November 30, 2015

Air Strikes in Syria – Vote

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to contact me with their views about the Government’s proposal to carry out air strikes in Syria and the likely vote in parliament. We have all been horrified by the massacres in Paris, Beirut, Tunisia and elsewhere and are united in our desire to see the defeat of ISIL/Daesh. Hundreds and …

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November 26, 2015

RNIB Parliamentary Event

This week, I supported a campaign by sight loss charity the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to ensure that everyone diagnosed with sight loss receives practical and emotional support to come to terms with their diagnosis. I attended a Parliamentary reception hosted by The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), and supported by Blind Veterans UK, for the launch of RNIB’s …

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November 19, 2015

Call for Debate on the Legislation of BB Guns and Imitation Firearms

On Thursday 19th November, I asked Leader of the House of Commons Chris Grayling MP for a debate on the current law governing the possession and sale of imitation weapons. My question came about after a case in the Cardiff Youth Court where two 14 year olds were given custodial sentences after an incident involving a BB gun. I was asked …

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November 12, 2015

Trade Union Bill: Third Reading and Report Stage

On Tuesday 10th November the Trade Union Bill reached report and third reading stage in the House of Commons. I attended the whole of the debate, together with Labour colleagues, armed with the arguments to demonstrate the vindictive, pernicious nature of this Bill and its impact on over 6 million trade unionists across the country. We were united in our opposition …

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November 11, 2015

I’m supporting EDM 676: Calling For More British Women to be Included on the New British Passport

On Monday 9th November I sponsored EDM 676 which recognises the great contribution of women to British national culture, and suggests that any or all of these women are worthy of inclusion on the new British Passport. The EDM came to fruition after the UK Passport Office released the new design of the British Passport, which is designed to celebrate arts and culture over …

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November 10, 2015

Policing Minister Fails to Answer My Question on Funding for South Wales Police

On Monday 9th November I had the opportunity to quiz Policing Minister Mike Penning on the Home Office’s failures in calculating police funding for South Wales. It was important to question the Minister on this matter as it was revealed on Friday that the Home Office’s proposed new funding formula for police forces was based on the wrong data, leaving …

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November 5, 2015

Congratulations to Cardiff University Winning Living Wage 2015 Award for Wales

As a long time Living Wage campaigner I was proud to congratulate Cardiff University in Parliament today on their Living Wage Champion Award, the only university in the UK to receive this recognition. I also took the opportunity to ask Chris Grayling, Leader of the House, to advise the Chancellor that the Tories’ so called national living wage is nothing …

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November 5, 2015

Trade Union Lobby of Parliament

On Monday, trade union members from around the UK came to Parliament to oppose the Trade Union Bill. I met with trade union members from Cardiff and across Wales to listen to grave concerns about the Bill and how it will erode democratic rights at work. I was able to explain how I have scrutinised and opposed every clause of the …

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November 2, 2015

Trade Union Bill: End of Committee Stage

Last week the Committee Stage of the Tories’ Trade Union Bill drew to a close. Our Labour team listened as Tory Minister Nick Boles tried to present the Bill as an altruistic attempt to help modernise trade union practices. Well I’m afraid Nick, it didn’t work.

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