It was great to be at the Civic Centre to take part in the rally to save our libraries. The Tories' callous and self defeating austerity policies are putting huge pressure on Neath Port Talbot Council budgets. Tough choices have to be made, but our libraries are absolutely vital. Continue reading
Chris Heaton-Harris MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Exiting the European Union, appeared before the Committee for Exiting the European Union. I asked the Minister responsible for No Deal planning if he has conducted any research into the possible effects of No Deal on potential calls for reunification in Ireland, given possibility of an Irish Referendum under the Good Friday Agreement. Continue reading
At Prime Ministers questions I asked the Prime Minister if, after her deal falls, she'll hold indicative votes to understand what Brexit might be supported by MPs. The options would include Common Market 2.0 As usual she failed to answer. Continue reading
Today the cross-party Norway Plus Group of MPs are publishing a major report advocating ‘Common Market 2.0’ - a plan to reset the UK-Europe relationship for the 21st Century. ‘Common Market 2.0’, co-authored by Lucy Powell MP and Robert Halfon MP, on behalf of the Norway Plus Group, sets out how stepping out of the EU political integration project and towards the popular and fruitful common market relationship that the UK enjoyed with Europe in the 1970s and 1980s could gain widespread public support whilst delivering on the result of the 2016 referendum. Continue reading
It was great to go and see the Banksy in Taibach. It's fantastic that Port Talbot is the first town in Wales to have a Banksy! It’s a brilliant and striking work of street art. Port Talbot has always been a hub of creative talent, and it’s great to see that we’re continuing that proud tradition. It’s even better up close - a truly brilliant piece of street art. Absolutely superb, and the talk of the town!
I visited the Royal Mail sorting office in Eagle Street as they geared up for the last few delivery days before Christmas. It was very busy in the office as they were working flat our to deliver all parcels and post before Christmas. Our posties do a fantastic job delivering our mail all year round and in all weather. Continue reading
I spoke in the debate on the cumulative impact of the Government's changes to the social security system. It has caused real misery and hardship for many of my constituents. It's time the Government woke up to this reality and commissioned a cumulative impact assessment. Continue reading
Early in the debate on the cumulative impact of changes to the social security system I intervenes on the high rate of PIP and ESA decisions that are overturned on appeal. Continue reading