Single Market Must Be Central To Any Brexit Deal

The Single Market must be central to any Brexit deal: it would mean close economic ties but leaving political union. When I questioned the Prime Minister on the importance of Single Market membership for workers' rights, the integrity of the union and for the services sector, she suggested there is another way to protect Services (80% of economy), but refused to share her cunning plan! Then said we should leave to Tories to protect workers’ rights! Continue reading

British Steel Pension Scheme Transfer Debate

Thousands of honest, hardworking steelworkers in my Aberavon constituency and across the country were left exposed to opportunistic and unscrupulous financial advisers. They sought to exploit the steelworkers when they were forced to decide whether to move to the British Steel Pension Scheme 2 or transfer out into another pension scheme. So far £1.8 million in compensation has been paid out to 61 steelworkers who have been missold pensions. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. Around eight thousand steelworkers transferred out and more than half received unsuitable advice. In a Westminster Hall debate on the scandal I set out how we can get justice. Continue reading

There Needs To Be A Viable Leave Option On The Ballot Paper Versus Remain

During the second round of indicative votes I intervened in the debate to say that if we do have a confirmatory vote then a viable leave option needs to be on the ballot paper.   Continue reading

Hierarchy Of Chaos

The chaos that has been unleashed by the Government's handling of Brexit has been laid bare for all to see, so in the Commons chamber I challenged the Tories on the way their voted during the indicative votes. Continue reading

Indicative Votes: Common Market 2.0

When Parliament had it's opportunity to debate alternative Brexit deals, I set out the arguments for Common Market 2.0 in the House, as lead sponsor of the amendment. Common Market 2.0 brings together Leavers and Remainers, and three different parties. Common Market 2.0 can get us out of this crisis and reunite our divided country. Continue reading

Committee For Exiting The European Union Hears From A Panel Of Legal And Policy Experts

The Committee for Exiting the European Union heard evidence from a panel of legal and policy experts on Parliament’s role over the next few months, including what legislation Parliament needs to pass ahead of withdrawal to provide for a functioning statute book with or without a deal, including an EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill. Continue reading

Launch Of APPG For Reuniting Britain Post-Brexit

It was great to launch the All Party Parliamentary Group for Reuniting Britain Post-Brexit with My Life My Say, Caroline Lucas MP and Tom Brake MP. It's crucial that whatever happens with Brexit we find ways of healing the divides across ages, education, place and values.  To coincide with the launch I co-wrote this letter with Caroline Lucas, Tom Brake and Andrew Rosindell: Continue reading

Calling For A Meeting With Minister Over Post-Brexit Funding

As Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Post-Brexit Funding for Nations, Regions and Local Areas, I called on the Minister to meet with the Group to discuss the findings of our report. Our report called for UK Shared Prosperity Fund to pay "not be a penny less" than current EU funding & warned against Westminster power grab. Continue reading

Enforcing The Minimum Wage

Since the Minimum Wage was introduced by Labour in 1998 only 14 employers have been prosecuted by HMRC for not paying it. In Treasury questions I asked the Chancellor about boosting the capacity of HMRC to prosecute employers who are failing to pay the National Minimum Wage.  Continue reading

Steelworkers Pensions FCA Meeting

I, along with Tonia Antoniazzi MP, Nick Smith MP and Philippa Hann of Clarke Willmot, had a very important meeting with The Financial Conduct Authority's Andrew Bailey. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of steelworkers have been victims of pension miss-selling at hands of rogue financial advisers.  We will keep supporting them to come forward.