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  • Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie is asking for volunteers to come and join her on a litter pick at Trearddur Bay beach next month as part of Spring Clean Cymru.

    Due to Covid restrictions only 25 people can join in for the two-hour event from 2pm on 1st June.

    The job will be to clean up the beach and dunes above the main beach. Refuse bags, litter pickers, gloves and a sharps box will be provided although people can bring their own gloves. Volunteers are only asked to come with their own hand gel.



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  • Virginia gives blood at Holyhead Football Club in National Blood Donation Week
    Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie gave blood on Friday at Holyhead Hotspurs Football Club as part of a campaign to get fans to donate. The Blood, Sweat and Cheers initiative by the Welsh Blood Service is helping to boost supplies. Virginia sponsors Holyhead Hotspurs, Amlwch Town and Llangefni football clubs on the island and she was…

    Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie gave blood on Friday at Holyhead Hotspurs Football Club as part of a campaign to get fans to donate.

    The Blood, Sweat and Cheers initiative by the Welsh Blood Service is helping to boost supplies.

    Virginia sponsors Holyhead Hotspurs, Amlwch Town and Llangefni football clubs on the island and she was delighted to take part in the drive for more pints of blood to save lives.

    Every day the Welsh Blood Service needs to collect 350 blood donations for hospitals.

    “It was a pleasure to go and do my bit to keep Welsh hospitals stocked up with blood and I commend the campaign to encourage fans to get involved,” said Virginia.

    “The need for blood is never ending and we need as many people as possible to come forward. Getting fans, who are so linked into their communities, is a great idea because every pint given has the potential to save up to three lives.”

    Anyone aged between 17 and 66 can enrol online and become a donor. More details can be found at: https://www.welsh-blood.org.uk/

    20 June 20 2021, 18:53
    Local News
    http://virginiacrosbie.co.uk/?p=4317
  • Holyhead surgery to get three new GP’s
    Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie has welcomed GP reinforcements at the Hwb Iechyd Cybi practice in Holyhead following concerns patients could not get an appointment. Virginia was contacted by local people saying they were waiting too long to see or speak to a doctor and she met with the practice on several occasions to discuss…

    Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie has welcomed GP reinforcements at the Hwb Iechyd Cybi practice in Holyhead following concerns patients could not get an appointment.

    Virginia was contacted by local people saying they were waiting too long to see or speak to a doctor and she met with the practice on several occasions to discuss the issue and a way forward.

    Today, the surgery announced two new GPs will start in August with a third GP starting in January 2022. It said it will continue to try and recruit more medics and it is using regular GP locums who know the area and the patients.

    A new telephone system – able to handle 1000 calls a day – has also been put in place.

    “This is excellent news and I would like to thank everyone involved in making sure the practice has more GPs and better systems so that patients can have more confidence one is available to see or speak to them,” said Virginia.

    “In the meetings, I expressed my concerns on behalf of the constituents and I was really pleased that those brought in to help knew the problems and were seeking solutions.

    “There is a challenge at the moment in recruiting GPs, not just in North Wales but nationally, so against this background, I think the practice has done well.

    “I would also like to thank Ffion Johnstone, the Area Director for the West of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) for her help in this matter.”

    Previously, Hwb Iechyd Cybi was the Cambria and Longford surgeries but they merged during the pandemic.

    15 June 15 2021, 16:10
    Local News
    http://virginiacrosbie.co.uk/?p=4314
  • Virginia becomes an Honorary Member of the Red Squirrel Trust Wales
    Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie has become an honorary member of the Red Squirrel Trust Wales after she visited the charity and helped with fundraising. She was given the honour by Dr Rajkumari Jones, the founding chair of the Trust, which aims to protect the island’s 900 red squirrels. She recently had a meeting with…

    Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie has become an honorary member of the Red Squirrel Trust Wales after she visited the charity and helped with fundraising.

    She was given the honour by Dr Rajkumari Jones, the founding chair of the Trust, which aims to protect the island’s 900 red squirrels.

    She recently had a meeting with MS Darren Millar and the red squirrel czar for the Senedd to discuss what more can be done to protect the species.

    In the next few weeks, she will also talk to Dr Craig Shuttleworth, who is the scientific advisor on red squirrels in Bangor Uni as she gains an in-depth knowledge of the threatened mammals.

    “I am really proud to be made an honorary member of the trust which is doing so much to protect our red squirrels here on the island and thanks to Rajkumari making me feel part of it,” said Virginia.

    “Red squirrels can be seen in many parts of Anglesey, including Plas Newydd, Newborough and Penrhos, since the eradication of grey squirrels on the island and we want to see the population go from strength to strength.

    “The trust does great work in this respect and I hope to follow it closely and take part in activities to help out in the future.”

    15 June 15 2021, 11:36
    Local News
    http://virginiacrosbie.co.uk/?p=4310
  • Earl of Wessex thanks Virginia for her tribute to Prince Philip
    The Earl of Wessex has written to Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie to thank her for paying tribute to Prince Philip in parliament following his death in April. Virginia told MPs that the Duke of Edinburgh had “devoted his life to this country for over 70 years”. “We honour the memory of Prince Philip, and…

    The Earl of Wessex has written to Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie to thank her for paying tribute to Prince Philip in parliament following his death in April.

    Virginia told MPs that the Duke of Edinburgh had “devoted his life to this country for over 70 years”.

    “We honour the memory of Prince Philip, and thank God for his lifetime of service to our country. Although he may be gone from our sight, he will never be absent from our hearts,” she added

    In a letter from the Earl’s Bagshot Park home in Surrey, Prince Edward said: “Thank you for your heartfelt tribute to my father. I am, on behalf of my family, truly grateful to you for your kind words which were such an affirmation and appreciation of my father’s life and work.”

    Virginia added: “I was honoured to receive this letter which I think is for everyone in Anglesey because I know the Duke of Edinburgh was an incredibly popular figure here and there was great sadness at his passing.

    “I also know many people on the island have taken part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme which I believe will be one of Prince Philip’s many lasting legacies.

    “I wish Prince Edward all the very best as he takes up his father’s mantle to lead the work of the scheme across the world. He is the best man for the job and I am sure he will follow in his father’s footsteps but also make his own mark on the scheme in the years to come.”

    Image taken from the Royal Family website Royal.uk

    14 June 14 2021, 12:48
    Westminster News
    http://virginiacrosbie.co.uk/?p=4306
  • ANGLESEY FARMERS MEET WITH INTERNATIONAL TRADE MINISTER
    A UK Government minister has reassured farmers on Anglesey that new trade deals will not lower food standards during an online Zoom call organised by Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie. Department for International Trade (DIT) minister Greg Hands met with the NFU, FUW, farmers and young farmers for the 50-minute chat. The discussion covered concerns…

    A UK Government minister has reassured farmers on Anglesey that new trade deals will not lower food standards during an online Zoom call organised by Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie.

    Department for International Trade (DIT) minister Greg Hands met with the NFU, FUW, farmers and young farmers for the 50-minute chat.

    The discussion covered concerns raised by the farming community about the UK potentially joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the impact of a widely-anticipated trade agreement with Australia. 

    During a Q&A session, concerns were raised the UK market might be flooded with cheaper meat that had not been produced under the same standards, if new deals are brokered.

    The minister reassured everyone present that standards would not be lowered and that imports will need to meet the same requirements as UK farmers.

    Also discussed was opening up markets for UK produce to be sold abroad and the potential for a range of different markets including the US and the middle east. 

    DIT offers comprehensive support for farmers to export their goods, the meeting heard.

    “Many thanks to Greg Hands for taking the time to speak to Anglesey’s farmers, who are concerned about new post-Brexit trade agreements and how it could impact their livelihoods,” said Virginia.

    “I hope everyone went away very much reassured that the UK Government is committed to high food and animal welfare standards as it negotiates new trade deals. It is also committed to supporting our UK farmers in reaching out to new markets across the globe.

    “It is really important I am able to get UK ministers to meet with people on Anglesey to discuss issues that are important to them and this was a positive meeting.”

    Greg Hands added: “It was a pleasure to spend time with the Anglesey young farmers and other key stakeholders and their brilliant MP Virginia Crosbie this morning.

    “It was a good chance to talk about export opportunities for Welsh agriculture and to answer questions about the Australia trade deal.”

    Some of those who attended the meeting today were: NFU Cymru Anglesey County Chairman , Brian Bown, NFU County Advisor Iestyn Pritchard, FUW Policy Communications Officer Gareth Parry and Anglesey County executive officer Alaw Mair Jones.

    9 June 09 2021, 15:09
    Agriculture - Views
    http://virginiacrosbie.co.uk/?p=4301
  • ANGLESEY READY TO STAKE A CLAIM IN UK SCIENCE SUPERPOWER
    Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie has told MPs Anglesey stands ready to take up the baton of world class research & development through new Government legislation to make the UK a science superpower. Virginia sat on the bill committee of the Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill (ARIA) – part of the Government’s plan to…

    Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie has told MPs Anglesey stands ready to take up the baton of world class research & development through new Government legislation to make the UK a science superpower.

    Virginia sat on the bill committee of the Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill (ARIA) – part of the Government’s plan to invest £14.6 billion in R&D by 2022. 

    It also aims to see 2.4% of GDP being spent on R&D across the UK economy by 2027.

    Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, Virginia, who studied microbiology, said: “On Ynys Môn, there is already the infrastructure in place for research and innovation, hosted by the Menai Science Park, which is the innovation hub for Bangor University. 

    “Businesses such as Tech Tyfu, a vertical farming pilot project in Gwynedd and Ynys Môn delivered by Menter Môn, provide the opportunity for the UK to increase UK food production. 

    “We need to encourage more people with an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset, such as those at Tech Tyfu and the others located at M-SParc, to engage with research in order to solve the problems that the world faces today and in the future.”

    She explained the last year has shown everyone the power of science to deliver solutions, and “now is the time to further invest in the ideas of the future that will allow us to continue to make scientific progress”.

    She added: “ARIA will give the United Kingdom and the island of Ynys Môn the opportunity to grasp and shape our future on a global stage. It will help drive innovation and investment, and secure our status as a science superpower. I am proud to support this Bill.”

    A full transcript of Virginia’s speech is available at this link. https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2021-06-07/debates/6982211D-4150-48BD-8986-41F8886216FB/AdvancedResearchAndInventionAgencyBill#contribution-378AF45E-7724-49C5-8715-A3403C378A16

    8 June 08 2021, 17:34
    Speeches
    http://virginiacrosbie.co.uk/?p=4298
  • MAJOR VICTORY IN CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT LIVESTOCK FROM DOG ATTACKS
    Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie has scored a major victory in her campaign to better protect livestock from dog attacks after the Government announced new legislation to toughen up the law. The Kept Animals Bill will have a Livestock Worrying component to update the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953, which is unfit for purpose.…

    Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie has scored a major victory in her campaign to better protect livestock from dog attacks after the Government announced new legislation to toughen up the law.

    The Kept Animals Bill will have a Livestock Worrying component to update the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953, which is unfit for purpose.

    Hundreds of animals – particularly sheep – have been killed in recent years in North Wales after being chased and attacked by dogs.

    Virginia has been a vocal supporter of new laws and has met with the police chiefs, DEFRA and the policing minister Kit Malthouse to press her case.

    The Bill will amend definitions to broaden the scope of the offence, as well as helping the police deal with and investigate incidents of livestock worrying more effectively.

    One key aim is that the livestock worrying offence reflects changing patterns in dog ownership and the keeping of livestock since the 1953 Act was originally passed.

    Adequate tools to prevent future incidents, both prior to and after the conclusion of criminal proceedings will also be given to the authorities.

    The Government is also proposing to expand the definition of livestock currently protected to cover all species of livestock commonly kept in England and Wales, which may be vulnerable to being attacked or worried by dogs. This includes llamas, ostriches and game birds.

    In the most serious cases, the reforms would give police officers the power to seize a dog and detain it until the case comes to court.

    “I am really pleased the Government has listened to myself, North Wales Police and farmers across Anglesey and acted to expand and toughen up the law to better protect livestock from worrying,” said Virginia. “I thank everyone for campaigning for this.

    “Being able to seize a dog is a big step in the right direction but I will be speaking to ministers to see if more can be incorporated and I will be pressing for the use of dog DNA as evidence and reporting dog attacks as a crime.

    “However, these proposals are a step change and a big improvement on the previous legislation.  There is more work to do to get the best possible new laws but I am really delighted for farmers on Anglesey and across North Wales that action will be taken to protect more livestock more effectively and better reflect the seriousness of the crime.”

    8 June 08 2021, 15:30
    Agriculture - Views
    http://virginiacrosbie.co.uk/?p=4296
  • BCUHB MEETING WITH YNYS MÔN MP SHOWS PROGRESS AT HOLYHEAD SURGERY
    Virginia Crosbie, MP for Ynys Môn, today met with the new clinical lead for Hwb Iechyd Cybi (formerly Cambria and Longford surgeries) in Holyhead, Dr Darren Cornish, along with Ffion Johnstone, Area Director for the West of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB), and Keith Amos, Head of Managed Practices for the West of BCUHB.…

    Virginia Crosbie, MP for Ynys Môn, today met with the new clinical lead for Hwb Iechyd Cybi (formerly Cambria and Longford surgeries) in Holyhead, Dr Darren Cornish, along with Ffion Johnstone, Area Director for the West of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB), and Keith Amos, Head of Managed Practices for the West of BCUHB.

    This was the latest in a series of meetings to discuss the current concerns around the lack of GPs at Hwb Iechyd Cybi which Virginia has been actively pursuing on behalf of local constituents. 

    The discussion covered the new plans for healthcare provision to Holyhead recognising the challenges presented by the local environment from both a social and geographical point of view.

    BCUHB confirmed that a new team has been put in place with Dr Cornish, an experienced GP practice lead, currently supporting the surgery.  He has now been working at the practice for 12 weeks and has been able to assess the issues faced by the team and has started to put in place procedures to help resolve a number of concerns. 

    A new telephone system has been put in place which has shown that the practice can receive up to 1000 calls per day and BCUHB is investigating the use of a GP support line based in Cardiff as an interim measure to release the pressure on the current system.

    BCUHB will be sending out a letter to all patients of the practice next week asking for their feedback so that they can continue to work on improving the service.  The letter is also expected to contain some positive news for patients.

    Virginia said:

    “My inbox is busy with constituents raising concerns about the practice and I have been working closely with BCUHB to ensure that these matters are recognised and are being addressed.  Unfortunately there is no quick fix, but I am satisfied that things are moving in the right direction and that BCUHB are taking the matter very seriously. 

    “I am delighted that patients will have the opportunity to provide structured feedback on the service they are receiving and I urge anyone who receives a letter to respond with their views.  The best way to resolve the concerns of the patients is for the problems to be clearly identified and for patients to feel that their views are being recognised and responded to.”

    3 June 03 2021, 17:52
    Local News
    http://virginiacrosbie.co.uk/?p=4292
  • Ynys Môn MP runs Big Anglesey Beach Clean for Spring Clean Cymru
    Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie has thanked the 24 ‘kind volunteers’ who turned up to help her litter pick at Trearddur Bay beach yesterday. Ten bags of rubbish were collected at the beauty spot as part of Spring Clean Cymru after Virginia put out the call for people to get involved. Due to Covid restrictions…

    Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie has thanked the 24 ‘kind volunteers’ who turned up to help her litter pick at Trearddur Bay beach yesterday.

    Ten bags of rubbish were collected at the beauty spot as part of Spring Clean Cymru after Virginia put out the call for people to get involved.

    Due to Covid restrictions only 25 people could join in the two-hour event.

    “I was humbled to be joined by so many kind volunteers who gave up their time to make a difference to our island through My Big Anglesey Beach Clean,” said Virginia.

    “The effort was well worth it as the beach and dunes are looking much better now ten bags of litter are gone for good.

    “Many thanks to everyone who came along when they said they would. And thanks to my team for organising the event.”

    2 June 02 2021, 14:33
    Local News
    http://virginiacrosbie.co.uk/?p=4289



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