May 27, 2016

Land Registry Faces Threat of Privatisation

Yesterday, I handed in a petition to the Government with over 275,000 signatures opposing privatisation of the Land Registry. The Lib Dem/Tory Government consulted on similar proposals back in 2014, only to have to abandon its plans in the face of widespread opposition and a very successful campaign against the proposal. Only 5% of respondents to the Coalition Government’s consultation …

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May 26, 2016

Pioneering Dementia Research at Cardiff University

Last week I visited Cardiff University to see how they are working with Alzheimer’s Research UK to lead the fight against dementia. Currently 850,000 people are living with dementia in the UK, including approximately 3,700 in Cardiff alone and we urgently need better ways to treat and prevent the diseases that cause it. During this visit, I witnessed projects at Cardiff …

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May 26, 2016

Steel Industry Pensions – My Question to the Business Minister

The vital steel industry in the UK is under threat following proposals by Tata steel, owners of several major plants here in Wales, to close plants in Port Talbot and elsewhere if a buyer cannot be found for the businesses. Steel plants are the lifeblood of the communities where they are based, providing employment not just for steel workers but …

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May 26, 2016

Funding for the Serious Fraud Office – My Question to the Attorney General

This morning at Attorney General Questions I pressed the Government to look at the way the Serious Fraud Office is funded. In my role as Shadow Solicitor General I asked Jeremy Wright, The Attorney General, about a report from HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate, published this week, which found that the current funding model for the Serious Fraud Office does not …

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May 25, 2016

Air Passenger Duty – My Question to the Secretary of State for Wales

This morning in Welsh Questions I took the opportunity to ask Alun Cairns, Secretary of State for Wales, a question about devolving responsibility for Air Passenger Duty to the Welsh Government. Air Passenger Duty is paid by passengers as part of their flight ticket when they fly from the UK, and currently the rate (how much tax must be paid) is …

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May 25, 2016

Women Are Better Off IN

If we left the European Union women would be worse off – rights safeguarded by the EU would be at risk. Last week the Tory Employment Minister and Leave campaigner let the cat out of the bag saying that “if we could just halve the burdens of the EU social and employment legislation we could deliver a £4.3 billion boost …

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May 23, 2016

Beresford Road Bridge Update

Beresford Road Bridge will be temporarily closing, to allow a full reconstruction as part of Network Rail’s plans to electrify the South Wales mainline. The bridge will be closed from 23rd July 2016. During closure, Network Rail have assured me that the road will only be closed across the bridge and access to all nearby streets and properties will remain in place …

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