Thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Llys Y Seren Care Home for Red Nose Day. Wonderful to see all generations getting together for a dance, a sing-song, and plenty of cake!
It was great to be at the Neath Port Talbot Question Time event at Nidum Arts Centre. It was really good to see so many young people getting engaged and holding their MPs, AMs and Councillors to account. Proof that votes at 16 is the way to go! Continue reading
The Committee for Exiting the European Union heard evidence from a panel of legal and policy experts on Parliament’s role over the next few months, including what legislation Parliament needs to pass ahead of withdrawal to provide for a functioning statute book with or without a deal, including an EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill. Continue reading
It was great to launch the All Party Parliamentary Group for Reuniting Britain Post-Brexit with My Life My Say, Caroline Lucas MP and Tom Brake MP. It's crucial that whatever happens with Brexit we find ways of healing the divides across ages, education, place and values. To coincide with the launch I co-wrote this letter with Caroline Lucas, Tom Brake and Andrew Rosindell: Continue reading
(Photo credit: The Times News Syndication) House Magazine No single party has been responsible for the steady erosion of trust in politics that we have seen over recent decades. From New Labour’s invasion of Iraq on a false prospectus to the Lib Dems’ tuition fees deception to the litany of Tory broken promises on everything from industrial strategy to immigration targets, the trust gap was already dangerously deep and wide well before June 2016. Continue reading
As Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Post-Brexit Funding for Nations, Regions and Local Areas, I called on the Minister to meet with the Group to discuss the findings of our report. Our report called for UK Shared Prosperity Fund to pay "not be a penny less" than current EU funding & warned against Westminster power grab. Continue reading
Since the Minimum Wage was introduced by Labour in 1998 only 14 employers have been prosecuted by HMRC for not paying it. In Treasury questions I asked the Chancellor about boosting the capacity of HMRC to prosecute employers who are failing to pay the National Minimum Wage. Continue reading
It was a privilege to meet Steven Roberts at his exhibition of art Port Talbot YMCA. His journey from homelessness & mental health issues has been remarkable. Tribute also to the YMCA for their role in supporting people like Steven.
I, along with Tonia Antoniazzi MP, Nick Smith MP and Philippa Hann of Clarke Willmot, had a very important meeting with The Financial Conduct Authority's Andrew Bailey. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of steelworkers have been victims of pension miss-selling at hands of rogue financial advisers. We will keep supporting them to come forward.
I was delighted to be at official opening of the new Port Talbot Seafarers' Centre on St David's Day. Great work in supporting seafarers around the world by The Mission To Seafarers and Merchant Navy Welfare Board