January 2019 Newsletter

My January newsletter is out now, with news from Aberavon and from Parliament. Continue reading

Save Our Libraries Petition

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

Northern Ireland And A No Deal Brexit

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

If The Prime Minister's Deal Is Voted Down, Will She Give The House A Vote On A Range Of Options?

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

Common Market 2.0 - Alternative Brexit Plan

On the day that the cross-party Norway Plus Group of MPs published a major report advocating ‘Common Market 2.0’ - a plan to reset the UK-Europe relationship for the 21st Century, I set out why this is an alternative Brexit plan. Continue reading

Common Market 2.0

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!

Port Talbot Delivery Office Christmas Visit

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

Government Must Stop Burying Their Heads In The Sand And Wake Up To The Reality On Social Security

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

Social Security System Is Not Only Callous And Cruel, It Is Not Value For Money

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