December 31, 2015

Happy New Year

2015. What a year. As it draws to a close and we all look forward to 2016, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who gave their precious time and energy to help me and the Cardiff Central Labour team this year. So many people did so much in different ways. To win was brilliant, but …

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December 17, 2015

TTIP Debate in Parliament

On Thursday 10th December there was the debate in the House of Commons about the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).  I have been campaigning against TTIP for a long time, and have been contacted by hundreds of constituents who share my concerns about this toxic trade agreement and the hugely negative impacts it could have on our country. I …

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December 16, 2015

Opposition Day Debate on Women and the Economy

On Wednesday 9th December I spoke in the Opposition day debate on Women and the Economy. The debate was secured by the Labour Party following its concern over the disproportionate impact of the Conservative Government’s policies on women. House of Commons Library data has confirmed that measures in the Summer and Autumn statement on tax and benefit changes have hit …

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December 11, 2015

Universal Credit: Support for Claimants Moving to the New System

On 7th December 2015 I quizzed the Secretary for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, on some of the key issues that will be faced by claimants when they are switched to universal credit. I asked him about the losses to work allowance that some claimants my suffer, and pressed him on why there is no support for claimants moving …

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December 11, 2015

Call for a Debate on Exploitative Work Practices and the Failure of National Minimum Wage

On 10th December 2015 I called on Leader of the House of Commons Chris Grayling to have a debate in Government time on exploitative work practices and the failure of national minimum wage enforcement. This was prompted by a recent exposé by the Guardian on the exploitative work practices in Sports Direct. Warehouse staff at the group, which is controlled by Britain’s …

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December 11, 2015

Festive Cheer with Royal Mail Staff

On Friday 11th December I visited Royal Mail’s Cardiff Delivery Office to meet local postal workers – including Colin who delivers the post to my office. The festive season is Royal Mail’s busiest time of the year. I had a tour of the delivery office and saw the hard work of local postal workers who sort and deliver the festive …

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December 9, 2015

Cardiff Council Budget- Your Views Wanted

Cardiff City Council is in the process of drawing up its 2016/17 budget. Due to ever harsher funding cuts handed down from the Tories in Westminster, Cardiff Council faces a budget shortfall of £45.6m this year, after already having its budget reduced by around £100m over the last 3 years. Cardiff Council is keen to engage with local residents and …

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December 9, 2015

TTIP – Debate in Parliament

On Thursday 10th December there will be a debate in the House of Commons about the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Hundreds of constituents have contacted me to raise their concerns about this dangerous trade agreement. In October I met local 38 Degrees campaigners from Cardiff who delivered a petition against TTIP. I am proud to stand up …

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December 8, 2015

The Costs of Drink and Drug Driving

As the festive season gets underway, I am urging drivers in Cardiff Central to avoid drink and drug driving, as new data from MoneySuperMarket shows that 1.08 of every 1000 drivers in Cardiff Central have a drink or drug driving conviction. This is the third highest of any area in the UK, with only Crewe and Llandrindod Wells having a higher …

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December 7, 2015

Labour Will Always Recognise Good Business

Labour will take a different approach to business. One which recognises good business and supports small companies with greater, more strategic investment in our economy. In line with Labour’s fairer vision for society, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell set out how business and government can work together to generate and share prosperity. A Labour government would support businesses by investing for the …

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