April 28, 2016

Trade Union Bill Back in the House of Commons

The Trade Union Bill was back in the House of Commons yesterday for us to debate and vote on the amendments to the Bill that the House of Lords had passed. When we finished the debate and vote last night, I had very mixed feelings. We had, through a very effective campaign and hard work by the trade union and …

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April 26, 2016

MP For A Week

Last week I took part in the #MPforaweek campaign organised by the House of Commons. This was a project organised by the Parliament Education Service to share with people what MPs do day to day. I tweeted right the way through the week and shared photos on Instagram. To see what I got up to, click here to read my Storify story. …

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April 26, 2016

Justice Questions – Tackling the Prison Crisis

Today, I asked the Justice Secretary to take urgent action in tackling the prison crisis and to stop simply speaking about reform. My question comes following the release of a prison report from Lewes Prison today which found that prisoners were being kept in their cells for 23 hours a day. A similar report released earlier this month from Wormwood Scrubs also revealed high …

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April 25, 2016

Immigration Bill

Today, MPs will debate amendments made by the House of Lords to the Immigration Bill. Following pressure by Labour Peers in the House of Lords the Government were defeated or have made concessions on a number of areas in the Immigration Bill. I voted against the Immigration Bill at Third Reading in the House of Commons because I believe it will be …

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April 21, 2016

Jo Stevens MP Backs ‘It’s No Joke’ Launch

On Friday 15th April, I was pleased to join Cardiff Students’ Union President Claire Blakeway and other students at the launch of Cardiff University Students’ Union’s new campaign to tackle lad culture on Cardiff campuses. The NUS defines lad culture as “a group or ‘pack’ mentality residing in activities such as sport and heavy alcohol consumption, and ‘banter’ which is …

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April 20, 2016

Maelfa Redevelopment Given Approval

Today, after years and years of Lib Dem inaction, the Maelfa Redevelopment project was given approval by Cardiff’s Labour Council. The Maelfa Centre is a lifeline for the residents of Llanedeyrn. It provides vital community facilities, and many Llanedeyrn residents rely on the shops and health centre. Residents have waited a very long time for progress on this development and …

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April 19, 2016

Speaking Up for Low Paid Workers and Seafarers in the National Living Wage Debate

On Monday 18 April I took part in a debate on a motion relating to the Introduction of the National Living Wage and related changes to employee contracts. This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee following a bid from Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh. In February 2016 the Government announced that the minimum wage would be increased to a new ‘national living wage’. However, some …

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April 18, 2016

Urgent Questions – Junior Doctor Contracts

In an urgent debate granted by Speaker John Bercow, I was able to question Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt over his handling of the junior doctors’ dispute. The urgent question was granted to my Labour colleagues after Jeremy Hunt unexpectedly abandoned his repeated threat to impose a new contract on junior doctors – a move that has led to four strikes …

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April 15, 2016

Attorney General Questions – Tax Evasion

On Thursday 14th April I questioned Attorney General Jeremy Wright over the Government’s poor performance to date on tackling and suing tax evaders in the UK. The Panama Papers came to the surface earlier this month and shone a light on the murky world of offshore tax avoidance and evasion. In the space of just over a week, Labour has forced …

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