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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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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