May 22, 2018

Banning Letting Agency Fees

My constituency, Cardiff Central, has the fifth highest proportion of private renters of any constituency in the UK. Almost 37% of Cardiff Central constituents live in private rented accommodation. So the issue of unfair letting agency fees is never far from my mind. My constituency surgeries are frequently attended by people suffering at the hands of unscrupulous landlords and agents, who …

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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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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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April 18, 2018

Mistreatment of the Windrush Generation

In the last week many constituents have got in touch to express their anger and shame at the treatment of the Windrush generation by the Government, so I thought I would share my response here.   Thank you for contacting me about the unacceptable and shameful situation that many members of the Windrush Generation have been placed in by the Government. I signed …

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April 14, 2018

Air Strikes in Syria

I woke up this morning to the overnight news that the UK had taken part in air strikes in Syria alongside the USA and France. I believe this action is illegal under international law. It has not been requested by the Syrian Government. There is no UN Security Resolution authorising it. It is not an act of self-defence. Those are …

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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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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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