Speeches and Questions

Westminster Must Not Use Brexit And The End Of The EU’s Regional Funding As An Opportunity To Short-Change The Poorest Parts Of The UK

In a Westminster Hall debate on the Shared Prosperity Fund and Wales I spoke about how this cannot be a financial or a power grab and the work of the APPG on post-Brexit funding for nations, regions and local areas. Continue reading

Shared Policy Fund Decisions Should Be Devolved

Intervening in the Westminster Hall debate on the Shared Prosperity fund, I called for decisions to be devolved, empowering local authorities, local stakeholders and practitioners who know what works best in their communities. Continue reading

Raab And Meaningful Vote

I questioned Dominic Raab over Parliament's meaningful vote on the Brexit deal. Continue reading

Surely Salzburg Summit Taught Her That The White Paper Was Completely And Utterly Dead In The Water

The Prime Minister keeps telling us that her Chequers white paper will deliver frictionless trade, post-Brexit. The Salzburg summit showed us all that Chequers is completely dead in the water, yet incredibly she just keeps on flogging that dead horse. Time for Plan B: an EEA-based Brexit. Continue reading

Let's Send Mr Putin A Clear Message: British People Will No Longer Tolerate Brazen & Reckless Actions Of Your Regime

Speaking in the debate on the Salisbury Incident, I spoke about my time in Russia, the UK's relationship with Russia and the need to send Mr Putin a clear message: the British people will no longer tolerate the brazen and reckless actions of your regime, and we will no longer tolerate the way in which you and your cronies use London as a laundromat for your ill-gotten gains. Continue reading

No Reason Why UK Cannot Take Unilateral National Action On The Basis Of Magnitsky Amendment

The fact that Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have all taken unilateral action, implementing their Magnitsky legislation, clearly demonstrates that there is no reason why the United Kingdom cannot do the same. Government needs to explain why they have not taken unilateral national action. Continue reading

Government Hiding Behind The EU Won't Wash

It has been four months since the Magnitsky amendment was passed in the House, yet the Government have done absolutely nothing to implement the legislation. The Government are hiding behind the EU but Lithuania is an EU member-state and is pushing through unilateral sanctions targeting Russia individuals (which go beyond a travel ban) on basis of Magnitsky legislation. Continue reading

Affordable Broadband In Aberavon

At questions to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, I called on the Government to tackle the cost of superfast broadband, for many the cost is prohibitive.  Continue reading

Chequers Proposal Is Completely And Utterly Dead In The Water, What Is Plan B?

Barnier has ruled out May’s Chequers plan and Rabb should be ruling out a Canada-style deal which would have no solution to Irish border, & nothing on services – our biggest asset, but he failed to do so here. The only way forward is a unifying EEA-based Brexit. My question the to Brexit Minister: Continue reading

Will Brexit Secretary Give A Guarantee To Produce An Impact Assessment On Brexit Deal?

I asked the Brexit Secretary to guarantee that he'll produce an impact assessment on the government's Brexit deal well in advance of the crucial vote in the autumn, so that MPs can make an informed decision. Let's see if he manages it. Continue reading