November 14, 2018

The Future of Funding in Wales

Today in Parliament I spoke in a Westminster Hall debate on the future of the Shared Prosperity Fund. After we leave the EU the Fund is meant to replace the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund that have provided billions of pounds to Wales.  Despite its importance it has been assigned to the England-focused Department for Housing …

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November 14, 2018

Gambling with Lives: Time for Action on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Today I met Judith and Francesca in Parliament. Judith’s son Chris (pictured below), who was Francesca’s partner, took his own life last year, aged 25, as a direct result of his gambling addiction. Judith fought back tears while she told me that Chris had everything in his life; a loving family, girlfriend, a really good job and he was fit, …

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November 7, 2018

Preventing Cardiovascular Disease

Jo Stevens MP looking at the report with representatives from Heart UK

I met with HEART UK in Parliament at the launch of their report into cardiovascular disease (CVD) and its effect on the UK. CVD is responsible for 160,000 deaths across the UK every year, that’s a quarter of all deaths across the UK. It’s also one of the leading causes of premature death with 40,000 people dying prematurely from CVD …

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October 31, 2018

Women Trade Unionists making a Difference Beyond the Workplace

Not being able to afford to buy sanitary products is embarrassing and demeaning. Period poverty is a big issue across the country. Eight years of austerity policy from the coalition and subsequent Tory Governments has directly contributed to this shameful state of affairs. That’s why I met with women trade unionists from my union, GMB, in parliament to help them …

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October 26, 2018

My Annual Report to you 2017-18

Each year I produce an Annual Report to let you know what I’ve been doing on your behalf in both Cardiff Central and in Parliament. If you live in Cardiff Central, you’ll be getting a copy through your letter box soon, but you can also read the full report here: If you want to see my reports from previous years, …

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September 5, 2018

My Speech on Tory Small Claims Swindle

The Tories are yet again restricting access to justice, this time through a new Bill, the Civil Liabilities Bill, which will mean that injury victims who have suffered injury through someone else’s negligence, will not be able to recover their legal costs even if they win their case.   On the back of the mythical ‘compensation culture’ the Tories have …

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July 27, 2018

Agent of Change Principle Campaign – Progress in England

The Agent of Change Principle has been added to the planning rules for England today.   The principle is part of planning law which puts the responsibility on developers of new buildings to resolve any noise issues from existing venues.   Before the law was brought in, music and performance venues were suffering huge costs and, in some cases, being …

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July 23, 2018

Joint Letter on Women’s Reproductive Healthcare Rights in Northern Ireland

  Together with 170 other British and Irish Parliamentarians, I have signed a joint letter to the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach of the Irish Republic on abortion rights in Northern Ireland. Both the UK and the Republic of Ireland must uphold human rights in Northern Ireland as part of the Good Friday Agreement. The UK Supreme Court has recently found that abortion law as it stands in Northern Ireland is incompatible with article …

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July 17, 2018

What’s wrong with expecting Ministers to know their brief?

  I want employment law and employment rights and protections to be made clearer and simpler. Today I asked the Minister, Claire Perry, whether the government would confirm its support for an EU Directive that adopts an EU wide definition of ‘worker’ and gives all workers the right to a statement from their employer setting out their employment terms and …

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