April 16, 2019

Use Your Vote in the European Parliament Elections!

Elections to the European Parliament will take place in the UK between May 23rd and May 26th. I am urging everybody, especially EU citizens living in Cardiff Central to ensure they are registered to vote in these important elections. Your deadline to register to vote is May 7th.   Important: The registration process for the European Parliament elections is different …

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April 12, 2019

My Weekly Round-Up

  This week, the PM travelled to Brussels to negotiate a longer extension to Article 50, as Parliament remains in deadlock. Away from Brexit, I’ve been pressing the Government on the urgent need for new, fit for purpose electoral laws and transparency on online political advertising, the situation in Brunei for women and LGBT+ people and the arrest of two …

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April 11, 2019

Brunei, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia and UK Military Training

Brunei, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia are tyrannical regimes in which women and LGBT+ people face disproportionate repression. These three countries also receive training for their armed forces from the UK Military. Earlier I pressed the Government on this, asking for the Secretary of State for Defence to make an urgent statement on this hypocritical Government policy. You can watch my …

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April 11, 2019

Raising the Arrest of Two Journalists for Exposing the Police Protecting Killers in the Loughinisland Massacre in Northern Ireland – My DCMS Question

Last week, the Foreign Secretary, said that “democracy and freedom of expression mean nothing unless journalists are able to expose the truth”. How does this square with the arrest of two members of the National Union of Journalists – Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey – for their role in making the award-winning documentary No Stone Unturned, precisely for exposing the …

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April 9, 2019

Clean Air Cardiff – Consultation Open Now

There is no doubt about the damage that pollution is doing to the environment and public health –  and the problem is particularly bad in Cardiff. Public Health Wales have stated that poor air quality is probably the second greatest health concern after smoking and is the most significant environmental determinant of health. Recent work by Public Health Wales estimates …

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April 9, 2019

‘Online Harms’ White Paper – Calling For Urgent New Electoral Laws to Tackle Disinformation

The Government has this week published its Online Harms white paper – but there’s a glaring omission. The White paper contains nothing to address the serious concerns in our Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee reports about transparency in online political advertising & scourge of disinformation. With the likelihood of an early General Election, or confirmatory referendum, we need new …

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April 8, 2019

Mosque Security in the Aftermath of the Christchurch Atrocity

    Together with Labour colleagues I have written to the Home Secretary requesting a meeting to discuss additional funding for mosque security. Following the terrorist atrocity in Christchurch and with Ramadan fast approaching, I want Cardiff Central constituents to feel safe when attending prayers, wherever they pray.   The Government has announced some additional funding for security measures at …

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April 5, 2019

My Weekly Round-Up

This week Brexit dominated the Parliamentary timetable once again. Monday saw another round of indicative Brexit votes. I voted in favour of the motion to revoke Article 50 in order to avoid a no deal Brexit – over 85% of the constituents who have contacted me about Brexit votes have told me they want to revoke Article 50 and 20% …

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April 5, 2019

LGBT+ Rights in Brunei – My Questions to the Foreign Office

We’ve all been shocked to see the implementation of the death penalty by stoning for gay sex in Brunei. When the news broke last week of its implementation, I asked some written questions of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, about the safety of LGBT+ Brits living and working in Brunei, and the steps the UK Government takes to promote LGBT+ …

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