Prime Minister's Approach Is A Charade, And It Needs To Be Stopped Now

As MPs debated the Brexit amendments, I intervened in the debate to say that the idea that Theresa May can re-open Withdrawal Agreement (‘divorce items’) is a charade - yet another Brexit unicorn. Common Market 2.0 would only amend the Political Declaration on Future Relationship and the EU supports this. Continue reading

Steelworkers Pensions Meeting

NOTIFICATION OF A PUBLIC MEETING FOR ALL THOSE WHO FEEL THEY MAY HAVE BEEN MIS-SOLD A PENSION TRANSFER IN AND AROUND PORT TALBOT Stephen Kinnock MP is attending a public meeting at the Twelve Knights Hotel in Margam, Port Talbot at 1530 on 1 Feb 2019 to discuss fresh and emerging concerns surrounding financial advice given to members of the British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS) to transfer out of their final salary pension.  Concerns have been highlighted by the Regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which conducted a major review last year and found that the majority of cases to transfer out of a final salary pension were unsuitable.  Continue reading

A 'Whole Nation' Party

Fabians British politics is in an unhealthy state of polarisation and paralysis. Small but vocal tribal groups sit at either end of the new political spectrum. At one end are the passionate, pro-EU, open border, globalist ultra-remainers. At the other end the hard Brexiteers, anti-European, closed border, nationalist, die-hard leavers. Neither seem too willing to compromise to break the Brexit impasse, and neither seem particularly determined to help reunite our deeply divided country. Continue reading

Why Does She Not Pivot To The Norway-Plus Option Today?

During Prime Minister's Questions I asked if the Prime Minister was serious about doing away with the Northern Irish backstop, and doesn't want to extend Article 50, then why doesn't she pivot to the Norway-Plus option which eliminates the need for both these things? Continue reading

Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock Welcomes UK Government Confirmation That Baglan Super-Prison Proposals Have Been Axed

Commenting on the news that Baglan is no longer being considered as a potential home of the new ‘super-prison’, MP for Aberavon Stephen Kinnock said: “This is fantastic news and a real victory for the people of Port Talbot. David Rees AM and I have been working hard with our constituents to make clear the reasons why Baglan was an utterly inappropriate location for a new super-prison, and I’m pleased that – after a campaign lasting almost two years – the UK government has admitted defeat. Continue reading

UK Power Reserve Plant Visit

I had an interesting visit to UK Power Reserve's plant on Afan Way. UK Power Reserve is a leading provider of secure, flexible, low carbon electricity to the UK power market and their recently constructed small scale gas-fired power generation plant can provide power for 20,000 homes.  Continue reading

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