June 14, 2018

Wales and the Heathrow Expansion

At Welsh Questions last Wednesday, I asked the Welsh Secretary whether the Heathrow rail spur link will be ready by its original date of 2020. The Heathrow rail spur link will allow trains from Wales to go directly to the airport without first stopping at London Paddington. Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns couldn’t confirm when the vital link to Wales will be …

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May 2, 2018

Why Our City Should Have Capital City Police Funding

In Parliament today I challenged the Secretary of State for Wales on the Tory Government’s police funding cuts and the fact that our police force does not get recognised as a capital city force attracting specific additional funding.   Cardiff, usually Cardiff Central, hosts more than 400 major events a year at an additional cost of at least £3 million annually. That’s the …

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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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January 25, 2017

Welsh Questions: Government Still Has No Answers

In today’s Welsh questions I took the opportunity once again to press the UK Government on their lack of support for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon. The energy-generating lagoon would be an initial project which, if successful, could be replicated in other locations around the UK coastline including Cardiff and Newport. The clean, green energy generated by the lagoons would …

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November 30, 2016

Welsh Questions: Westminster Government Refuse to Confirm Post-Brexit Support for Almost a Billion Pounds of Funding in Wales

This month I led the Shadow Wales team at Welsh Questions calling on the Government to confirm post-Brexit support for almost a billion pounds of funding in Wales. I asked the Minister if he would commit to protecting the pre-existing loans from European Investment bank loans to organisations & public bodies in Wales which total around £830bn. In his answer …

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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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May 25, 2016

Air Passenger Duty – My Question to the Secretary of State for Wales

This morning in Welsh Questions I took the opportunity to ask Alun Cairns, Secretary of State for Wales, a question about devolving responsibility for Air Passenger Duty to the Welsh Government. Air Passenger Duty is paid by passengers as part of their flight ticket when they fly from the UK, and currently the rate (how much tax must be paid) is …

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February 24, 2016

Welsh Questions: Cardiff City Deal

This morning I asked Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb MP whether or not he has received confirmation from the Treasury that the UK Government will match the pledged investment of £580m for the project. The Cardiff City Deal is a fantastic chance for Cardiff to continue its rapid growth. The projected deal would bring increased investment in business …

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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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