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!
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
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
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
Labour secured an emergency debate in Parliament about the Government's preparations for a No Deal Brexit. During the debate I cited the Committee for Exiting the EU evidence that No Deal is a charade. Ports and hospitals are not ready. The EU is not ready. Parliament won't be bullied into backing May's deal with empty threats of No Deal. It's a false choice. Continue reading
House Magazine Theresa May limped through her no confidence vote, but her dog’s dinner of a Brexit deal is still dead in the water. May’s decision to defer the Meaningful Vote was not only the most anti-democratic act by a British Prime Minister in living memory, it was also utterly self-defeating. Had May held the vote she would also have gained leverage in negotiations with the EU – proof that they need to budge. But perhaps most importantly she would have moved the debate along. She would have learnt much about the will of the House, and what deal she can do with Brussels. But with May’s head still buried in the sand, and with Labour reluctant to table a No Confidence motion, we remain stuck in a state of limbo. Continue reading
The Times On Tuesday evening one of us will vote against Theresa May’s deal. The other will vote in favour. One of us will vote for Jeremy Corbyn’s amendment — and for any motion of no confidence in the government. The other will vote against. One of us is Welsh through and through — the representative of the Port Talbot steel-making community and proud scion of a tribe of passionate Labour politicians and trade unionists. The other is as English as hot buttered toast, the representative of Grantham in Lincolnshire, where Margaret Thatcher was born and raised, and a Tory moderniser with a career in business behind him. Continue reading