March 16, 2018

Reuniting Refugee Families and Banning Unpaid Trial Shifts

Unusually for a Friday, I am in Parliament today to support two very important Private Members’ Bills. These are the Reuniting Refugee Families and the Banning Unpaid Trial Shifts Bill. As the name suggests, Private Members Bills are Bills introduced by individual MPs rather than by the Government. Because of the complexity and unpredictability of parliament’s procedures, I can’t be …

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February 26, 2018

Fairtrade Fortnight Parliamentary Reception

Last week I attended a reception to mark the start of Fairtrade Fortnight. Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 runs from 26 February to 11 March and this year’s theme is ‘Come On In!’ inviting people to learn more about the Fairtrade movement and how it impacts on the lives of farmers and producers around the world. The event, sponsored by Co-op, gave parliamentarians …

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February 21, 2018

Joint Letter to the Foreign Secretary RE Myanmar Military and the ICC

Along with over 100 of my Parliamentary colleagues, I have co-signed a letter to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson calling for the referral of the Myanmar military to the International Criminal Court for their actions against the Rohingya. The appalling ‘security operations’ against the Rohingya have been described as ethnic cleansing and possibly genocide by OHCHR. I’ve previously raised it in Parliamentary debates, …

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January 31, 2018

Ending Child Funeral Fees – Letter to the Prime Minister

I was proud this week to be among over 160 cross-party MPs, led by my colleague Carolyn Harris MP, to sign a letter to the Prime Minister imploring her to end child funeral fees. The Welsh Labour Government has taken the lead on this issue, and ended fees for child funerals here in Wales, but it’s time for this to …

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January 25, 2018

Business Questions – Air Passenger Duty

This morning I attended Cardiff Airport’s annual report briefing to Members of Parliament. Cardiff Airport, which is publicly owned by the Welsh Labour Government, has gone from strength to strength, showing a nearly 50% growth since it was taken into public ownership, along with new airlines and routes every year. Allowing the rates of Air Passenger Duty (the tax applied …

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January 23, 2018

BskyB and Leveson Inquiry Update

A number of constituents have written in to me over the last few months expressing concerns about both the Murdoch takeover bid of BskyB and the family’s corporate conduct. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have now said that the proposed purchase of Sky by Fox would hand too much power and influence to the Murdoch family and that the …

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January 23, 2018

Open Letter to the Government on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

I have today signed my Labour colleague Carolyn Harris’s open letter to the Government, asking for the maximum stake to be reduced from the current £100 to £2. Here is the letter in full:   Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport 100 Parliament St London SW1A 2BQ   23 January 2018   Dear …

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January 20, 2018

Rohingya Refugee Crisis – Asking for a Debate in Parliament

The Rohingya refugee crisis continues in Bangladesh, with Rohingya people fleeing a genocide at the hands of the Burmese military. Bangladeshi authorities are working hard to support as many refugees as they can, but are reliant on international aid contributions such as those made by the UK. Cathays Labour Councillor Ali Ahmed, along with colleagues from the Cardiff Bangladesh Association, …

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January 18, 2018

Transport Questions – Funding for Cardiff Central Station

This morning in Transport Questions I asked the Secretary of State whether he would commit UK Government funding towards the much-needed redevelopment of Cardiff Central Station. The station is getting busier every year, with passenger numbers expected to reach 22 million in the next five years. Cardiff’s Labour Council and the Welsh Labour Government have this week released proposals for …

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January 11, 2018

Save our Live Music Venues – the Agent of Change Bill

This week my Labour colleague John Spellar MP introduced a bill which would help to protect live music venues in England using the Agent of Change principle, which the Welsh Government has led the way by introducing in Wales. I was proud to be a sponsor of the bill, which has had cross-party support, and part of a demonstration outside …

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