Committee For Exiting The European Union Grills David Davis

David Davis appeared before the Committee for Exiting the European Union and I grilled him on the nature of the Parliamentary motion on regarding the Withdrawal Agreement, the nature of the political declaration and asks if we are heading towards a constitutional crisis. Continue reading

Aberavon MP Presses Minister On Plans For A New Prison In Port Talbot

Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock has once again pressed Prisons Minister Rory Stewart on the Government’s plans for a new prison on the Baglan Industrial Park. The exchange comes after two representatives from Stop NPT Prison group joined Mr Kinnock for a meeting with Rory Stewart in London, and off the back of the latest public meeting held in the Aberavon Beach Hotel. Continue reading

Can He Assure Me That All Plans For The Baglan Prison Are Well And Truly On Hold

In the first Ministry of Justice question since I, along with two representatives from Stop NPT Prison group, met Rory Stewart in London, and off the back of the latest public meeting held in the Aberavon Beach Hotel, I pressed the Minister again on the government's plans to build a prison in Port Talbot. I also questioned him on the governments engagement with the Welsh Government's strategic review. I look forward to joining those meetings.  Continue reading

A Sector Deal For The Steel Industry

During a debate on industrial strategy, I called on the Government to start delivering a sector deal for the steel industry. It would be a massive boost for the steel works in my Aberavon constituency and for the wider steel making industry, turning it from surviving to thriving. The Government needs to come clean and let us know whether they are giving up on the steel industry or when they will approve the sector deal for steel.  Continue reading

I Refuse To Allow My Country Or My Party To Be Held Hostage By Vladimir Putin

Following the Prime Minister's decision to authorise air strikes in Syria over the weekend, Parliament had the chance to debate the Prime Minister's actions. I spoke about how the chemical weapons attach on innocent civilians was a brutal and barbaric act, that Parliament should have had a say in the action and that I refuse to allow our country's foreign policy to be determined by Vladimir Putin.  Continue reading

Prison Article - South Wales Evening Post - Clarification

I was approached by South Wales Evening Post asking for an update on what happened at the public meeting on Thursday. The comments I made have been misinterpreted in today's article As I set out in my presentation at the public meeting on Thursday, my priority is to get the Ministry of Justice to make a definitive and rapid decision on the Prison to avoid the risk of the community being left in a state of long term limbo. Continue reading

Second Public Meeting On Proposed Prison

At the second public meeting on the proposed prison in Port Talbot, I updated the hundreds of residents who were there, on what had happened since the last public meeting. In that time a covenant on the land has been uncovered and we have a new Minister in the Ministry of Justice. Since Rory Stewart’s appointment we have had 3 breakthroughs: Continue reading

PTPerfect Homeless Meeting

After being lobbied by the girls from PTPerfect about homelessness in Port Talbot, I was delighted to attend a roundtable discussion with them. The meeting had been convened by Canon Nigel Cahill and was attended by David Rees AM, Dewis, Wallich and Neath Port Talbot Council. Continue reading

Joint Press Release On Proposed Port Talbot Prison

A year on from the announcement by the Ministry of Justice of their intention to build a new prison on land at Baglan Industrial Park the Welsh Government has issued a statement that has effectively put a block on that proposal progressing. On March 23rd 2017 the MOJ published notification of its intention to build a super prison housing up to 1600 Category C prisoners at a site on the Baglan Industrial Estate in Port Talbot.   Continue reading

PTPerfect Graduation

I was delighted to speak at the graduation ceremony for the PTPerfect girls, in St Paul's Centre. The girls have really raised the bar and I have been blown away by their ideas, their community spirit, and their drive for change. They put together a truly inspirational manifesto and over the course of the project they have built valuable like skills and their confidence has grown immeasurably. Continue reading