May 14, 2018

Letter to Home Secretary on Protests Outside Abortion Clinics

This week I have co-signed a letter by my Labour colleague Rupa Huq MP to new Home Secretary Sajid Javid. The letter asks him in his new role to continue the review which had been taking place into protests outside abortion clinics and the possible introduction of ‘buffer zones’ to enable women to access health care without fear of harassment.

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May 11, 2018

Supporting Christian Aid Week in Parliament

Ahead of Christian Aid Week, I was pleased to attend an event in Parliament to find out about activities and events taking place during the charity’s annual fundraising week in Cardiff Central. Last year, an amazing £11,324 was raised in Cardiff Central during Christian Aid Week. This year Christian Aid Week is encouraging the British public to stand together with …

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May 10, 2018

Will the New Director of Public Prosecutions Get the Resources to Deal with Disclosure Problems in Criminal Cases?

Today I challenged the Attorney General on whether the new Director of Public Prosecutions will receive sufficient resources to make sure that the recent problems about prosecution disclosure of evidence in criminal cases gets sorted.   Over the past year we have seen the very concerning impact of the Crown Prosecution Services (CPS) failing to deal with disclosure of evidence properly. In 2017 over 900 cases collapsed or …

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May 8, 2018

My Question to the Prime Minister about her “Hostile Environment”

I challenged the Prime Minister in PMQs last week about the “hostile environment” which the new Home Secretary has described as, “not in line with our country’s values”. Whilst she was Home Secretary she boasted that “the aim in Britain is to create a really hostile environment for illegal immigration” but the collateral damage from that has been a required …

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May 8, 2018

The Impact of Monsoon Season on the Rohingya

This afternoon I held a debate in Westminster Hall on the impact of the monsoon season on the Rohingya refugees who, having fled violence and persecution in Burma, are living in camps across the border in Bangladesh. Monsoon season is fast approaching and the area of Bangladesh which is home to the refugee camps is particularly prone to flooding and …

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May 3, 2018

Will We Still Have Access to Erasmus+ After Brexit?

Today I questioned the Brexit Minister on whether UK students will be able to participate in the Erasmus+ scheme after Brexit. Erasmus+ is an educational and cultural exchange programme that benefits UK and European students. In 2016 alone, 2235 students from Wales received Erasmus+ grants to study abroad, and Wales has received over £26 million for educational and cultural schemes from …

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May 2, 2018

Why Our City Should Have Capital City Police Funding

In Parliament today I challenged the Secretary of State for Wales on the Tory Government’s police funding cuts and the fact that our police force does not get recognised as a capital city force attracting specific additional funding.   Cardiff, usually Cardiff Central, hosts more than 400 major events a year at an additional cost of at least £3 million annually. That’s the …

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April 30, 2018

Why Tory Promises to Windrush Children Aren’t Enough

Last week I wrote to the Prime Minister in a letter coordinated by my Labour colleague David Lammy MP demanding that the Prime Minister clarify enshrine the promises she has made to the people impacted by her policies in law. Given the Prime Minister’s record of broken promises and the cruelty and incompetence that has characterised Home Office policy and its implementation – her direct legacy as …

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March 29, 2018

EDM 1144 on Child Abuse in Migration Programmes

This week I have co-sponsored my colleague, Lisa Nandy’s Early Day Motion (EDM 1144) on child abuse in child migration programmes. The full text of the EDM is as follows: That this House welcomes the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse’s Child Migration Programmes Report, published in March 2018; notes the report’s finding that the policy of child migration practiced …

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March 19, 2018

Speech in Welsh Affairs Debate

Today I spoke in the rescheduled Welsh Affairs Debate, which should have taken place on St David’s Day but had to be postponed due to the snow and extreme weather. It was important to me to speak not just about the Wales of here and now, but about our future. You can watch my speech or read the transcript below.

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