Since being in Parliament, I have taken part in numerous Commons debates and asked several oral and written parliamentary questions. Copies of all the speeches and questions I have made since becoming a Member of Parliament can be found here.
Even though speaking in the House of Commons is high profile, most of the work is done in Committees and it is during Committees that close scrutiny of government legislation can take place.
There is a Commons Select Committee for each government department. I previously sat on the Justice Select Committee and I am currently a member of the Environmental Audit Committee which examines the extent to which the policies and programmes of government departments and non-departmental public bodies contribute to environmental protection and sustainable development.
More information about the Environmental Audit Committee can be found here.
Labour’s Shadow Treasury Team
In October 2013, after a year on Labour’s Shadow Environment Team, I joined Labour’s Shadow Treasury Team as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Chris Leslie MP.
Since my election to Parliament in May 2010 I have spoken several times in the House of Commons about the government’s failed economic policy and the impact of falling living standards on households in Islwyn.
My role will be ensuring that George Osborne and his economic team are held to account for the damage they are doing to our economy.
14.08.14 - ‘Get insured before you go’ urges Islwyn MP. read more
08.08.14 - Behind each WWI statistic is a story. read more
08.08.14 - Travel back in time in Risca. read more
02.08.14 - Carnival fever comes to Blackwood. read more
25.07.14 - Islwyn MP says veterans with hearing problems are being let down. read more
23.07.14 - ‘Scandalous’ says Islwyn MP as it’s revealed that millions are missing off the electoral register. read more
22.07.14 - NATO Summit should put Welsh businesses in the shop window of the world’ says Islwyn MP. read more
21.07.14 - Islwyn MP calls on the government to back Britain’s locals. read more
18.07.14 - Newbridge hosts Zimbabwe arts and crafts market. read more
18.07.14 - Islwyn MP opens Markham Flower Festival. read more
18.07.14 - Islwyn MP asks ‘which number are you? read more
15.07.14 - Islwyn MP joins Blackwood Brownies at Big Brownie Birthday bash. read more
02.07.14 - Women in work deserve better’ says Islwyn MP. read more
02.07.14 - Islwyn MP joined the launch of the first dementia-friendly parliament in the world. read more
02.07.14 - Islwyn MP warns posties to watch their fingers. read more
25.06.14 - Islwyn MP congratulates the credit union on its 50th anniversary. read more
24.06.14 - Islwyn MP says ‘People with Motor Neurone Disease have a voice. read more
18.06.14 - Islwyn MP teams up with former actor to premier disability hate crime video. read more
10.06.14 - Islwyn MP wishes constituent happy 100th birthday. read more
10.06.14 - Islwyn MP opens Blackwood art group’s debut exhibition. read more
23.05.14 - Other schools should follow Waunfawr Primary’s example. read more
19.05.14 - Islwyn MP hosts Blackwood business breakfast with Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury. read more
12.05.14 - Islwyn MP has warned that more advice needs to be given to cancer patients on welfare benefits. read more