May 9, 2018

Celebrating Cardiff as a European Sporting City

Today is Europe Day where we can celebrate the fact that our once divided continent has enjoyed the longest period of peace it has ever known under the banner of the European Union. And, this Friday the Cardiff Blues will be taking on Gloucester in the final of the European Challenge Cup in Bilbao, Spain. As a fan and a member of the CF10 …

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November 14, 2017

Trade Bill Published

The Tories launched their Brexit Trade Bill last week. This is the legislation that will govern our trading relationship with other countries once we leave the European Union. This Bill would allow the Trade Secretary Liam Fox, to sign new trade deals, copy old ones and favour industries without having to put any of those deals before Parliament for them to be scrutinised and voted on. I …

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September 11, 2017

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

Tonight, I will be voting in the House of Commons on the EU Withdrawal Bill. The Bill has reached what is called the second reading stage of its passage through Parliament. The Bill sets out the government’s approach to how Britain will leave the EU and what role Parliament will play in the process. I will be voting against the Bill.   I’ll …

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June 23, 2017

Why We Need to Remain in the Customs Union

Following the Queen’s Speech earlier this week, I am supporting the call for the UK to remain a member of the customs union. I have signed a parliamentary motion (Early Day Motion) to that effect. There will be a huge number of issues arising out of the decision to leave the EU, but the issues of the single market and …

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January 31, 2017

Article 50 Debate: My Speech

This afternoon I spoke in the debate on the Government’s Article 50 bill, explaining why I will be voting against triggering Article 50 this week. You can read the text of my speech below, or watch it back on Parliament TV here.   Thank you Madam Deputy Speaker I believe that the votes I cast on this Bill will be the …

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May 25, 2016

Women Are Better Off IN

If we left the European Union women would be worse off – rights safeguarded by the EU would be at risk. Last week the Tory Employment Minister and Leave campaigner let the cat out of the bag saying that “if we could just halve the burdens of the EU social and employment legislation we could deliver a £4.3 billion boost …

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