Single Market Must Be Central To Any Brexit Deal

The Single Market must be central to any Brexit deal: it would mean close economic ties but leaving political union. When I questioned the Prime Minister on the importance of Single Market membership for workers' rights, the integrity of the union and for the services sector, she suggested there is another way to protect Services (80% of economy), but refused to share her cunning plan! Then said we should leave to Tories to protect workers’ rights! Continue reading

British Steel Pension Scheme Transfer Debate

Thousands of honest, hardworking steelworkers in my Aberavon constituency and across the country were left exposed to opportunistic and unscrupulous financial advisers. They sought to exploit the steelworkers when they were forced to decide whether to move to the British Steel Pension Scheme 2 or transfer out into another pension scheme. So far £1.8 million in compensation has been paid out to 61 steelworkers who have been missold pensions. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. Around eight thousand steelworkers transferred out and more than half received unsuitable advice. In a Westminster Hall debate on the scandal I set out how we can get justice. Continue reading

A Stand-Alone Customs Union Would Be A Disaster For The British Economy

Politics Home In many ways the two high-quality Indicative Votes debates on the UK-EU future relationship showed our Parliament at its very best. We knew what was at stake. The priority, most of us agreed, was to avert the catastrophe of No Deal Brexit, so it was incumbent upon all of us to help get a majority for at least one Brexit option. The unwritten rule was that each MP should not only vote for their preferred option, but for all the options they could live with. In this spirit Conservative MPs outside the cabinet were given a free vote, Labour MPs were whipped to support three options, and for a fleeting moment it looked like British politics was about to re-discover the lost art of compromise. Continue reading

There Needs To Be A Viable Leave Option On The Ballot Paper Versus Remain

During the second round of indicative votes I intervened in the debate to say that if we do have a confirmatory vote then a viable leave option needs to be on the ballot paper.   Continue reading

Hierarchy Of Chaos

The chaos that has been unleashed by the Government's handling of Brexit has been laid bare for all to see, so in the Commons chamber I challenged the Tories on the way their voted during the indicative votes. Continue reading

Vernon Hartshorn Exhibition

I really enjoyed this exhibition on Friday in the South Wales Miners' Museum. Vernon Hartshorn is an unsung hero of the Labour movement. He started his working life as a coal miner and ended it as one of the most influential figures in British politics. I'm really pleased that this will be coming to Parliament in June! Continue reading

Indicative Votes: Common Market 2.0

When Parliament had it's opportunity to debate alternative Brexit deals, I set out the arguments for Common Market 2.0 in the House, as lead sponsor of the amendment. Common Market 2.0 brings together Leavers and Remainers, and three different parties. Common Market 2.0 can get us out of this crisis and reunite our divided country. Continue reading

Why Common Market 2.0 Beats The Backstop

Co-written with George Freeman Brexit has locked our politics in a devastating state of paralysis. Public trust is falling, the government is gridlocked and the nation is divided. This can’t go on. The Prime Minister has found herself tied up in knots as all her ill-advised red lines, and EU Referendum promises, prevent her from delivering a deal that can get through Parliament. Continue reading

Division has paralysed our politics - it's time for compromise

House Magazine There’s no doubt that Britain is a great country with so much going for it; economically, democratically, and culturally. But we are more divided than we have been at any time since the Second World War; young versus old, city versus town, graduate versus non-graduate. Continue reading

March 2019 Newsletter

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