July 20, 2017

Wales and the Queen’s Speech – My Westminster Hall Debate

Taking the fight to the Government in a Debate on Wales and the Queen’s Speech   Alongside Labour MPs from across Wales, I led a debate on the impact of the UK Government’s policies on Wales.   In the face of a poor turn out from Government MPs we covered topics including the impact of Brexit on women in Wales, …

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March 30, 2017

Meeting Staff and Volunteers From The Royal British Legion

I was pleased to meet this week with The Royal British Legion’s Wales Area Manager Antony Metcalfe to discuss support for the Armed Forces community in Wales. The Royal British Legion provides welfare assistance thousands of veterans, serving personnel and their families in Wales every year. It is also the national custodian of Remembrance, best known for its emblem the …

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March 7, 2017

What Will Happen to the Welsh University Sector After Brexit?

This afternoon I spoke in a St David’s Day debate about Welsh affairs and Brexit. I used the opportunity to highlight the issues that the Welsh university sector will be facing after Britain leaves the European Union, including whether the sector will be able to attract the best minds, and if there will be a replacement for vital research funding …

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January 16, 2017

Cardiff Council: Integrated Network Map Consultation

Public consultation has now started on the City of Cardiff Council’s 15-year vision to improve cycling and walking routes across the city, with an Integrated Network Map for walking and cycling. This will meet the requirements of the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 to plan for the provision of routes and improvements for active travel. This consultation closes on Tuesday …

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November 23, 2016

Autumn Statement – My Response

Responding to the Autumn Statement, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales Jo Stevens MP said: “The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement today confirmed what many have been thinking – that the Government has no ideas to improve life for people in Wales. Following six years of stunted growth, Theresa May and Chancellor Phillip Hammond still have nothing new to bring to the …

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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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April 28, 2016

Trade Union Bill Back in the House of Commons

The Trade Union Bill was back in the House of Commons yesterday for us to debate and vote on the amendments to the Bill that the House of Lords had passed. When we finished the debate and vote last night, I had very mixed feelings. We had, through a very effective campaign and hard work by the trade union and …

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April 13, 2016

David Cameron Refuses to Match the Welsh Labour Commitment on Opt-Out Organ Donation

Today I questioned Prime Minister David Cameron about bringing an ‘opt-out’ (presumed consent) system of organ donation to the rest of the UK, following its introduction in Wales. The Welsh Labour Government implemented this legislation in 2015, and evidence from around the world has shown that countries with an opt-out system see higher levels of organ donation, and therefore more …

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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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October 21, 2015

David Cameron refuses to answer my question at PMQs

I was drawn out of the ballot for Prime Minister’s Questions today for the first time. I asked the Prime Minister about the UK’s increased use of food banks since 2010, and if he knew how many more families would now be reliant on food banks as a result of the Government’s cut to tax credits. Needless to say, he …

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