November 14, 2018

Gambling with Lives: Time for Action on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Today I met Judith and Francesca in Parliament. Judith’s son Chris (pictured below), who was Francesca’s partner, took his own life last year, aged 25, as a direct result of his gambling addiction. Judith fought back tears while she told me that Chris had everything in his life; a loving family, girlfriend, a really good job and he was fit, …

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October 31, 2018

Bad Budget for Solar Power

The budget was another disappointing day for the solar industry in Britain and those who want to prevent the environmental catastrophe engulfing the planet. I wrote to Greg Clark the Business Secretary prior to the budget, opposing the Government’s proposals but the Government has not only gone ahead with  ending the Feed-In Tariff next April, but in a surprise move …

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October 10, 2018

IR35 Reforms

Several constituents have written to me about the Government’s IR35 reforms in the public sector and their plans to extend them to the private sector. I have been looking into the impact of IR35 in the public sector and spoken to a number of constituents about their personal experiences of it too. The Government’s assessment of the progress of the IR35 …

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November 23, 2017

What We Needed from the Budget and What We Got

Yesterday’s budget from the Tory Chancellor was massively disappointing. We needed creative solutions and rapid action to fix the growing problems in our economy but we didn’t get them. We needed an end to the Universal Credit chaos with the roll-out paused and the system fixed.  We got a 1 week reduction on the 6 week wait without any money. …

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July 13, 2015

Tory Budget Leaves Working People in Cardiff Central Worse Off

George Osborne thinks he can fool the British public, but this week’s Budget uncovered the reality that the Conservative Party is not, as he claims, the party of the working people. This was a Budget from a politician wanting to grab headlines rather than putting Britain first. The priority should be to help those in work but we now see …

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