Wales Questions

I raised steel and the concerns around the Tata pension scheme in the chamber today during Wales Questions. Stephen Kinnock 2.What steps the Government are taking to support the steel industry in Wales Continue reading

High cost credit in Wales

I launched new research by The Young Foundation in parliament today "Credit where credit’s due? Understanding experiences of high cost credit in Wales" This is a vitally important report, drawing attention to a serious and growing challenge. In recent years there has been a welcome focus on pay-day lenders, but, as this report shows, the proliferation of  “home credit” and “rent-to-own” should be just as troubling. Those making use of such credit come from all walks of life, but the costs of credit tend to fall disproportionately on those on low incomes. With the increasing normalisation of such sources of credit and low levels of knowledge about alternative sources, action is clearly required, and fast. These forms of credit have, thus far, largely escaped attention, but this report turns a spotlight on the issue and must be the beginning of a movement for change. In Wales, where six percent of the population make use of high cost-credit, the Welsh Government have developed strategies for financial inclusion and capability. It is vital that these strategies are implemented, not just in Wales but across the United Kingdom, along with the other recommendations of the report. The Port Talbot Credit Union, in my constituency, is a excellent example of fair and ethical lending. We must ensure that awareness is raised of the services that the CU offers, so that all those who are potentially vulnerable to high-cost credit are able to make better choices.The full report can be downloaded here

Syrian Asylum Seekers In Turkey

My written Parliamentary question to the Foreign Secretary on Syrian asylum seekers in Turkey: Continue reading

Turkey And Syrian Asylum Seekers

My written Parliamentary question to the Foreign Secretary on Turkey and Syrian asylum seekers: Continue reading

Steel Debate - Westminster Hall

  Watch the full debate hereI want to start by thanking you, Madam Chair for granting today’s debate and congratulate the Hon member for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland for securing this debate. There are many familiar faces in here, Madam Chair, and that is no surprise as Labour members in this House have raised the issue of steel well over 220 times since last May. And the Save Our Steel Campaign has been exerting real pressure for over a year now. Continue reading

The Labour Party & Business: Partners For A New Kind Of Growth

  I hosted the relaunch of Labour Business in the House of Commons. The group will be key to building a partnership for a new kind of growth.  Continue reading

Prime Minister Agrees With Aberavon MP

Prime Minister Agrees With Aberavon MP Continue reading

Shipbuilding On The Clyde

My question to the Minister about local content and local value when decisions are made about procuring steel for shipbuilding on the Clyde.  Continue reading

Tata Steel Order Book

My written Parliamentary question to the Secretary of State for Wales on securing the order book for Tata Steel: Continue reading