Speeches and Questions

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

Is Chequers Absolutely Dead In The Water?

During the debate over the future relationship between the UK and EU I challenged the Government benches over whether the Chequers deal is absolutely dead in the water. Continue reading

Vote Leave Donation

I asked Dominic Raab to explain what he knew about the illegal donation made by Vote Leave to BeLeave. It's vital the man who’s supposed to be batting for Britain in Brussels projects integrity, authority & credibility. He has to clear name before first meeting with Barnier. Continue reading

Why Does The Prime Minister Keep Dancing To The Tune Of The European Research Group?

The Prime Minister came to the House to answer questions on the NATO Summit, I asked her why she keeps dancing to the Brexiteers tune. The ink is barely dry on her Chequers deal, but she’s killing it by capitulating to the likes of Rees-Mogg. Continue reading

Steel Summit: Steel 2020 Contains A Detailed Road Map On What Can Be Done

The British steel industry is hobbled by punitive energy costs (far higher than in Germany, France & Netherlands). In January 2017 the all party group on Steel produced 'Steel 2020', with recommendations on how to reduce costs. Claire Perry promised she'll read it. Looking forward to her feedback! Continue reading

Steel Summit: Closure Of The Blast Furnace & Coke Ovens Was An Act Of Industrial Vandalism

During a Westminster Hall debate, secured by my colleague Anna Turley, I called the closure of the blast and coke ovens in Redcar an action of industrial vandalism which led to the loss of a strategic asset for our country.  Continue reading

Chequers Proposal Is A Bureaucratic Nightmare That’s Riddled With Complexity And Ambiguity

The Chequers proposal is a bureaucratic nightmare that’s riddled with complexity and ambiguity. Surely the Prime Minister must now stop trying to re-invent the wheel, and commit instead to an EEA-based Brexit? My question to her in the House: Continue reading