Caroline Noakes MP Appears In Front Of Committee For Exiting The European Union

The Minister of State for Immigration, Caroline Noakes MP, appeared before the Committee for Exiting the EU. I was able to ask her about immigration post Brexit and the Independent Monitoring Authority. The Government is obliged to create an Independent Monitoring Authority (IMA) to resolve post-Brexit disputes about status of EU citizens in UK. But an IMA is nowhere to be seen and the clock is ticking. The Minister promised me she'll write to Brexit committee so that we can update the 3 million EU citizens living in the UK.  Continue reading

Committee for Exiting the EU Hears Evidence On The Progress Of UK’s Negotiations

The Committee for Exiting the EU heard evidence from Allie Renison, Head of Europe and Trade Policy, Institute of Directors; Henry Newman, Director, Open Europe; and Michael Dougan, Professor of European Law and Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law, University of Liverpool. I asked about the withdrawal agreement and being ready for Brexit. Doing a deal is not just about words on a piece of paper. It's about having the institutions in place. It's a pipe dream to think we can create and build new institutions by December 2020. An EEA based Brexit is the only viable option. Continue reading

Steel Summit: Steel 2020 Contains A Detailed Road Map On What Can Be Done

The British steel industry is hobbled by punitive energy costs (far higher than in Germany, France & Netherlands). In January 2017 the all party group on Steel produced 'Steel 2020', with recommendations on how to reduce costs. Claire Perry promised she'll read it. Looking forward to her feedback! Continue reading

Steel Summit: Closure Of The Blast Furnace & Coke Ovens Was An Act Of Industrial Vandalism

During a Westminster Hall debate, secured by my colleague Anna Turley, I called the closure of the blast and coke ovens in Redcar an action of industrial vandalism which led to the loss of a strategic asset for our country.  Continue reading

Chequers Proposal Is A Bureaucratic Nightmare That’s Riddled With Complexity And Ambiguity

The Chequers proposal is a bureaucratic nightmare that’s riddled with complexity and ambiguity. Surely the Prime Minister must now stop trying to re-invent the wheel, and commit instead to an EEA-based Brexit? My question to her in the House: Continue reading

Job Advert: Administrative Officer (London)

Stephen Kinnock MP is looking to employ an Administrative Officer for his busy Westminster office, on a permanent part-time contract for 22 hours a week (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday). More details below Continue reading

Demolition Of Khan Al-Ahmar

It is devastating to see destruction of Khan Al-ahmar. Two years ago I visited and met many wonderful people doing their best to live in peace. It is time to recognise Palestine and to impose sanctions and cease all trade with the illegally occupied territories. I called on the Government to do this in Parliament.  Continue reading

This Is Not Project Fear, This Is Happening Right Here, Right Now

"This is not Project Fear, this is happening right here, right now." My question to the Prime Minister, highlighting massive drop in investment in automotive, plummeting FDI, and urging her to commit to an EEA-based Brexit Continue reading

Contaminated Blood Inquiry

This appalling contaminated blood scandal has blighted the lives of many, including some of my constituents. That the inquiry is finally getting underway is very good news, although it has taken us far too long to get here. Vital now that the Government co-operates fully with the inquiry. Continue reading

Russian Federation activity in the UK and globally

In a Westminster Hall debate I argued that Britain must engage with Russia as it is, and not how we would like it to be. We must understand the history, culture, interests and foreign policy objectives of this vast nation, whilst also being absolutely clear, strong and resolute in the face of Russian aggression. Continue reading