September 6, 2019

My Weekly Round-Up

I started the week recording an interview with ITV Sharp End to speak about Labour’s plans for the week ahead and why we absolutely could not trust Prime Minister on Brexit and the timing of an election, which you can watch by clicking here. Then, our vote on Tuesday meant we were able to obtain control of the House of …

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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 9, 2018

Celebrating Cardiff as a European Sporting City

Today is Europe Day where we can celebrate the fact that our once divided continent has enjoyed the longest period of peace it has ever known under the banner of the European Union. And, this Friday the Cardiff Blues will be taking on Gloucester in the final of the European Challenge Cup in Bilbao, Spain. As a fan and a member of the CF10 …

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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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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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July 6, 2017

Backing Musicians and Live Performers Post-Brexit

This week in Parliament I joined the Musicians’ Union, Equity and Creative Unions campaign to back performers to get the best possible deal from Brexit. Musicians and actors are concerned that the Brexit process may lead to the introduction of individual member state work permits and/or visas for British performers touring and working across Europe. Most professional musicians, actors and …

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June 23, 2017

Why We Need to Remain in the Customs Union

Following the Queen’s Speech earlier this week, I am supporting the call for the UK to remain a member of the customs union. I have signed a parliamentary motion (Early Day Motion) to that effect. There will be a huge number of issues arising out of the decision to leave the EU, but the issues of the single market and …

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June 22, 2017

The Queen’s Speech 2017

If we needed anything to confirm that Theresa May is in Government but not in power, this Queen’s Speech was it. A thin, measly script that wouldn’t be fit for one year of parliamentary business never mind the two it will cover. Labour voters can be proud that through their votes they have stripped the Tory manifesto to its bare …

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