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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August 1, 2017

Investing in the Transport Infrastructure Cardiff Needs

Last week the government tried to sneak out its announcement that the mainline from Cardiff to Swansea won’t be electrified, despite numerous promises over a long period of time that it would be. This is the latest in a long catalogue of delay, disregard and decision making that ignores Wales and our infrastructure needs. Since being elected in 2015, I …

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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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June 22, 2017

The Queen’s Speech 2017

If we needed anything to confirm that Theresa May is in Government but not in power, this Queen’s Speech was it. A thin, measly script that wouldn’t be fit for one year of parliamentary business never mind the two it will cover. Labour voters can be proud that through their votes they have stripped the Tory manifesto to its bare …

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June 5, 2017

Animal Welfare Policy

Lots of people have written to me about animal welfare. The Tory government’s record on animal welfare issues is very poor, and I will stand up against cruelty and hunting in Parliament. I share the deep anger of very many people in Cardiff Central about the Tories’ stance on animal welfare. Whilst I was your MP, I did everything I …

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