Stephen Kinnock Holds Fourth Annual Funding Fair

Stephen Kinnock’s Funding Fair is back for it’s fourth year with new advice providers signed on to give advice and help to groups and organisations looking for funding. This year’s event will be held in The Centre, Lodge Drive, Baglan, SA12 8UB on Friday 22 March between 10am and 1pm. Continue reading

Common Market 2.0 Is The Fastest Route To Brexit

Chatham House speech about the Common Market 2.0 plan Thank you Tom, Nick, Robin and everyone at Chatham House for organising this event. Thanks also to my fellow panelists today. We’re a motley crew, but it has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with you, and I am truly proud of the way in which we have left our party political tribalism aside, to work in the national interest. And thank you all, ladies and gentleman, for coming along today, early in the morning, for what I hope will prove to be an informative conversation about our proposal. We call it Common Market 2.0; Michel Barnier likes to call it Norway Plus. But either way, we think it is the best way forward that can win parliamentary support, and begin to reunite our deeply divided country. Continue reading

Llys Y Seren Care Home

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!

Neath Port Talbot College Question Time

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

Committee For Exiting The European Union Hears From A Panel Of Legal And Policy Experts

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

Launch Of APPG For Reuniting Britain Post-Brexit

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

Second Referendum Supporters Must Be Upfront With The Public

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

Calling For A Meeting With Minister Over Post-Brexit Funding

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

Enforcing The Minimum Wage

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

Steven Roberts Exhibition

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.