Local MP hosts community meeting on poverty with shadow secretary for international development
3:02pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in Penarth news
PENARTH MP Stephen Doughty has hosted a public discussion on poverty and development with community members and MP Ivan Lewis, the shadow secretary of state for international development.
Around 50 people gathered at Stanwell Road Baptist Church despite blazing sunshine on Friday afternoon, with support from The Penarth Cytûn (Council of Churches).
The local MP introduced Mr Lewis and said there were many constituents across the historically diverse communities of Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan who are really interested in the issues of social justice and global poverty.
Mr Lewis said he believed there were several powerful movements in motion across Wales trying to affect change on such problems, not least Penarth’s own Penarth and District Lesotho Trust.
“But even more engagement is needed with the wider public,” he added, “We have to be better able to make the case and win the argument.”
He also said more investment was needed in a “joined-up” UK-wide development policy.
“Help for the poorest people in the world must be the priority,” he added.
“The turnout here today, on such a beautiful Friday afternoon, demonstrates the passion of the community on these issues.”
Chairman of Penarth Cytûn Keith Howells said the meeting had been “most interesting and worthwhile”.
“The MPs presented their views on the problems of world poverty in a most informative manner and responded in the lengthy time of questions from the floor most frankly and sincerely,” he said. “They stressed the importance of publicising the real situation and also that ethics and profit were not necessarily in conflict and that faith and family can go hand in hand.
“We thank them for the information that had been shared and for the forthright way that both Stephen and Ivan had delivered their opinions on this important topic.”