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.
11.04.14 - Islwyn MP supports call for armed forces credit union. read more
04.04.14 - Islwyn MP backs a closer look at credit cards. read more
03.04.14 - Islwyn MP urges government to speed up action on plain packs. read more
03.04.14 - Islwyn MP urges constituents to stand up to the ‘Big Six’ energy companies. read more
27.03.14 - Twmbarlwm is one of Wales's hidden gems says Islwyn MP. read more
25.03.14 - Islwyn MP sees Pengam pupils get into good saving habits. read more
21.03.14 - Back your local’ says Islwyn MP. read more
20.03.14 - ‘Families are £1600 worse off a year under the Tories’ says Islwyn MP. read more.
19.03.14 - Islwyn MP says combating youth unemployment should be a top priority. read more.
19.03.14 - Islwyn MP teams up with Formula One legend to mark Down’s Syndrome Association Awareness Week. read more.
18.03.14 - Islwyn MP thanks local companies for a taste of home in Parliament. read more.
27.02.14 - ‘Wales’ industrial policy is an example to others’ says Islwyn MP. read more
24.02.14 - Islwyn MP pays tribute to Lord Touhig for his role in campaign to pardon First World War soldiers. read more
24.02.14 - ‘There is help out there for problem gamblers’ says Islwyn MP. read more
10.02.14 - Islwyn MP praises young savers in Fleur-de-Lys read more
31.01.14 - Welsh company kicks off six nations weekend with success story read more
28.01.14 - Islwyn MP welcomes students back to Cwmcarn High read more
24.01.14 - Islwyn MP marks Holocaust Memorial Day read more
15.01.14 - Households in Islwyn are being stretched to breaking point read more
15.01.14 - Islwyn MP throws his weight behind new mentoring scheme for apprenticeships read more
09.01.14 - Islwyn MP calls for an end to single staffing in betting shops read more