July 2, 2019

Protecting Elections and Referendum Integrity from Online Interference

Today, our Digital Culture Media and Sport Select Committee has published a report giving the Government a deadline of the 24th July to confirm that it will introduce new legislation within six months to protect elections and referendums against online interference. Our report accuses the Government of ignoring urgent recommendations in our cross party Committee’s final report into Disinformation and …

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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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March 29, 2019

My Weekly Round-Up

It’s been another Brexit dominated week in Parliament, but we are still really no clearer on where we will end up. On Saturday I joined around a million people on the Put it to the People march in London calling for a public vote on any Brexit Deal with the option to keep the deal we have and stay in …

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February 25, 2019

The 14th Anniversary of Labour’s Fox Hunting Ban

Labour’s fox hunting ban was a landmark piece of legislation, part of the animal welfare revolution led by the last Labour Government. I’m still really proud that we outlawed hunting with hounds in the face of fierce opposition from the Tories who have repeatedly promised to call a vote in parliament to bring this barbarous practice back. But the experience of those 14 years have taught us how we …

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February 1, 2019

End Poverty Pay in Sport

This week I hosted an event in Parliament with Citizens UK on our ongoing campaign for sports clubs and venues to pay the real Living Wage. I got involved with the Living Wage Foundation campaign years ago as a trade union lawyer and have been working with Citizens Cymru in Cardiff aiming to persuade Cardiff City FC and the Principality Stadium to join …

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January 29, 2019

Public Service Broadcasting. Death by a Thousand Cuts

Despite occasional frustration and my anger at the legacy of sex discriminatory salaries exposed by our DCMS Select Committee recently, I value the BBC enormously. But I’m increasingly worried about its future because of the Government’s cuts to its funding. In the age of disinformation and fake news, the principles and ethics of public service broadcasting become ever more important. …

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January 14, 2019

Why I am Voting Against the Prime Minister’s Brexit Deal

  I will be voting against the Prime Minister’s Brexit Deal on Tuesday 15th January. Here’s my speech in the debate where I explain why I oppose her deal, oppose Brexit and call for revocation of Article 50 now or through a second public vote. https://www.facebook.com/JoStevensLabour/videos/380919269324323/  

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January 7, 2019

The Prime Minister must Rule out No Deal

Before Christmas I signed a letter to the Prime Minister alongside over 200 cross party Members of Parliament urging Theresa May to rule out leaving the European Union without a deal (Full letter below). More MPs are signing the letter every day. The Prime Minister is currently trying to use the threat of no deal to bully MPs into accepting …

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December 24, 2018

Good Riddance to Rip Off Overdraft Fees

In May this year I joined with consumer group Which? calling for banks to end rip off unarranged overdraft fees. I’m delighted that the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has now agreed that banks will no longer be able to charge higher prices for people who go over their arranged overdraft limit. These fees most often hit those who can least afford them and contribute to people entering a vicious spiral …

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December 11, 2018

Calling for a People’s Vote

The uncertainty around Brexit continues this week in Parliament, with the government having postponed a vote on the Prime Minister’s negotiated deal due to be taken on Tuesday 11th December. I took the opportunity to ask why, if the Prime Minister is allowed to change her mind from the morning to the afternoon, her government will not agree to a …

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