February 28, 2018

I Back the UCU Strike

Pensions aren’t the most exciting topic of conversation, but ensuring we have financial security after retirement is becoming more and more important as we live for longer. Representing a university constituency with tens of thousands of students and university staff naturally means I have taken a very keen interest in the current pensions dispute between the University and College Union …

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December 5, 2017

Tax Credits and the Tories’ Two Child Limit

When Theresa May became Prime Minister, she stood on the steps of Downing Street and promised that she would govern in the interests of the “just about managing” acknowledging that people can work every waking hour and still be struggling to make ends meet. But this agenda is increasingly looking like a sham. Last week, the entire Social Mobility Commission …

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November 14, 2017

Why We Didn’t Vote

I’ve had lots of e-mails about my Labour colleague Jim McMahon’s Votes at 16 Private Member’s Bill. I know many constituents watched the debate on the television and one 17 year old constituent came to Parliament to watch the debate from the gallery. I also know that a lot of people were concerned that MPs did not vote on the Bill. We may have the opportunity to debate the Bill again on …

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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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October 12, 2017

Libraries Week: Why Your Library is Under Threat

Yes, fight to save your library, but don’t forget the real reason why it’s under threat. Since the start of the 2010 Lib Dem Tory coalition government, libraries across the country have been faced with closure. This Libraries Week I’m celebrating our local libraries in Cardiff Central. Libraries are one of society’s great equalisers. They bring knowledge, for free, to …

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October 10, 2017

Pressure from Activists and MPs Force UK Government U-Turn on Ivory Trade

Pressure from activists and Labour MPs has forced the Government into another u-turn. In the face of massive public support for a full ban on the ivory trade the Government has said it will launch a consultation on banning the ivory trade in antiques in the UK. It has repeatedly promised this before, but caved into to pressure from the …

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September 29, 2017

Time is Long Overdue for Reform of Weapons Export Rules

In her speech to Labour Party conference this week, my colleague, Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry MP made the very welcome announcement that the next Labour Government will completely reform the legal and regulatory framework governing the export of arms from the UK to foreign governments. All over the world the place you are most likely to find “Made in …

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September 25, 2017

I Call for a Brake on the Universal Credit Rollout

The Universal Credit roll out will happen in Cardiff in February 2018 despite major and widespread concerns about its impact on recipients so far. I have written, with other MPs, to the Conservative Minister asking for the roll out to be paused.   Intended to replace six means tested benefits, Universal Credit has left many people in dire need. They have found their existing …

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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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September 8, 2017

Fair Funding For Wales

The past seven years of Tory & Lib Dem austerity have taken many of our public services to the brink – especially council services. And dedicated public sector workers have borne the brunt of this destructive and disastrous political choice. Because that’s what it is; a political choice not an economic necessity. And whilst money gets poured into England for …

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