I secured a debate in Westminster Hall on a steel sector deal. In the debate I argued that we need the government to approve the steel sector deal & radically reshape the energy market, but they have done nothing. This is about defending our communities & building a successful industrial strategy, and we cannot do that unless we stand up for steel. Continue reading
Jurisdiction Of European Court Of Justice Will Apply In Precisely The Same Way Now As It Will During The Transition Period
As the Prime Minister returned to the House to update us on her meeting with the European Council I asked her about the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. The Prime Minister confirmed what we already knew, that transition would mean everything staying the same, only without us having any say at all including full jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice... So much for taking back control! Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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