August 3, 2020

Free TV Licences for Over-75s Axed – What you need to do

Despite being deeply controversial and a broken Conservative Party manifesto promise, free TV licences for the over-75s ended on August 1st. What does this mean? If you were previously in receipt of a free TV licence, you’ll now need to pay for it. This means more than three million households are being asked to pay the £157.50 annual fee for …

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July 1, 2020

Why I’m Supporting the Jack Leslie Campaign

Jack Leslie should have been England’s first black football player. He was an outstanding footballer – his career beginning at local team Barking Town, before joining Plymouth Argyle in 1921, scoring 137 goals in a long and illustrious career which ended in 1934. Leslie was named in the England national team to face Ireland in 1925 and was told by his …

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June 17, 2020

Small Charity Week 2020

Small Charity Week is focused on celebrating and raising awareness of the essential work of small charities and the contribution they make to the lives of millions of individuals, communities and causes across the UK and around the world. This year’s Small Charity Week runs from 15 – 20 June 2020. Covid-19 means that this year, celebrations of Small Charity …

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June 12, 2020

Cultural Industries Need UK Government Sector Specific Support – My Letter to DCMS Secretary of State

On Wednesday I wrote again to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport raising the perilous financial state of our cultural industries – theatres, other live performance venues and the talent working across them again pressing for urgent, sector specific support before it’s too late. The sector will be one of the last to re-open because of the …

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May 18, 2020

Help Needed for PAYE Freelancers – My Letter to the Chancellor

I have today written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak calling for action to help PAYE freelancers who are unable to access any support through the Government’s financial assistance schemes.   This is a particular problem for staff at the BBC who cannot be furloughed because the BBC does not qualify for the Job Retention Scheme as a public sector organisation. According …

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February 27, 2020

Re-elected Unopposed to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee

I’m delighted to have been re-elected unopposed to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee for the Parliamentary term. Over the past two years, DCMS Committee work has been a big part of my Parliamentary work. Since initially joining the Committee in 2017, we’ve completed groundbreaking inquiries into topics such as Live Music, Online Harms, Immersive Technologies and …

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January 16, 2020

My EDM: Tackling Online Harm to Children with a Duty of Care Regulator

This week, working with the NSPCC I have tabled an Early Day Motion on tackling online harm to children, calling for a duty of care on social networks to keep children safe online. This follows work done in my capacity as a member of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee into Online Harms and the Government publishing a …

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November 5, 2019

My Monthly Newsletter

My monthly newsletter, detailing my work in Westminster and across Cardiff Central in October is now available. You can read it by clicking here. Due to the upcoming General Election on Thursday December 12th, the current Parliament will be dissolved on Wednesday, there will no MPs and I will become your Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Cardiff Central. I hope to …

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September 13, 2019

Weekly Round-Up

I started the week with a very long and hectic day in the House of Commons sitting into the early hours as Boris Johnson attempted to force through a pre-October 31st General Election before he suspended Parliament for 5 weeks. We stopped it, with the support of other opposition parties and now no election is possible before the no-deal date …

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September 12, 2019

DCMS Committee Report into Immersive and Addictive Technologies Published

I usually spend a day of my Westminster week working on DCMS Committee work and today we’ve released our long-awaited report into immersive and addictive technologies. The publication of the report follows months of Committee hearings involving video games giants like EA Games along with social media giants like Snapchat and Instagram. The wide-ranging report calls upon games companies to …

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