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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June 17, 2015

Welsh Office Minister Refuses to Rule Out Network Rail Privatisation

When I asked about this issue during Welsh Questions in Parliament today, Alun Cairns, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, refused to give a clear answer. My question in full: “Many Welsh passengers use railway lines under the control of the UK Government, like the Great Western Line, and they are concerned about suggestions that the Government is going to …

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April 10, 2015

Helping Small Businesses Thrive

Last week I was pleased to welcome Edwina Hart AM, Welsh Government Minister for Science, Economy and Transport, to Cardiff Central. We visited a great local business, Penylan Pantry, and chatted with owners Mel and Jo about setting up their business, and the challenges small businesses are currently facing. Mel and Jo set up Penylan Pantry just over a year …

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