Austerity Has left councils At Breaking Point, Westminster Must Give Them The Money They Desperately Need

Theresa May claims to not have a magic money tree, but whenever she raids the back of the sofa she always comes up with the money she needs: there was the £1bn she found for Northern Ireland and then the £20.5bn for the NHS. Well now she needs to go back to that sofa and find the money for local government because without the resources they need councils are teetering on the cliff edge. Continue reading

New book: 'Spirit of Britain, Purpose of Labour' published

Download the book here Our country is more polarised than at any time since the Second World War – by age, education, place and wealth - but above all by values. On one side of the Great Values Divide we have the Cosmopolitans – typically university educated, urban, highly mobile and confident in the modern, globalised world. On the other the Communitarians – often non-graduates who value familiarity, security and community, and have experienced the profound changes of the last 40 years as loss.  The EU referendum deepened these divides; the 2017 General Election entrenched them. Continue reading

How To Oust The Tories And Reunite Our Deeply Divided Country

LabourList Britain is currently both polarised and paralysed. Our entire political system has fought itself to a standstill. This weak and divided Tory government is in disarray over Brexit, and parliament is in stalemate. Rees-Mogg and Johnson are doing all they can to pull us further towards a ‘no deal’ cliff edge – the type of Brexit that would run our economy into the ground, hit our public services even harder and ignite the bonfire of workers’ rights that Dominic Raab and his cronies could, until recently, only dream of. The sooner we get a Labour government, the better. Continue reading

Daily Express Article

Dear Friend, Some of you may have seen a lot of social media traffic around a Daily Express article which claims that a group of Labour MPs have apparently been meeting in a B & B in Sussex to ‘plot against the leadership’. Unfortunately, my name features in the list of MPs who have allegedly been engaged in this activity. I have no idea whether or not any such meetings have been taking place, but I can categorically assure you that I have never and would never take part. Continue reading

This is the biggest threat to democracy we've ever faced in Britain

Independent This month, draft findings of the Electoral Commission’s investigation into Vote Leave, the official pro-Brexit referendum campaign, were leaked, revealing Vote Leave of being guilty of breaking electoral law, on multiple accounts. They are expected to face the most hefty fines in the watchdog’s history. Then there was Cambridge Analytica, the disgraced big data company that was using misappropriated Facebook data to sell elections to the highest bidder and saw Facebook receive the maximum fine of £500,000. Then who could forget Nigel Farage's Leave.EU – the unofficial Brexit campaign bankrolled by the infamous insurance tycoon Arron Banks – which was recently found guilty of "multiple breaches of electoral law", fined £70,000 and referred to the Metropolitan Police for suspected criminal offences. Continue reading

Why I Am Defying My Party Whip And Voting For The Lords Brexit Amendment

This week the House of Commons will be asked to determine the type of Brexit our country seeks. Will MPs back a sensible lords amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill that instructs Theresa May to negotiate a deal keeping Britain inside the European Economic Area, or will we risk a bad deal such as a Canada-style Free Trade Agreement which would do nothing for our services industries and lead inevitably to a hard border in Ireland? Or, worse still, will we allow the government’s profound incompetence to take us over the cliff edge into a "no deal" scenario, where tariffs and non-tariff barriers destroy the jobs and livelihoods of the very people we were elected to represent? Continue reading

Trumps Tariffs Are Scatter-Gun And Utterly Self-Defeating

Commenting on confirmation from Donald Trump’s Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that 25% tariffs are to be placed on British steel imports to the USA - commencing 1st June 2018 - Stephen Kinnock, MP for Aberavon, home of the Port Talbot steelworks, said: Continue reading

Millennifest Conference Cardiff

On Saturday I spoke with young social leaders and activists at Common Vision UK's Millennifest in Cardiff about the importance of their work, and set them the challenge of using their skills and energy to unite Brexit Britain. You can read my speech below: Continue reading

Aberavon MP Slams Virgin Media For Mishandling Possible Closure Of Swansea Operations

Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock joined Assembly Members and Members of Parliament from across the Swansea Bay Region for a meeting with management of Virgin Media, off the back of their announcement to close their Swansea operations by the autumn of 2019 with the loss of almost 800 jobs. Continue reading

With The EEA Vote, The Lords Can Set Theresa May On The Right Brexit Path

The House of Lords has so far responded in a robust, rational and highly effective manner to the government’s EU withdrawal bill. But the most important test of the peers’ resolve is yet to come. On Tuesday an amendment to the withdrawal bill will be tabled in the Lords that, if passed by the Commons, would commit the government to keeping the United Kingdom in the European Economic Area (EEA). Continue reading