Speeches and Questions

Parliament To Take Back Control With A Meaningful Vote On The Brexit Deal

On the night the Government lost a vote on Brexit in the House, I spoke in favour of the amendment tabled by Dominic Grieve MP. It is vital that Parliament has meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal and the opportunity to send the government back to secure a better deal, if the one the come to us with is inadequate. Continue reading

Without UK Institutions To Take On The Job Of EU Agencies, We Will See Fundamental Rights, Protections And Regulations Being Removed By The Back Door Having Been Rendered Unenforceable.

I tabled an amendment to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill to stop vital rights, freedoms and protections vanishing by the backdoor. I spoke about the amendment and that unless we have UK bodies to carry out the function of existing EU bodies, we'll see rights, freedoms and protections disappear by the back door without anyone there to enforce them. You can watch my speech below.  Continue reading

Financial Settlement Is Contingent Only On The Withdrawal Agreement And The Transitional Arrangements, Not On The Future Partnership

The Prime Minister returned to the House of Commons to update the House on the agreement she reached with the EU in the Brexit negotiations. I asked her about the financial settlement: Continue reading

Effect of Israeli Demolitions On Palestinian Communities And The Peace Process

I secured a Westminster Hall debate on the effect of Israeli demolitions on Palestinian communities and the peace process. You can read my speech below. Continue reading

City Of Culture 2021: Swansea

MPs showed their support for Swansea's City Of Culture 2021 bid during a debate in Westminster Hall. I took part in the debate and spoke about how Swansea winning the bid would have a positive impact on the whole Swansea Bay area. Continue reading

Public Sector Pay

In a packed Westminster Hall MPs called on the Government to scrap the 1% cap on public sector workers and for public sector workers to be paid properly for the hard work they do. I attended the debate and raised the contribution the Council workforce have made to help meet the budget shortfall as a consequence of the Government's austerity agenda. Continue reading

Aberavon Has Certainly Been A Victim Of This Arbitrary And Poorly Designed Gerrymander

My colleague Afzal Khan's Constituency Boundary Bill was debated in the House. It sought to keep the number of MPs at 650 and allows a 7.5% variation in electorate of any constituency instead of the current 5% variation. I spoke in the debate in favour of the Bill and about the impact the current review is having on Aberavon. You can read my speech below:  Continue reading

Exiting EU Committee Questions Head Of HMRC

The Head of HM Revenue and Customs appeared in front of the Committee for Exiting the European Union. I asked him about how much of HMRC's time is being absorbed by the EU referendum result and the cost of it. You can read the exchange below Continue reading

Brexit Minister Should Withdraw Remark And Apologise For Misleading Comments

Today Labour dragged the Government to the Commons to answer Urgent Questions on why they had only released redacted copies of the Brexit impact reports. The reports need to be published in their entirety, as Parliament's motion instructed that they should be. During Urgent Questions I called on the Brexit Minister David Davis MP to withdraw his remarks and apologise for his misleading comments about assurances he gave to the Committee on Exiting the European Union and it's Chair Hilary Benn MP.  Continue reading

We Need To Ensure We Anchor The Rights Of Our Workforce In The Bill

I spoke in the debate on the EU Withdrawal Bill about the need to amend the Bill to enshrine workplace rights and give Parliament say on EEA membership. EEA and EFTA would give unfettered single market access, opportunity to reform free movement, no European Court of Justice jurisdiction & ability to strike trade deals.  Continue reading