Letter To The Speaker On Vote Leave

I sent a letter from 45 MPs to the Speaker Committee on the Electoral Commission, calling for reforms that would help to restore trust in our democracy, and bring this analogue regulator into the digital age. You can read the letter below: Continue reading

Is Chequers Absolutely Dead In The Water?

During the debate over the future relationship between the UK and EU I challenged the Government benches over whether the Chequers deal is absolutely dead in the water. Continue reading

Vote Leave Donation

I asked Dominic Raab to explain what he knew about the illegal donation made by Vote Leave to BeLeave. It's vital the man who’s supposed to be batting for Britain in Brussels projects integrity, authority & credibility. He has to clear name before first meeting with Barnier. Continue reading

Why Does The Prime Minister Keep Dancing To The Tune Of The European Research Group?

The Prime Minister came to the House to answer questions on the NATO Summit, I asked her why she keeps dancing to the Brexiteers tune. The ink is barely dry on her Chequers deal, but she’s killing it by capitulating to the likes of Rees-Mogg. Continue reading

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