Ian Lucas

Your Labour Member of Parliament for Wrexham

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North Wales needs to grasp the importance of investing in our digital infrastructure to compete in the global economy.

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That’s the message I’ll be setting out to conference delegates tomorrow.

As Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Mersey-Dee North Wales Region I will be speaking at the Full Fibre Conference at Wrexham Glyndwr University, where I’ll be speaking on the importance of digital connectivity to North Wales – and the role it should play if the North Wales Growth Deal proceeds later this Spring.

The conference, organised by the Deeside Business Forum, will bring together key politicians, businesspeople and technology experts to examine ways to boost digital infrastructure across North Wales.

I am very grateful to Askar Sheibani, who has worked so hard to set it up.

It’s vitally important that we make sure our digital infrastructure equips our businesses to compete - our communications networks are as important nowadays as our transport networks.

This conference will be an important part of building the case for the major investment and large-scale infrastructure projects North Wales will need to compete in the digital world.

As I say in my speech: “The modern regional economy demands proper infrastructure of it is to succeed and there is a huge opportunity for this wonderful region if we put the right infrastructure in place. If we do not, then it will be very difficult to compete in a post-Brexit world. That is why today and the weeks ahead are so very important.”

Building a Digital North Wales

North Wales needs to grasp the importance of investing in our digital infrastructure to compete in the global economy.

I'm really pleased that even more Wrexham groups have had their work to help people with dementia recognised.

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They are part of a project involves  support provided by the Alzheimer’s Society, where organisations which have taken part have to show how they have met a series of pledges which help support people wo are living with dementia. Training to help people become Dementia Friends is also made available, and those who take part learn ways in which they can speak to, help and assist people with dementia who they meet during their working day.

I am supporting the project across the constituency, and undertook Dementia Friends training alongside Lesley Griffiths AM, Susan Elan Jones MP and staff in 2014. I have also encouraged Wrexham businesses, schools, faith groups and other organisations to sign up and to support the Dementia Friendly town project.

A recent awards ceremony was held for some of those who were involved, and Dementia Friendly Wrexham members have also visited groups linked to several organisations who took part – Clarks, St Giles Parish Church and St Christopher’s School - at their workplaces to present them with certificates.

Every person who takes part in this scheme deserves our thanks – they are helping to make our town a more supportive place for people with dementia.

Each of them has demonstrated their commitment to the project, and set out practical steps which they are taking in their workplace. That commitment really does make a difference, and I’d urge any Wrexham group who hasn’t yet taken part – but who wants to find out more – to look into signing up.

Helping make Wrexham Dementia Friendly

I'm really pleased that even more Wrexham groups have had their work to help people with dementia recognised.

If you live in Rossett, there's good news about a new Post Office service.

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Under the plans, set out by the Post Office to me this week, a service would run from the Presbyterian Church on Station Road in the village every Friday from April 6. It will run from 10.3oam to 12.30pm and a wide range of Post Office services are expected to be available.

The new changes are part of a Hosted outreach service, which the Post Office are aiming to run until a permanent solution can be found.

It is welcome news that a Post Office service is returning to Rossett – it will be the first since the closure of the Spar store in the village in October.

I am also pleased to hear that the Post Office have recognised that they need to look for a more permanent base in the village. I have written to them asking for more detail on their current plans, and making clear my view that a permanent base would be the most sustainable solution.

If anyone else has any views on the proposal, I would be happy to hear them - and to pass them on to the Post Office so we can secure better services for Rossett.

Have your say on Rossett Post Office

If you live in Rossett, there's good news about a new Post Office service.  


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