Cwmavon Christmas Lights Switch On

There was fantastic community spirit in Cwmafan for their first ever Christmas tree switch on. Well done to Councillors Charlotte Galsworthy, Rhydian Mizen and David Whitelock, and the whole community for coming together and pulling together such a great event. Continue reading

A Norway plus-Based Brexit Would Be A Strong Compromise In The National Interest

As Parliament debated the Prime Minister's Brexit deal I spoke about respecting the referendum result and how Norway Plus is the best way to do that. The instruction given by 52:48 referendum vote is clear: move house, but stay in same neighbourhood. To leave EU's political project, but to retain full access to a market of 500 million consumers. Norway Plus meets those aims, introduces a safeguard on Freedom of Movement & solves the Irish border issue Continue reading

Theresa May’s Dog's Dinner Of A Brexit Deal Looks Almost Certain To Fall

The Mirror Theresa May’s dog's dinner of a Brexit deal looks almost certain to fall on Tuesday, not least because MPs know that it hands far too much power to the EU after 29 March. With no appetite for an economy-shattering No Deal, her own cabinet ministers must now persuade her to pivot to the only other feasible Brexit option; Norway Plus. Let’s be clear. The Norway option is a strong compromise. Continue reading

Norway Plus

Labour’s number one priority is to force a general election by tabling and winning a motion of no confidence in the government, and rightly so. However, if our motion of no confidence is not passed by the House of Commons, then we must be ready to explore all other steps and options. For over two years now i have been arguing for a Norway plus-based Brexit, and I am working with a cross-party group of MPs to achieve that aim. Below is an explanation of how Norway plus would work in practice. I hope that you find will it useful and informative. Please don’t hesitate to contact me by e-mail on, should you have any questions   Continue reading

Attorney General And Norway Plus Option

During questions to the Attorney General over the legal advice given on the Withdrawal Agreement I asked him about the Norway-plus option and the backstop. Continue reading

Brexit Secretary Appears Before Committee For Exiting The European Union

Before five days of debate on the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the Framework for the Future Relationship, the Brexit Secretary and Prime Minister's Europe Adviser appeared in front of the Committee For Exiting The European Union. I asked him about turning the political declaration into a binding international treaty, the Norway plus option and the need for the Prime Minister to have a plan b. Continue reading

Every Can Helps

It was great to pop along to Tesco Port Talbot and support them, and the Trussell Trust, collecting food donations for the local foodbank. The foodbank provides a valued service in the community and it was really brilliant to see so many people giving generous donations.

Blast Furnace No5

It was amazing to be shown around the iconic Blast Furnace No 5 at Tata Steel. Vital repair work to extend the life of the blast was being carried out by a dedicated team, so there was a short window of opportunity to go inside the blast furnace and see the  fascinating work that was being done. The work is incredibly complex and difficult but it's crucial work which will make such a difference to the steelworks. This £46 million investment is critical for the future of the works and for Aberavon. Continue reading

NPT Family Xmas Fun

Neath Port Talbot Council's NPT Family put on a brilliant family fun day with various activities and fun events at Ebenezer Church in the run up to Christmas. It was great to meet members of the family support services and learn about the good work they do within the constituency. 

St Joseph's Primary Visit

I enjoyed a tour of St Joseph's Primary, with a visit to each class to learn about their individual class projects. This was followed up with an engaging Q+A session with pupils from across the school. The students had some truly brilliant questions about life as an MP and working in Westminster. It was great to see so many young people engaging and wanting to learn more about politics.