January 19, 2016

Standing Up for Cardiff Students in Parliament

I spoke up for Cardiff students in the House of Commons today, during a debate on the UK Government’s plan to scrap student maintenance grants and replace them with loans. Following the Tories’ attempts to push the changes through in a delegated legislation committee, bypassing full Parliamentary debate and scrutiny, Labour used one of its limited number of Opposition Days …

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January 14, 2016

Appointment as Shadow Solicitor General

This week I have accepted the position as Shadow Solicitor General. The role of Shadow Solicitor General involves providing support to the Shadow Attorney General on civil litigation and advice on civil law matters and on the public interest function. I will be combining my Shadow Justice Ministerial post with that of Shadow Solicitor General. Prior to my election in …

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January 14, 2016

The Tories Are Trying to Take Grants Away From 500,000 Students Without Anyone Noticing

I’ve always been a bit of a cynic, but a hopeful one. The Government’s latest move to disadvantage poor students is straining the limits of my hope. Approximately 500,000 students from England currently receive grants of up to £3,387 per year to help fund their studies. These grants make higher education accessible for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds by helping …

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January 14, 2016

I Ask My First Question from the Despatch Box on Conviction Rates for Rape, Sexual Offences and Domestic Abuse

Today in my new role as Shadow Solicitor General I questioned the Solicitor General, Robert Buckland MP, on conviction rates for rape, sexual offences and domestic abuse. I asked the Solicitor General whether the UK Government will legislate with a Violence against Women and Girls Bill similar to that passed by the Welsh Assembly in 2015. The full text of the …

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January 13, 2016

Will the UK Government Commit to the Cardiff City Deal?

The Cardiff City Deal project is a great opportunity for Cardiff to continue its rapid growth. The proposed deal would bring increased investment in business development and infrastructure for the city and surrounding region. The Welsh Government has pledged £580m for the project, but the UK Government has still not confirmed that it will match this investment. I asked Rt …

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January 8, 2016

Appointment as Shadow Minister for Justice

I have this week accepted an invitation to join the Labour front bench as Shadow Minister for Justice with responsibility for prisons, probation, youth justice and sentencing. I am joining the shadow justice team led by Lord Charlie Falconer. Prior to my election in May 2015 I was a solicitor and director of a national firm of trade union solicitors. I …

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January 8, 2016

Labour Calls for End to Discussions on Judicial Co-operation with Saudi Arabia

Labour is calling on the Government to end all discussions on judicial cooperation with Saudi Arabia and for the publication of the Memorandum of Understanding that Chris Grayling, then Secretary of State for Justice, signed with the Saudi Minister of Justice on 10th September 2014. This comes in response to the 47 executions carried out by the Kingdom of Saudi …

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January 4, 2016

Information Fun Day

On February 19th, I will be hosting an Information Fun Day at the Powerhouse, Llanedeyrn.  The event will run from 10am-2pm, and will consist of a number of advice organisations, charities and community organisations having a stall at the Powerhouse, ready to give advice on a variety of issues. The list of organisations coming along on the day is still …

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