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

Statement On President Trump Decision To Postpone A Decision On The Steel Tariffs

Responding to today’s announcement that President Trump has decided to postpone a decision on the steel tariffs until 1 June, Stephen Kinnock, MP for Aberavon which is home to the Port Talbot steel works, the largest steel works in the UK, said: ‘The only thing that President Trump has achieved through this delay is to cause further uncertainty and confusion. Whilst he plays this ludicrous game of cat and mouse, thousands of steelworkers and their families in my constituency are left in a state of limbo, with the possibility of these deeply damaging tariffs still hanging over them. Continue reading

Aberavon MP Hears From Residents Over Brexit At ‘Divided Views, Common Future’ Event

Aberavon residents have had the opportunity to air their views on Brexit with their local MP, after Stephen Kinnock organised an event to hear from both sides of the debate. It was the second meeting in the Divided Views, Common Future series and constituents were invited to give their opinion on what Brexit deal they thought would be good for Aberavon, Wales and the United Kingdom.Over 40 residents attended the session at Port Talbot YMCA with a mixture of views on Brexit. During the course of the discussion they highlighted issues with immigration, jobs, trade and peace in Northern Ireland being particularly significant to them in the Brexit negotiation. Continue reading