It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Brady. I thank the hon. Member for Dwyfor Meirionnydd (Liz Saville Roberts) for securing this debate. The proposals for a new prison in my constituency have caused consternation among many local residents. Their frustration has been exacerbated by the Minister’s reluctance to visit the constituency and to hear the concerns of residents directly from them. Back in March, I warned the Minister that if he did not engage comprehensively with the local community, speculation would grow. Six months on, the Minister has failed to engage with the community, with the result that speculation is indeed rife, and there is guesswork and hearsay. When the Government fail to give us the information we need, what else do they expect? Continue reading
It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent South (Jack Brereton). Last June, the British people voted to leave the European Union. It was an outcome that I campaigned against, but it is a decision that I fully accept and respect as a democrat. That is why I voted to trigger article 50, and I have spent the past 15 months considering how to make Brexit work. It is precisely in that vein, driven by a desire to defend and advance our national interest and to enact the will of the British people, that I have risen today to urge hon. Members to decline to give this Bill a Second Reading. Continue reading
In questions to the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, I called on him to commit to a vote on British membership of the EEA: Continue reading
Jo Stevens MP secured a Westminster Hall debate on Wales and the Queen's speech. I took the opportunity to raise the issue of the tidal lagoon and when we are going to get the go-ahead from the Government. Continue reading
The Prime Minster attended the House of Commons today to answer questions on the G20 summit that took place last week. I questioned her on her discussions with China's President Xi and action over Chinese steel: Continue reading
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