January 25, 2018

Business Questions – Air Passenger Duty

This morning I attended Cardiff Airport’s annual report briefing to Members of Parliament. Cardiff Airport, which is publicly owned by the Welsh Labour Government, has gone from strength to strength, showing a nearly 50% growth since it was taken into public ownership, along with new airlines and routes every year. Allowing the rates of Air Passenger Duty (the tax applied …

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January 20, 2018

Rohingya Refugee Crisis – Asking for a Debate in Parliament

The Rohingya refugee crisis continues in Bangladesh, with Rohingya people fleeing a genocide at the hands of the Burmese military. Bangladeshi authorities are working hard to support as many refugees as they can, but are reliant on international aid contributions such as those made by the UK. Cathays Labour Councillor Ali Ahmed, along with colleagues from the Cardiff Bangladesh Association, …

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August 1, 2017

Asylum Appeal Delays – My Question to the Government

This morning I asked the Leader of the House in Business Questions why there are such long waiting times for people appealing asylum decisions to get a court hearing date. The current minimum timescale for getting a court date is 48 weeks, and then when dates are set they are often months into the future. This is leaving asylum seekers …

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June 29, 2017

Bashir Naderi – Raising the Case in Parliament

This morning I raised the case of Bashir Naderi again in Parliament. Bashir came to the UK as a child refugee over 10 years ago and has made his life in Cardiff, attending school and college here. I first met Bashir when his family came to me for help in November 2016. The Home Office were attempting to forcibly remove …

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December 11, 2015

Call for a Debate on Exploitative Work Practices and the Failure of National Minimum Wage

On 10th December 2015 I called on Leader of the House of Commons Chris Grayling to have a debate in Government time on exploitative work practices and the failure of national minimum wage enforcement. This was prompted by a recent exposé by the Guardian on the exploitative work practices in Sports Direct. Warehouse staff at the group, which is controlled by Britain’s …

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December 4, 2015

Call for Debate on Presumed Consent Organ Donation in Parliament

On 3rd December 2015 I took the opportunity in Business Questions to praise the Welsh Labour Government’s ground-breaking law on automatic consent organ donation. In Wales, as of December 2015, all adults are now presumed to consent to donating organs upon their death unless they specifically ‘opt out’. I asked Leader of the House of Commons, Chris Grayling MP, if there …

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November 19, 2015

Call for Debate on the Legislation of BB Guns and Imitation Firearms

On Thursday 19th November, I asked Leader of the House of Commons Chris Grayling MP for a debate on the current law governing the possession and sale of imitation weapons. My question came about after a case in the Cardiff Youth Court where two 14 year olds were given custodial sentences after an incident involving a BB gun. I was asked …

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