Steelworkers Pensions FCA Meeting

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.

Port Talbot Seafarers' Centre

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

Port Talbot Jobcentre Annual Jobs Fair 2019

It was great to be at the Annual Jobs Fair at the Port Talbot Jobcentre on St David's Day. Pleased to see this event so well attended. Enjoyed chatting to all the staff & exhibitors & being informed of developments. Congratulations to all. Continue reading

We Are A Proud, Unique Community In Aberavon, Even Banksy Picked Us Out

In this years St David's Day debate I decided to speak about the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, steelworkers pensions, steel procurement, Personal Independence Payments and of course Banksy! Continue reading

Erasmus Plus

It was great to spend the afternoon talking with two groups of young people who have benefited from the Erasmus Plus programme. I spoke to group of Tata apprentices about their two weeks with Tata steel in the Netherlands.  It was a hugely beneficial learning experience, broadens horizons, opens up exciting new opportunities. I also spoke with group of hair and beauty students from Afan College and discussed how their two weeks in Girona, Catalonia broadened their horizons, built confidence and allowed them to gain new skills. All the students in the group agreed that the experience was life changing and the confidence that it gave them has allowed all of them to begin studying for their PGCE and for two of the group to open their own business. It was truly inspiring to listen to all the students stories and hear first hand the benefits of UK/EU co-operation. Continue reading

Mineworkers' Pension Scheme Is A Burning Injustice That Must Be Righted Immediately

My colleague Stephanie Peacock MP secured a debate calling for the Government to revise the Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme, which has seen billions taken away from miners and their families. I am truly proud, as the grandson of a coal miner, to have been in the chamber to support this debate and said that this was a burning injustice that needed to be righted immediately.  Continue reading

Prime Minister's Deal Is A Bridge To Nowhere

The Prime Minister's deal is a bridge to nowhere. Common Market 2.0 offers a clear, stable & exciting future outside EU. It safeguards jobs and workers rights, offers new controls over free movement, would mean leaving the European Court of Justice, Common Fisheries Policy and Common Agricultural Policy, and it would remove the need to ever activate the Irish backstop. Let's get behind this strong compromise! Continue reading

Committee for Exiting the EU Hears From Bertie Ahern

The Committee for Exiting the European Union heard from former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern about British-Irish relations and the implications of the various Brexit outcomes for that relationship. Continue reading

February 2019 Newsletter

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

Absolutely Vital That House Has Sufficient Time To Debate And Scrutinise Withdrawal Agreement Implementation Bill

Withdrawal Agreement Implementation Bill is legislation of the highest political and legal significance. We can't leave the EU with a Deal until Withdrawal Agreement Implementation Bill is ratified. There would be a constitutional outrage if Parliament isn’t given time to scrutinise it. Article 50 must be extended to allow this, but the Prime Minister dodged my question as usual. Continue reading