Attorney General And Norway Plus Option

During questions to the Attorney General over the legal advice given on the Withdrawal Agreement I asked him about the Norway-plus option and the backstop. Continue reading

Brexit Secretary Appears Before Committee For Exiting The European Union

Before five days of debate on the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the Framework for the Future Relationship, the Brexit Secretary and Prime Minister's Europe Adviser appeared in front of the Committee For Exiting The European Union. I asked him about turning the political declaration into a binding international treaty, the Norway plus option and the need for the Prime Minister to have a plan b. Continue reading

Ukrainian Economy Is Being Strangled By The Economic Blockade

During Foreign and Commonwealth Office questions I asked about the situation in Crimea, the Ukrainian economy and the Magnitsky amendment.  Continue reading

Prime Minister Is Flogging A Dead Horse

In the Commons I told the PM that she is flogging a dead horse and I urged her to join forces with senior members of her own Cabinet to back Norway Plus. It protects jobs, gives immigration safeguards, solves NI, means we leave ECJ and helps reunite our deeply divided country Continue reading

Steelworkers Meeting In Parliament

A group of steelworkers visited Parliament to campaign for pension justice and compensation. Nick Smith, Tonia Antoniazzi and I brought them face to face with regulators: the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and Financial Conduct Authority. Continue reading

Committee For Exiting The EU Examines The Political Declaration

When the Committee examined the political declaration I asked about the transition period and negotiating a future relationship with the European Union, as well as the UK changing direction and going for an EEA-based Brexit. Continue reading

Ask Her To Stand

It was lovely meeting my constituent Nicola Irwin who was visiting Parliament on the centenary of the Qualifications of Women Act and the Ask Her To Stand day. The day was designed to encourage and give women the confidence to stand for elected office either locally or nationally. It is inspiring to know that the hundreds of women visiting Parliament today may one day be sitting in the House! 

Brexit Impact On Security Policy Development

The Committee for Exiting the European Union examined the impact of Brexit on security policy, it heard from Camino Mortera-Martinez, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for European Reform and Sir Rob Wainwright, former Executive Director, Europol. I asked about and EEA-based Brexit, extradition and access to the EU justice and home affairs databases Continue reading

Westminster Must Not Use Brexit And The End Of The EU’s Regional Funding As An Opportunity To Short-Change The Poorest Parts Of The UK

In a Westminster Hall debate on the Shared Prosperity Fund and Wales I spoke about how this cannot be a financial or a power grab and the work of the APPG on post-Brexit funding for nations, regions and local areas. You can read the APPG report of an initial inquiry into the UK Shared Prosperity Fund here  Continue reading

Shared Policy Fund Decisions Should Be Devolved

Intervening in the Westminster Hall debate on the Shared Prosperity fund, I called for decisions to be devolved, empowering local authorities, local stakeholders and practitioners who know what works best in their communities. Continue reading