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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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October 30, 2013

Government Gambling with Public Safety (Letter to Western Mail)

Sir, Yesterday, Labour called a Commons debate on the Tory/Lib Dem plans to privatise the Probation Service. This will see the supervision of 12,000 serious and violent offenders in Wales handed over to private companies. Wales Probation, the third biggest Probation Trust in England and Wales will be abolished. Whitehall will commission services on behalf of Welsh communities and hand …

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