Speeches and Questions

Calling For A Meeting With Minister Over Post-Brexit Funding

As Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Post-Brexit Funding for Nations, Regions and Local Areas, I called on the Minister to meet with the Group to discuss the findings of our report. Our report called for UK Shared Prosperity Fund to pay "not be a penny less" than current EU funding & warned against Westminster power grab. Continue reading

Enforcing The Minimum Wage

Since the Minimum Wage was introduced by Labour in 1998 only 14 employers have been prosecuted by HMRC for not paying it. In Treasury questions I asked the Chancellor about boosting the capacity of HMRC to prosecute employers who are failing to pay the National Minimum Wage.  Continue reading

We Are A Proud, Unique Community In Aberavon, Even Banksy Picked Us Out

In this years St David's Day debate I decided to speak about the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, steelworkers pensions, steel procurement, Personal Independence Payments and of course Banksy! Continue reading

Mineworkers' Pension Scheme Is A Burning Injustice That Must Be Righted Immediately

My colleague Stephanie Peacock MP secured a debate calling for the Government to revise the Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme, which has seen billions taken away from miners and their families. I am truly proud, as the grandson of a coal miner, to have been in the chamber to support this debate and said that this was a burning injustice that needed to be righted immediately.  Continue reading

Prime Minister's Deal Is A Bridge To Nowhere

The Prime Minister's deal is a bridge to nowhere. Common Market 2.0 offers a clear, stable & exciting future outside EU. It safeguards jobs and workers rights, offers new controls over free movement, would mean leaving the European Court of Justice, Common Fisheries Policy and Common Agricultural Policy, and it would remove the need to ever activate the Irish backstop. Let's get behind this strong compromise! Continue reading

Absolutely Vital That House Has Sufficient Time To Debate And Scrutinise Withdrawal Agreement Implementation Bill

Withdrawal Agreement Implementation Bill is legislation of the highest political and legal significance. We can't leave the EU with a Deal until Withdrawal Agreement Implementation Bill is ratified. There would be a constitutional outrage if Parliament isn’t given time to scrutinise it. Article 50 must be extended to allow this, but the Prime Minister dodged my question as usual. Continue reading

Why Have Russians With Extremely Close Links To The Kremlin Been Allowed To Give £1 Million To The Conservatives?

In Prime Minister's Questions I asked David Lidington to explain why Russians with extremely close links to the Kremlin have been allowed to give £1 million to the Conservatives. Is it right that the British governing party is in hock to those so close to a hostile and corrupt foreign regime? Continue reading

Prime Minister's Approach Is A Charade, And It Needs To Be Stopped Now

As MPs debated the Brexit amendments, I intervened in the debate to say that the idea that Theresa May can re-open Withdrawal Agreement (‘divorce items’) is a charade - yet another Brexit unicorn. Common Market 2.0 would only amend the Political Declaration on Future Relationship and the EU supports this. Continue reading

Why Does She Not Pivot To The Norway-Plus Option Today?

During Prime Minister's Questions I asked if the Prime Minister was serious about doing away with the Northern Irish backstop, and doesn't want to extend Article 50, then why doesn't she pivot to the Norway-Plus option which eliminates the need for both these things? Continue reading

If The Prime Minister's Deal Is Voted Down, Will She Give The House A Vote On A Range Of Options?

At Prime Ministers questions I asked the Prime Minister if, after her deal falls, she'll hold indicative votes to understand what Brexit might be supported by MPs.  The options would include Common Market 2.0 As usual she failed to answer. Continue reading