Speeches and Questions

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

Effect Of Loneliness On Local Communities

My colleague Rachel Reeves MP secured a debate on the effect of loneliness on local communities. In the debate I spoke about the power of the Great Get Together and the incredible way it brought communities together, helping to tackle loneliness and uniting communities.  Continue reading

Can The Government Confirm Once And For All That The Transition Deal Is On The Basis Of ECJ Jurisdiction?

As the EU Withdrawal Bill made its way through Parliament I intervened in the debate to call on the Government to confirm, once and for all, that the transition deal is on the basis of the European Court of Justice jurisdiction. Continue reading

Brexit Secretary And His Party Still Don't Seem To Realise What A Transition Deal Will Actually Mean

On the day that the Brexit Secretary announced that Parliament would have a meaningful vote on Brexit, I questioned him on whether he and his Party realise what a transition deal will actually mean. Continue reading

Government Need Proper Contingency Measures To Defend Steel Industry From Harm

Today in the House I asked the Government what they are doing to defend the steel industry from harm following changes to the EU Emissions Trading System Register. Without UK government action the steel industry could face millions of pounds of additional costs. Continue reading

EEA Brexit Is Only Way To Reunite Britain

I secured a Backbench Business Debate in the House of Commons on British membership of the European Economic Area (EEA). In the debate I argued that an EEA-based Brexit is the one Brexit that could reunite our divided country: it is a Brexit that provides the basis for avoiding a hard Irish border; it is a Brexit that offers the opportunity for reform of free movement of labour; it is a Brexit that maximises access to the single market; it is a Brexit that removes us from ECJ jurisdiction; it is a Brexit that enables us to strike independent trade deals with third countries; and it is a Brexit that provides the certainty and predictability that our country so desperately needs in these turbulent times. You can read my speech below. Continue reading

Exiting The EU Sectoral Impact Assessments

A motion was put to the House calling for the Government to release the Brexit sectoral impact assessments. I spoke in favour of the motion, as without this information it is impossible for Parliament to do its job: hold the Government to account.  You can read my contribution below. Continue reading

Covenant Is Final Nail In Coffin For Prison Proposals

I again attended questions to the Ministry of Justice to raise concerns over plans to build a prison on the Baglan Industrial Estate. On this occasion I asked him about the covenant on the land that states it should not be used ‘other than as an industrial park’ and calling on him to admit that this is the final nail in the coffin for his plans to build a prison in Baglan.  Continue reading

The British People Deserve An Electoral System In Which Every Vote Counts

The petitions committee granted a debate in Westminster Hall for the proportional representation petition. I took part in that debate and advocated that we need a change in our voting system to one where every vote counts.  You can read my contribution below. Continue reading

How Is It Possible To Have A Meaningful Vote On Something That Has Already Taken Place

During Prime Minister's questions I asked the Prime Minister about the meaningful vote the Government promised on the Brexit deal. The Prime Minister failed to explain how that is possible if, as David Davis say, the vote will come after Brexit has happened. You can read the exchange below. Continue reading