March 19, 2018

Speech in Welsh Affairs Debate

Today I spoke in the rescheduled Welsh Affairs Debate, which should have taken place on St David’s Day but had to be postponed due to the snow and extreme weather. It was important to me to speak not just about the Wales of here and now, but about our future. You can watch my speech or read the transcript below.

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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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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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January 13, 2016

Will the UK Government Commit to the Cardiff City Deal?

The Cardiff City Deal project is a great opportunity for Cardiff to continue its rapid growth. The proposed deal would bring increased investment in business development and infrastructure for the city and surrounding region. The Welsh Government has pledged £580m for the project, but the UK Government has still not confirmed that it will match this investment. I asked Rt …

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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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