April 25, 2016

Immigration Bill

Today, MPs will debate amendments made by the House of Lords to the Immigration Bill. Following pressure by Labour Peers in the House of Lords the Government were defeated or have made concessions on a number of areas in the Immigration Bill. I voted against the Immigration Bill at Third Reading in the House of Commons because I believe it will be …

Continue reading
March 15, 2016

The Investigatory Powers Bill

Today the Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB) will be debated in the House of Commons for the first time. This is called the “second reading” and is the first of a number of stages.  The table below shows how the IPB will have to work its way through each stage in Parliament before it becomes law.  I support the principle of legislation that …

Continue reading
February 23, 2016

Disgrace Over Prisons Not Fit for Habitation

Last week we heard from the Prime Minister about his hopes and dreams of prison reform for England and Wales, how he wanted to see “a modern, more effective, truly 21st century prison system”. He spoke of his optimism for rehabilitating prisoners into “potential assets” and his vision of reforming prisons so that they “empower staff, charities and businesses to innovate …

Continue reading
January 14, 2016

The Tories Are Trying to Take Grants Away From 500,000 Students Without Anyone Noticing

I’ve always been a bit of a cynic, but a hopeful one. The Government’s latest move to disadvantage poor students is straining the limits of my hope. Approximately 500,000 students from England currently receive grants of up to £3,387 per year to help fund their studies. These grants make higher education accessible for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds by helping …

Continue reading
December 9, 2015

TTIP – Debate in Parliament

On Thursday 10th December there will be a debate in the House of Commons about the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Hundreds of constituents have contacted me to raise their concerns about this dangerous trade agreement. In October I met local 38 Degrees campaigners from Cardiff who delivered a petition against TTIP. I am proud to stand up …

Continue reading
December 8, 2015

The Costs of Drink and Drug Driving

As the festive season gets underway, I am urging drivers in Cardiff Central to avoid drink and drug driving, as new data from MoneySuperMarket shows that 1.08 of every 1000 drivers in Cardiff Central have a drink or drug driving conviction. This is the third highest of any area in the UK, with only Crewe and Llandrindod Wells having a higher …

Continue reading
November 30, 2015

Air Strikes in Syria – Vote

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to contact me with their views about the Government’s proposal to carry out air strikes in Syria and the likely vote in parliament. We have all been horrified by the massacres in Paris, Beirut, Tunisia and elsewhere and are united in our desire to see the defeat of ISIL/Daesh. Hundreds and …

Continue reading
September 24, 2015

Assisted Dying (No.2) Private Members’ Bill

I received a very large amount of correspondence from constituents about the Assisted Dying (No. 2) Private Members’ Bill and I wanted to take time to consider all the correspondence properly, together with all of the issues that it raises, before reaching an informed conclusion about the Bill, which was debated on 11th September. MPs were given a free vote on …

Continue reading
September 15, 2015

Trade Union Bill Debate

Yesterday I spoke in the debate about the Trade Union Bill. I am absolutely opposed to this bill, which is an ideological attack on the rights of working people, as well as being a partisan attack on the Labour Party. As so many members wanted to speak, I was limited to just four minutes, so below is the full text …

Continue reading