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

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

European Scrutiny Committee Hears From Suella Braverman

Suella Braverman appeared before the European Scrutiny Committee to answer questions about the negotiations between the UK Government and the European Union regarding the UK’s exit from the European Union. Continue reading

European Scrutiny Committee Hears From Dominic Raab

Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab MP appeared before the European Scrutiny Committee to answer questions about negotiations between the UK Government and the European Union regarding the UK’s exit from the European Union. Continue reading

Why Have Russians With Extremely Close Links To The Kremlin Been Allowed To Give £1 Million To The Conservatives?

In Prime Minister's Questions I asked David Lidington to explain why Russians with extremely close links to the Kremlin have been allowed to give £1 million to the Conservatives. Is it right that the British governing party is in hock to those so close to a hostile and corrupt foreign regime? Continue reading

Meeting Martin Selmayr

The Committee for Exiting the EU had a useful meeting with Martin Selmayr, Secretary General of the EU Commission, in Brussels. He reiterated that the negotiations on the Withdrawal Agreement are closed. But he didn't rule out putting the Backstop assurance letters in the Withdrawal Agreement but asked Brexiteer MPs if they'd really back it if EU did! He also made clear that the Political Declaration is open and Norway Plus would help solve Irish Border

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

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