. Seeking harmony between all faiths is important if we wish to live in a peaceful world and I have always supported co-operation and tolerance.

To receive an honour for what I believe in has touched me deeply.

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Jenny Randerson: Businesswomen are crucial for a fair economy

Baroness Randerson
Baroness Randerson

Lib Dem Peer Jenny Randerson meets inspirational Welsh businesswomen to see how the UK Government can increase opportunities for women in business.

Wales Office Minister Baroness Randerson is meeting inspirational Welsh businesswomen (29-30 January) to see how the UK Government can increase opportunities for women in business.

Ahead of International Women’s Day (8 March), Baroness Randerson is visiting Monty’s Brewery. Pam Honeyman, co-founder of Monty’s brewery is a key contributor in the success of the company – creating and producing the award winning beer that started it all, “Sunshine”.

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