Speeches and Questions

Trade With Businesses Based In The Illegally Occupied Territories Of The West Bank Should Be Sanctioned

During a debate in Westminster Hall on the centenary of the Balfour declaration I was able to intervene and ask whether trade with businesses based in the illegally occupied territories of the West Bank should be sanctioned. Continue reading

Prime Minister Fails To Answer Question On Plan To Avert Disaster At Port Of Dover In Event Of A No Deal Brexit

The Prime Minister gave a statement in the House on the progress being made in the Brexit negotiations. I was ask her about what plans the Government has to avert a disaster at the port of Dover in the event of a 'no deal' Brexit. You can read my question below and how the Prime Minister was unable to answer: Continue reading

EU Negotiations Update

After the conference recess Theresa May updated the House of Commons on Brexit negotiations. I was able to ask her about the transition deal: Continue reading

Nissan Letter

My question to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the famous letter to Nissan: Continue reading

Look Again At Felindre As A More Appropriate Site To Locate The Prison

  It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Brady. I thank the hon. Member for Dwyfor Meirionnydd (Liz Saville Roberts) for securing this debate. The proposals for a new prison in my constituency have caused consternation among many local residents. Their frustration has been exacerbated by the Minister’s reluctance to visit the constituency and to hear the concerns of residents directly from them. Back in March, I warned the Minister that if he did not engage comprehensively with the local community, speculation would grow. Six months on, the Minister has failed to engage with the community, with the result that speculation is indeed rife, and there is guesswork and hearsay. When the Government fail to give us the information we need, what else do they expect? Continue reading

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill Looks Like A Silent Coup

It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent South (Jack Brereton). Last June, the British people voted to leave the European Union. It was an outcome that I campaigned against, but it is a decision that I fully accept and respect as a democrat. That is why I voted to trigger article 50, and I have spent the past 15 months considering how to make Brexit work. It is precisely in that vein, driven by a desire to defend and advance our national interest and to enact the will of the British people, that I have risen today to urge hon. Members to decline to give this Bill a Second Reading. Continue reading

Stephen Kinnock Calls On Government To Commit To Vote On Membership Of EEA

In questions to the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, I called on him to commit to a vote on British membership of the EEA: Continue reading

EU Negotiations

The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union updated Parliament on the negotiations that have taken place during the summer recess. I asked him about how the chaotic and shambolic way the negotiations were impacting on economic growth. Continue reading

Will the Minister come to the public meeting?

In the first Parliamentary questions after the summer recess I pressed the Minister for Prisons, Sam Gyimah, on whether he will be attending the public meeting on the proposed prison in Port Talbot. His response was disappointing Continue reading

Prime Minister Needs To Match Her Rhetoric On Climate Change

Jo Stevens MP secured a Westminster Hall debate on Wales and the Queen's speech. I took the opportunity to raise the issue of the tidal lagoon and when we are going to get the go-ahead from the Government. Continue reading