September 29, 2017

Time is Long Overdue for Reform of Weapons Export Rules

In her speech to Labour Party conference this week, my colleague, Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry MP made the very welcome announcement that the next Labour Government will completely reform the legal and regulatory framework governing the export of arms from the UK to foreign governments. All over the world the place you are most likely to find “Made in …

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September 25, 2017

I Call for a Brake on the Universal Credit Rollout

The Universal Credit roll out will happen in Cardiff in February 2018 despite major and widespread concerns about its impact on recipients so far. I have written, with other MPs, to the Conservative Minister asking for the roll out to be paused.   Intended to replace six means tested benefits, Universal Credit has left many people in dire need. They have found their existing …

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September 18, 2017

Would you run an event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day in 2018?

This week, I attended the Holocaust Memorial Day Parliamentary Reception, organised by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. 27 January is the day for everyone to remember the millions murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. HMD is a day to honour the survivors of these atrocities and learn the lessons …

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September 15, 2017

My Call for Action on Rail Electrification

On 21st July, the Tory Transport Secretary Chris Grayling MP, slipped out a written statement in Parliament on the last day before the summer break cancelling electrification of the mainline between Cardiff and Swansea. The Government have tried to present this as ‘good’ news on the basis there will be no disruption for passengers and residents living near the line …

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September 15, 2017

Letter to Foreign Secretary on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

I have written to the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, along with 156 parliamentarians led by my Labour colleague Rushanara Ali MP, calling for government action to help end the appalling violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.   The letter is below.   Rt. Hon Boris Johnson MP, Foreign Secretary, Foreign Commonwealth Office, Kings Charles Street, London, SW1A 2AH   6th September …

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September 15, 2017

I Call Retailers to Account on Emergency Contraceptive Prices

Recently I wrote to Boots plc with Labour MP colleagues about the extortionate cost of emergency contraception at their pharmacies. Boots were charging significantly more than other pharmacies such as Tesco and Superdrug. So I was pleased when they wrote to me to say they had made a decision to slightly reduce the price. I wasn’t so pleased that their …

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September 11, 2017

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

Tonight, I will be voting in the House of Commons on the EU Withdrawal Bill. The Bill has reached what is called the second reading stage of its passage through Parliament. The Bill sets out the government’s approach to how Britain will leave the EU and what role Parliament will play in the process. I will be voting against the Bill.   I’ll …

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September 8, 2017

Fair Funding For Wales

The past seven years of Tory & Lib Dem austerity have taken many of our public services to the brink – especially council services. And dedicated public sector workers have borne the brunt of this destructive and disastrous political choice. Because that’s what it is; a political choice not an economic necessity. And whilst money gets poured into England for …

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