My Interview With Nick Clegg

 (Photo credit: Times News Syndication) House Magazine The problem with writing anything about Brexit is that in the few days between first draft and pressing send the entire picture can change, multiple times. For example, when I sat down with Nick Clegg in Westminster on Monday 4 December, Theresa May was sitting down for her fateful lunch with Jean-Claude Juncker. All morning Number 10 had been briefing that a glorious new chapter in the negotiations was about to open: the Prime Minister had miraculously managed to conjure up a form of words on the Northern Irish border that was somehow going to satisfy the EU, the Irish government, the DUP and the Brextremists in her own party. Continue reading

Channel 4 News - British Steel Pensions

I was interviewed on Channel 4 News about the unscrupulous and opportunistic financial advisers providing steelworkers with poor financial advice and ripping them off. I called for a crackdown on these vultures and that the Financial Conduct Authority the powers to crack down on these fraudulent pension advisers.  Continue reading

Aberavon MP Raises Concerns With Financial Conduct Authority Over British Steel Pension Scheme Scams

Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock has contacted the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) over worrying reports of opportunistic financial advisers providing steelworkers with poor financial advice and luring steelworkers into transferring millions out of pension funds. Mr Kinnock will be meeting with Mr Bailey next week and has said, ‘I am increasingly concerned about the stories of unscrupulous advisers targeting the steelworkers and cheating them out of their pension money. I will be raising these concerns directly with the Chief Executive of the Financial Conduct Authority.’ Continue reading

Austerity Isn’t Working, Local Councils Are At Breaking Point, And The Pay Cap Needs Scrapping

As the Chancellor gets to his feet today to announce the Budget, I have joined with Cllr Carol Clement-Williams, Cabinet Member for Finance at Neath Port Talbot Council, and Mark Fisher, Chair NPT Unison, to call on Philip Hammond to drop the Government's austerity policies, ensure local government is funded properly and that public sector workers get the pay they deserve. You can read our article, published in the South Wales Evening Post, below. Continue reading

Covenant Is Final Nail In The Coffin For The Ministry Of Justice’s Plans For A Prison On Baglan Industrial Estate

Stephen Kinnock has hailed a covenant on the land earmarked for a prison, as the ‘final nail in the coffin’ for the Ministry of Justice’s plans. Speaking in the House of Commons, the Aberavon MP called on Sam Gyimah MP, Minister for Prisons, to admit that the covenant’s protection of the land for industrial purposes spelt the end of the Government’s controversial plans. Continue reading

Only a Labour no-confidence motion in the Tories can avert a Brexit disaster

Guardian Brexit is often portrayed as just another episode in the long-running and seemingly endless Tory soap opera about Europe – who’s up, who’s down, and who is stabbing whom in the back this week. But the reality is that the outcome of these negotiations will define the future trajectory of our country. From jobs to the value of the pound in your pocket, national security, immigration, food safety and supply, public services funding, employment rights and environmental standards, these talks will shape almost every area of daily life for generations to come. Continue reading

We urge the UK government to halt the roll-out of Universal Credit, before it’s too late

South Wales Evening Post Universal Credit (UC) is supposed to simplify and streamline the benefits system by putting Housing Benefit, Child Tax Credit, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance and Working Tax Credit, into a single registration and payment mechanism. So far, so good. We have no problem in principle with anything that makes our welfare state and social security more effective and less complicated. But the proof, as always, is in the pudding. And the fact is that the way in which the UK government has handled the set-up and roll-out of Universal Credit has been a total disaster, from start to finish. Continue reading

Boundary Commission Wales Revised Boundary Proposals

  Commenting on the Boundary Commission Wales’ latest proposals for parliamentary constituency boundaries, Stephen Kinnock, Member of Parliament for Aberavon, said: “It is good to see that the Boundary Commission Wales has listened to our representations about splitting the Aberavon and Port Talbot wards, and that they have included both areas in the same constituency in their latest proposals. The Commission has clearly acknowledged the strength of feeling and the level of local opposition to their original proposals, for which it should be commended. Continue reading

Commons Diary October 2017

'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us...’ I couldn’t help thinking of the spell-binding opening lines of Dickens’ masterpiece as I watched the slow-motion car crash that was the Prime Minister’s speech at her party conference. What a contrast with the collective high-five that had taken place in Brighton just a few days before, and with the Tory tub-thumping that we saw in the run-up to the General Election.  Continue reading

Healing the divides

 (Photo Credit: The Times News Syndication) Progress, Written by Stephen Kinnock and Joe Jervis Labour’s next big social democratic project must be to unite our fractured nation Britain has so much going for it – economically, democratically and culturally. Yet as a country we find ourselves more divided and polarised than at any time since the second world war. Young versus old, graduate versus non-graduate, city versus town – these have become the faultlines upon which modern Britain is built. Continue reading