October 4, 2019

My Weekly Round-Up

To begin the week my competition deciding which Cardiff Central pub I should nominate for this year’s Parliamentary Pub of the Year competition closed, and amongst a raft of Cardiff Central favourites the overwhelming choice once again was the Four Elms in Roath. Congratulations to Jon, Gareth and the team and I know you’ll be working hard to retain the …

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November 14, 2017

Trade Bill Published

The Tories launched their Brexit Trade Bill last week. This is the legislation that will govern our trading relationship with other countries once we leave the European Union. This Bill would allow the Trade Secretary Liam Fox, to sign new trade deals, copy old ones and favour industries without having to put any of those deals before Parliament for them to be scrutinised and voted on. I …

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March 31, 2017

Labour’s 6 Tests for Brexit

I opposed the UK leaving the EU, and resigned as Shadow Secretary of State for Wales and from the Shadow Cabinet in order to vote against the triggering of Article 50.   The Government is now starting negotiations with no clear plan, contradictory statements and a threat to European partners about counter-terrorism and security co-operation, unless a satisfactory trade deal …

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March 9, 2017

The Future of the Customs Union – My Question to the Brexit Minister

This morning I asked the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union to confirm the government’s aim about whether the UK will be part of the customs union. The Prime Minister and the Chancellor have completely contradicted each other. I am extremely concerned by the Government’s attitude to the Brexit negotiations. There is a complete lack of clarity. This …

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January 27, 2017

Vote to Trigger Article 50

I have today made the decision to resign from the Shadow Cabinet, in order to vote against the Labour Party’s three-line whip to support the Government’s bill to trigger Article 50. Below is my resignation letter to Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party. If you would like to contact me about this, or any other issues, please send me an …

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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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December 4, 2015

Labour In for Britain

Labour will defend the rights of working people by campaigning to keep Britain in Europe. That was the message from Alan Johnson, who officially launched the Labour In for Britain campaign. Distinct from the cross party pro–EU campaign, Labour’s campaign calls for the UK to stay in the EU so we can protect working people and stand up for rights in …

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