My November newsletter is now out, with news from Aberavon and Parliament.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
I ran the Richard Burton 10k on the weekend. There were almost 2,000 runners this year and organisers had set a new challenging course. As always there was a fantastic community spirit in Cwmavon and it was great to have much needed support from Helle. I finished in a respectable time of 54 minutes and 44 seconds. Well done to all those that took part and to the organisers for another fantastic event.
Commenting on proposals to close Cymer Afan School and for pupils to go to Ysgol Newydd Margam, which are due go to consultation later this year, local MP Stephen Kinnock said,
"Cymer Afan School holds a special place in the hearts of communities living in Cymmer, Gwynfi and Glyncorrwg. Indeed, generations of families in the Upper Afan Valley have been educated at the school. It also has a first-class academic reputation, and is currently recognised by Estyn, the Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales, as a good school. The proposal to close Cymer Afan, and for pupils to travel to Ysgol Newydd Margam, is therefore a bitter blow.Read more
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.Read more