January 27, 2017

Vote to Trigger Article 50

I have today made the decision to resign from the Shadow Cabinet, in order to vote against the Labour Party’s three-line whip to support the Government’s bill to trigger Article 50. Below is my resignation letter to Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party. If you would like to contact me about this, or any other issues, please send me an …

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November 30, 2016

Welsh Questions: Westminster Government Refuse to Confirm Post-Brexit Support for Almost a Billion Pounds of Funding in Wales

This month I led the Shadow Wales team at Welsh Questions calling on the Government to confirm post-Brexit support for almost a billion pounds of funding in Wales. I asked the Minister if he would commit to protecting the pre-existing loans from European Investment bank loans to organisations & public bodies in Wales which total around £830bn. In his answer …

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October 21, 2016

Taking the Lead at Welsh Questions

This morning was my first appearance at the despatch box as Shadow Secretary of State for Wales. I was joined by my Shadow Ministerial colleague Gerald Jones. With the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster so present for many in Wales this week, I took the opportunity to pay tribute to the spirit and resilience of the people of Aberfan …

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July 25, 2016

Attorney General Questions – July

Since the EU referendum result there has been a resounding silence from the Government on whether they will keep the workplace and employment protections that EU law has developed and underpinned in the UK for many years. Our right not to be discriminated against on grounds of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religious belief and age is there because of …

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July 19, 2016

Higher Education Bill Debate

As my constituency includes three universities – Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University and the University of South Wales – I am very passionate about holding the government to account and securing a good future for research and learning in higher education. This afternoon and evening Parliament debated the government’s Higher Education and Research Bill. The Bill, according to the Government, is …

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May 25, 2016

Women Are Better Off IN

If we left the European Union women would be worse off – rights safeguarded by the EU would be at risk. Last week the Tory Employment Minister and Leave campaigner let the cat out of the bag saying that “if we could just halve the burdens of the EU social and employment legislation we could deliver a £4.3 billion boost …

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December 4, 2015

Labour In for Britain

Labour will defend the rights of working people by campaigning to keep Britain in Europe. That was the message from Alan Johnson, who officially launched the Labour In for Britain campaign. Distinct from the cross party pro–EU campaign, Labour’s campaign calls for the UK to stay in the EU so we can protect working people and stand up for rights in …

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October 15, 2015

Petition: Let 16 and 17 Year Olds Have a Say on the EU

Derek Vaughan, Labour’s Welsh MEP, has started a petition asking David Cameron to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in the upcoming European Referendum. The referendum could have far-reaching impacts, and I support extending the right to vote to 16 and 17 year olds on this important issue. In the recent Scottish independence referendum, 16 and 17 year olds were …

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May 22, 2014

Vote Labour in today’s European Elections

Today’s European election is the most important in a generation. Wales has been hardest hit by the Tory/Lib Dem UK government over the past four years. Wages are down £1,600, energy bills have rocketed £300, and Cameron and Clegg’s cost-of-living crisis continues to make life difficult for people up and down Wales. The most recent polling shows that it’s neck …

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