A Sector Deal For The Steel Industry

During a debate on industrial strategy, I called on the Government to start delivering a sector deal for the steel industry. It would be a massive boost for the steel works in my Aberavon constituency and for the wider steel making industry, turning it from surviving to thriving. The Government needs to come clean and let us know whether they are giving up on the steel industry or when they will approve the sector deal for steel.  Continue reading

I Refuse To Allow My Country Or My Party To Be Held Hostage By Vladimir Putin

Following the Prime Minister's decision to authorise air strikes in Syria over the weekend, Parliament had the chance to debate the Prime Minister's actions. I spoke about how the chemical weapons attach on innocent civilians was a brutal and barbaric act, that Parliament should have had a say in the action and that I refuse to allow our country's foreign policy to be determined by Vladimir Putin.  Continue reading

We Should Not Allow Putin To Use The World Cup As Smokescreen For His Crimes & To Bolster His Regime

I called on the Foreign Secretary to work with others around to world to postpone the World Cup, and relocate it to another country in 2019. Our government should be working with others to strip Russia of the FIFA World Cup & relocate it in 2019, after the Women's World Cup. Sport & politics DO mix & we should not allow Putin to use WC as smokescreen for his crimes & to bolster his regime. Continue reading

Prime Ministers Brexit Red Lines Are Leading Us Inexorably Towards A Hard Border On The Island Of Ireland

The Prime Minister gave her latest statement to the House on the Brexit negotiations, following her meeting with the EU Council. I asked her about her Brexit red lines and the impact they would have on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.  Continue reading

We Need The Westminster Government To Change Their Attitude Towards Wales

In the delayed House of Commons debate to mark St David's Day, I spoke about how the Tories stand by while Welsh Labour stands up for Wales. We need a government that will support our steel industry, give the go ahead to the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, stop the ill-judged plans for a Baglan prison, ensure fair funding for Wales and a Brexit that can reunite our country. Continue reading

Cambridge Analytica

During an urgent question in the House over the revelations surrounding Cambridge Analytica, I asked about the role of Cambridge Analytica in the Brexit referendum and the implications for the referendum result are if it is revealed that Cambridge Analytica and Leave.EU broke electoral law.  Continue reading

Managing Customs At The Border After Brexit

I asked the Minister what the government are doing to be ready at the border in Dover after Brexit, and his response exposed how unprepared the government are for managing customs at the border after Brexit. Continue reading

Sergei Magnitsky

During an urgent question in the House on the Government’s actions to address dirty money being laundered in the UK, I asked why the UK is the only country to have done nothing to track down, arrest and seize assets of those associated with the brutal murder of Sergei Magnitsky, despite having been presented with clear evidence. Continue reading

If You’re Looking For A Commonsense Brexit That Strikes A Balance Between Prosperity And Sovereignty The EEA is The Only Game In Town

In the House I called for an EEA based Brexit, a deal that builds on the architecture of the EEA for deal that can reunite Britain, satisfying both Leave and Remain voters. In the EEA-EFTA model, we have the answer to protecting market access, jobs and opportunities; to a friction-less border in Northern Ireland; and to the call to take back control on immigration, in our courts and in this place. If we are looking for a common-sense Brexit that strikes a pragmatic balance between prosperity and sovereignty, the EEA is the only game in town. It will allow maximum access to the single market, with the ability to reform free movement, resolve the Northern Ireland issue, end the jurisdiction of the ECJ and, above all, reunite our deeply divided country. Continue reading

Holding The World Cup In Russia This Summer Risks Vindicating The Putin Regime

When the Prime Minister updated the House on the ultimatum given to Russia over the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, I spoke about my experience of the Russian state as head of the British Council through the Litvinenko crisis, and asked the Prime Minister if she agrees that the World Cup in Russia risks vindicating Putin and his regime. Continue reading