EU Scrutiny Committee - David Jones & Sir Tim Barrow

Sir Tim Barrow, the UK ambassador to the EU, and The Rt Hon David Jones MP, Minister of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union, appeared before the EU Scrutiny Committee and I was able to question them on how prepared the other 27 EU institutions are for the Brexit negotiations and about the timetable for leaving the EU. You can read my contribution below. Continue reading

EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill

As the EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill returned to the Commons from the Lords, I was able to intervene in the Minister's statement: Continue reading

St David's Day Debate 2017

Today the House of Commons held its annual St David's Day debate and I spoke about Brexit, steel and the boundary review. Continue reading

We Must Do All In Our Power To Halt And Reverse The Settlements

Parliament debated the occupied Palestinian territories and I spoke in the debate on the "Regularisation Bill” legalising the illegal; the importance of the December UN Security Council motion; the need to end the policy of settlement and occupation if peace is every to be achieved; and what the British government should do to help bring about an end to he illegal settlements policy. Continue reading

Broadband In Aberavon

During questions to the Department of Media, Culture and Sport I questioned the Minister for Digital and Culture about the broadband coverage in Aberavon: Continue reading

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Clauses

For the third reading of the EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, Labour tabled a number of targeted amendments that were debated, and voted upon. Our amendments were not about delaying or preventing Article 50 being triggered because we respect and accept the outcome of the referendum result. They were aimed at ensuring that the government consults Parliament in an appropriate and timely manner, and they were also designed to ensure that we protect the security, jobs and livelihoods of the British people. I supported the following amendments: Continue reading

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill

As Parliament continued to debate the triggering of Article 50, I intervened in Yvette Cooper's speech: Continue reading

European Committee: Steel: Preserving Sustainable Jobs and Growth in Europe

Nick Hurd, Minister for Climate Change and Industry appeared before the European Committee and I was able to ask him about what the Government has done to help the steel industry. I opened proceedings:   Continue reading

Real choice facing us: an interim deal that truly protects the national interest, or a WTO Brexit that will have a catastrophic impact

Parliament have finally been able to debate the triggering of Article 50 after the Government brought forward the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill. After a long wait in the Chamber for what was a popular debate I made the following contribution: Continue reading

Government Needs To Commit To A Sector Deal For Steel

During topical questions to Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, I asked him about a sector deal for steel as part of the Government's industrial strategy: Continue reading