July 12, 2018

Report: Local Authorities and Health and Safety

Today the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health, which I Chair, has launched a report on Local Authorities and Health and Safety. You can download and read the report here: APPG_Local_Authorities_Report_2018_AW   Press Release 12th July 2018 MPs Raise Concern About Health and Safety Enforcement A report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health has found that …

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July 5, 2018

Refugee Families and Home Office Accommodation

  I’m getting more and more casework in my advice surgeries about refugee and asylum seeking families with young children being ordered to move out of their Home Office accommodation in Cardiff Central with just a few days notice, to other parts of the UK often hundreds of miles away because of a shortage of accommodation provided by the private …

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July 5, 2018

Rip Off Rail Fares

I challenged Transport Minister Jo Johnson today about the extortionate cost of rail fares on the Great Western line. It costs 3 times more for a standard return ticket from Cardiff Central to London than it does to fly from Cardiff Airport to Barcelona and back. Rip off fares, delays and cancellations mean that unsurprisingly, fewer people have used our railways in the past year. …

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June 28, 2018

House of Commons Asbestos Seminar

Yesterday I had the privilege of chairing the annual asbestos seminar organised by the all-party group on occupational health and safety in the House of Commons. I have a particular interest in this area because I acted for victims of asbestos disease and the families of those killed by asbestos disease in the courts for over 25 years before I …

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June 26, 2018

Show Racism the Red Card

I’m a long time supporter of the charity Show Racism the Red Card and I chair the All Party Parliamentary Group. On the 25th June we had a bit of a football theme to the day in Parliament. In the morning I was launching, with colleagues from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Select Committee, our Bill to outlaw homophobic abuse …

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June 26, 2018

Safe Standing at Football Grounds

Yesterday, we had a debate on safe standing in premiership and championship football grounds in Wales and England following a petition to parliament signed by over 110,000 people. The current law prohibits standing at matches but as everyone who goes to matches knows, standing is happening at every game, particularly when fans go to away matches   Because of the …

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June 25, 2018

Keeping Homophobia Out of the Beautiful Game

I’ve loved football all my life. I love the skill, the drama, the emotional highs and lows and match day traditions. I especially love the fact you can strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere in the world about football, and you’ll have something in common, you’ll make a connection. Even in a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh where, despite …

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June 22, 2018

Sports Tourism in Cardiff

This week at Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Questions, I asked the Department when they were going to allow Cardiff to grow even further and thrive as a hub for sports tourism. Cardiff has proven itself to be an ideal venue for international sports events, as seen by last year’s Champions League Final, but this Government is holding us back. …

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June 14, 2018

Wales and the Heathrow Expansion

At Welsh Questions last Wednesday, I asked the Welsh Secretary whether the Heathrow rail spur link will be ready by its original date of 2020. The Heathrow rail spur link will allow trains from Wales to go directly to the airport without first stopping at London Paddington. Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns couldn’t confirm when the vital link to Wales will be …

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June 14, 2018

Abortion Decriminalisation – My Question to the Prime Minister

After the successful referendum on legalising abortion in the Republic of Ireland, I used my question to continue to put pressure on the Prime Minister to support new legislation to decriminalise abortion in the UK. Women here are still subject to criminal legislation from 1861, under which we can still be punished by life imprisonment for having an abortion without the …

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