September 5, 2018

My Speech on Tory Small Claims Swindle

The Tories are yet again restricting access to justice, this time through a new Bill, the Civil Liabilities Bill, which will mean that injury victims who have suffered injury through someone else’s negligence, will not be able to recover their legal costs even if they win their case.   On the back of the mythical ‘compensation culture’ the Tories have …

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July 17, 2018

What’s wrong with expecting Ministers to know their brief?

  I want employment law and employment rights and protections to be made clearer and simpler. Today I asked the Minister, Claire Perry, whether the government would confirm its support for an EU Directive that adopts an EU wide definition of ‘worker’ and gives all workers the right to a statement from their employer setting out their employment terms and …

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July 5, 2018

Refugee Families and Home Office Accommodation

  I’m getting more and more casework in my advice surgeries about refugee and asylum seeking families with young children being ordered to move out of their Home Office accommodation in Cardiff Central with just a few days notice, to other parts of the UK often hundreds of miles away because of a shortage of accommodation provided by the private …

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July 5, 2018

Rip Off Rail Fares

I challenged Transport Minister Jo Johnson today about the extortionate cost of rail fares on the Great Western line. It costs 3 times more for a standard return ticket from Cardiff Central to London than it does to fly from Cardiff Airport to Barcelona and back. Rip off fares, delays and cancellations mean that unsurprisingly, fewer people have used our railways in the past year. …

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June 28, 2018

House of Commons Asbestos Seminar

Yesterday I had the privilege of chairing the annual asbestos seminar organised by the all-party group on occupational health and safety in the House of Commons. I have a particular interest in this area because I acted for victims of asbestos disease and the families of those killed by asbestos disease in the courts for over 25 years before I …

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June 26, 2018

Show Racism the Red Card

I’m a long time supporter of the charity Show Racism the Red Card and I chair the All Party Parliamentary Group. On the 25th June we had a bit of a football theme to the day in Parliament. In the morning I was launching, with colleagues from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Select Committee, our Bill to outlaw homophobic abuse …

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June 26, 2018

Safe Standing at Football Grounds

Yesterday, we had a debate on safe standing in premiership and championship football grounds in Wales and England following a petition to parliament signed by over 110,000 people. The current law prohibits standing at matches but as everyone who goes to matches knows, standing is happening at every game, particularly when fans go to away matches   Because of the …

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June 22, 2018

Letter from Home Office on Windrush Compensation

  The headlines may have moved on, but the work of getting justice for the victims of the Windrush scandal continues. I recently wrote to the Home Secretary in a letter coordinated by my Labour colleague Kate Green MP, asking about the Government’s plans for compensation.  In his response the Home Secretary said he was still gathering information and that …

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November 14, 2017

Why We Didn’t Vote

I’ve had lots of e-mails about my Labour colleague Jim McMahon’s Votes at 16 Private Member’s Bill. I know many constituents watched the debate on the television and one 17 year old constituent came to Parliament to watch the debate from the gallery. I also know that a lot of people were concerned that MPs did not vote on the Bill. We may have the opportunity to debate the Bill again on …

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