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Nick Smith MP has praised the good work of all those involved in the premiere of a hard-hitting documentary on life during the miners’ strikes after its gala screening in Blaenau Gwent.

The MP was one of the audience for ‘Still The Enemy Within' at the Market Hall Cinema in Brynmawr.

Owen Gower’s documentary about the striking miners of 1984 and 85 has already been hailed by critics as a heartfelt tribute to communities hammered by political forces, and Mr Smith said it was a momentous film that didn’t flinch from the truth of the times.

For the full story, visit http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/film-news/hundreds-turn-out-welsh-premiere-7929009

Welcoming miners' strike documentary to Blaenau Gwent

Nick Smith MP has praised the good work of all those involved in the premiere of a hard-hitting documentary on life during the miners’ strikes after its gala screening in...

Nick Smith MP is backing Cancer Research UK’s ‘We will beat cancer sooner’ campaign to stub out cancer across the borough for generations to come.

The latest Cancer Research UK figures revealed the Aneurin Bevan Health Board area diagnoses 3,385 cases every year, with 1,611 people dying as a result of cancer.

In particular, Blaenau Gwent has a problem with high rates of smokers – 28% of people smoke in the authority compared to 22.6% across Wales.

With eight in ten smokers starting before the age of 19, the Blaenau Gwent MP has previously campaigned in parliament for plain cigarette packets to be introduced so they aren’t as appealing to children or teenagers.

He said: “Smoking causes nearly a fifth of all cancer cases in the UK. That’s why I joined colleagues in parliament to make sure youngsters, who are still growing and learning, weren’t swayed while they were still too young to understand the dangers.

“More cancer patients are surviving than ever before, but with more and more people being diagnosed there is an urgent need to accelerate research.

“I want to do everything I can to ensure cancer is detected earlier and that brilliant research can be translated into treatments for patients faster.

“That’s why I’m backing Cancer Research UK’s ‘We will beat cancer sooner’ campaign and I hope local people will show their support by helping to raise vital funds.”

Today, two in four people survive cancer and survival rates have doubled in the last 40 years. Mr Smith is encouraging people in Blaenau Gwent to help make it three in four within the next twenty years by supporting Cancer Research UK in any way they can whether it’s making a regular donation, taking goods to their local shop, returning their Race for Life sponsorship money or signing up to March on Cancer this October.

As more people are diagnosed with cancer each year, the charity wants to accelerate progress to improve cancer outcomes. The earlier patients can be diagnosed and access the innovative treatments they need, the more lives will be saved.

To find out more visit cruk.org.

Backing the fight against cancer

Nick Smith MP is backing Cancer Research UK’s ‘We will beat cancer sooner’ campaign to stub out cancer across the borough for generations to come. The latest Cancer Research UK...

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Nick Smith MP wants buses to take the worry out of journeys for blind people as he backed an announcement scheme at Labour Party Conference.

The Blaenau Gwent MP got a chance to experience for himself why people with sight loss need audio-visual announcements (AV) on buses, through playing a memory game.

Finding out more about Guide Dogs’ work, Mr Smith heard that 7 in 10 bus passengers with sight loss have been forgotten by a bus driver. For a sighted person, missing a stop is an annoyance, but for someone with sight loss, it is potentially very dangerous.

Speaking after visiting the exhibit, Mr Smith said: “Remembering the journeys at Guide Dogs’ conference stand was a great way of emphasising how difficult it is for a bus driver to always remember to tell people when to get off.

“AV is such a simple solution and would ensure access for all to a form of public transport that is so vital to people’s everyday lives.”

AV is essential for people with sight loss to live independently, yet only one fifth of the UK’s buses have AV. Without AV bus passengers with sight loss have to ask the driver to remember to tell them when they have reached their stop.

AV doesn’t just help people with sight loss – tourists, older people and infrequent bus users all find AV useful. Guide Dogs released their Destination Unknown report this September showing that nearly half of survey respondents said they would use the bus more frequently if it had AV.  

James White, Campaigns Manager at Guide Dogs said: “Guide dogs do fantastic work getting people out and about safely, and the lack of AV acts as a real barrier to their independence.

“That’s why we’re urging politicians like Nick Smith to call for the mandatory installation of AV on buses, something that is cheap to do.”

Calling for an end to “game of chance” bus service for blind people

Nick Smith MP wants buses to take the worry out of journeys for blind people as he backed an announcement scheme at Labour Party Conference. The Blaenau Gwent MP got...


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