Thousands of honest, hardworking steelworkers in my Aberavon constituency and across the country were left exposed to opportunistic and unscrupulous financial advisers. They sought to exploit the steelworkers when they were forced to decide whether to move to the British Steel Pension Scheme 2 or transfer out into another pension scheme.
So far £1.8 million in compensation has been paid out to 61 steelworkers who have been missold pensions. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. Around eight thousand steelworkers transferred out and more than half received unsuitable advice. In a Westminster Hall debate on the scandal I set out how we can get justice.Read more
Westminster Must Not Use Brexit And The End Of The EU’s Regional Funding As An Opportunity To Short-Change The Poorest Parts Of The UK
In a Westminster Hall debate on the Shared Prosperity Fund and Wales I spoke about how this cannot be a financial or a power grab and the work of the APPG on post-Brexit funding for nations, regions and local areas.
You can read the APPG report of an initial inquiry into the UK Shared Prosperity Fund here
Intervening in the Westminster Hall debate on the Shared Prosperity fund, I called for decisions to be devolved, empowering local authorities, local stakeholders and practitioners who know what works best in their communities.Read more
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!Read more
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.Read more
In a Westminster Hall debate I argued that Britain must engage with Russia as it is, and not how we would like it to be. We must understand the history, culture, interests and foreign policy objectives of this vast nation, whilst also being absolutely clear, strong and resolute in the face of Russian aggression.Read more
As the Minister responded to the debate on on alternatives to a no-deal outcome in negotiations with the EU, I challenged her on how an EEA EFTA Brexit not only preserves market access, jobs & opportunities, but that it also ticks all of the government's leave boxes: ending ECJ jurisdiction and direct effect, allowing the reform of free movement, collaboration on trade and security, and the ability to strike trade deals.Read more
During the debate on alternatives to a no-deal outcome in negotiations with the EU, I made the point that the European Economic Area (EEA) and the single market are not the same thing.Read more
In a Westminster Hall debate on alternatives to a no-deal outcome in negotiations with the EU, I argued that a no deal is not an option and that we should push for an EEA/EFTA Brexit.Read more
A debate was held in Westminster Hall on the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). In the debate I called for an EEA EFTA Brexit, a deal that can reunite the country and give a voice to the silent majority with a Brexit that lets us take back control and protects jobs, opportunity and prosperity.Read more