November 14, 2018

The Future of Funding in Wales

Today in Parliament I spoke in a Westminster Hall debate on the future of the Shared Prosperity Fund. After we leave the EU the Fund is meant to replace the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund that have provided billions of pounds to Wales.  Despite its importance it has been assigned to the England-focused Department for Housing …

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October 26, 2018

My Annual Report to you 2017-18

Each year I produce an Annual Report to let you know what I’ve been doing on your behalf in both Cardiff Central and in Parliament. If you live in Cardiff Central, you’ll be getting a copy through your letter box soon, but you can also read the full report here: If you want to see my reports from previous years, …

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September 6, 2018

The EU is still our Best Trading Partner

Recently released Government trade figures once again show how important trading with the EU is to our economy. Every year the Government releases figures showing how much the British economy is buying and selling abroad and in which countries that trade takes place. This year’s figures show that we sell almost as much to the 435 million people that live in EU as we do …

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July 19, 2018

The No Deal Brexit Threat to Holidays

Every year millions of people from the UK go to EU countries on holiday, and many of us choose to drive. At the moment we can use our DVLA issued licences to drive in Europe, we accept drivers’ licences from the EU and the EU accepts ours. No extra hassle, forms or cost. But if the shambolic government approach continues …

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May 3, 2018

Will We Still Have Access to Erasmus+ After Brexit?

Today I questioned the Brexit Minister on whether UK students will be able to participate in the Erasmus+ scheme after Brexit. Erasmus+ is an educational and cultural exchange programme that benefits UK and European students. In 2016 alone, 2235 students from Wales received Erasmus+ grants to study abroad, and Wales has received over £26 million for educational and cultural schemes from …

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January 2, 2018

Brexit Questions – Horizon 2020

At this morning’s Exiting the EU Questions I had the opportunity to ask the Minister about the effect of leaving the EU on participation rates in the Horizon 2020 research funding programme, and in the Erasmus + programme. There are three universities in Cardiff Central and I have continually pressed the government on assurances for their futures after Brexit. The …

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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 20, 2017

I Confront Home Office on Erasmus+ Students

There are many thousands of international students in Cardiff Central and across the UK who benefit from the Erasmus+ programme as well as students from the UK who go to study at Universities abroad. I asked the Immigration Minister in the event of  Britain crashing out of the EU with ‘no deal’ could he give any reassurance to international students …

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October 12, 2017

MPs Demand an End to Government Secrecy on Brexit Papers

Together with over 120 MPs I’ve written to David Davis, the Brexit Secretary asking him to publish the findings of an analysis the Government has carried out on what the impacts of leaving the European Union will be on 50 sectors of the economy.   Despite numerous questions from MPs and repeated Freedom of Information requests the Government has refused …

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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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