Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


17 DEC 2018

Ancient Woods

Thank you for taking the time to email me about protections for ancient woods and the proposals for an M4 corridor around Newport.

I understand your concern on this matter and the following is the government's position:

Ministers in the Welsh Government have said they will not push ahead with the plans unless they get the Assembly's approval in a Senedd vote - something that has been delayed with the change of First Minister.
Extending the M4 is considered to be a vital project and has been a longstanding manifesto commitment of the Welsh Government. The M4's strategic position offers the potential to unlock new business opportunities for South Wales, and the abolition of tolls on the Severn Bridge is likely to lead to an increase in traffic on the M4 at Newport. At the 2018 Autumn Budget, the Chancellor announced that the next Spending Review will consider increasing the Welsh Government's borrowing cap for this project by £300 million.

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