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.
Committees and All Party Parliamentary Groups
Even though speaking in the House of Commons is high profile, much of Parliament’s work is done in Committees and it is during Committees that close scrutiny of the Government’s activities and legislation can take place.
There is a Commons Select Committee for each government department. I previously sat on the Justice Select Committee and the Environmental Audit Committee. In addition I have served on a large selection of Bill Committees which provide detailed scrutiny of legislation before it passes into law. The Bill Committees I have served on cover policy areas as diverse as social responsibility, childcare, pensions and financial services.
Away from the formal activities of Parliament I serve on many All Party Parliamentary Groups; bipartisan bodies which allow MPs from all parties to meet and discuss issues which affect our constituents. In particular I am Chair of the All Party Group on Down’s Syndrome and Secretary of the All Party Group on Motor Neurone Disease.
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.
29.01.16 -Islwyn MP slams decision to cut support for terminally ill. read more
27.01.16 -‘Help small businesses auto-enrol their workers on pension schemes’ says Islwyn MP. read more
26.01.16 - Islwyn MP has pledged his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day. read more
25.01.16 - ‘Support your local community pharmacy’, says Islwyn MP. read more
22.01.16 - ‘Protect support for disabled people’, says Islwyn MP. read more
20.01.16 - Islwyn MP urges constituents to remember the Holocaust. read more
18.01.16 - ‘Learn a new skill online’, says Islwyn MP. read more
14.01.16 - Islwyn MP calls for greater protection for shop workers. read more
13.01.16 - Islwyn MP calls on water regulator to get a better deal for local customer . read more
11.01.16 - Islwyn MP urges constituents to follow security tips to avoid scams. read more
05.01.16 - Workers pay too much for train fares’ says Islwyn MP. read more
17.12.15 - Islwyn MP calls for action to end the prepayment meter rip-off scandal. read more
16.12.15 - ‘We need better alternatives to fracking’, says Islwyn MP. read more
15.12.15 - Islwyn MP presses for answers on farmer’s payment delays. read more
14.12.15 - Conquer strokes with the help of a grant, says Islwyn MP. read more
11.12.15 - ‘Don’t let counterfeit goods ruin your Christmas,’ warns Islwyn MP. read more
09.12.15 - “We must protect our air and water from contamination” says Islwyn MP. read more
05.12.15 - ‘Take part in extra-curricular sports to stay fit and healthy’, says Islwyn MP. read more
21.11.15 - Risca restaurant named best in Caerphilly by MPs’ group. read more
20.11.15 - Islwyn MP calls for ‘real-time’ Foreign Office advice. read more
18.11.15 - Work experience is key to employment’, says Islwyn MP. read more
16.11.15 - Get ready for winter’, urges Islwyn MP. read more
13.11.15 - Islwyn MP calls for better funding of social care. read more
12.11.15 -Islwyn MP calls for better funding of social care. read more
12.11.15 - Islwyn MP hits out at HMRC office closure plans. read more
11.11.15 - Bring decisions closer to local people, says Islwyn MP. read more
10.11.15 - Islwyn MP condemns police funding error. read more
10.11.15 - "Bring Welsh Water prices down", says Islwyn MP. read more
02.11.15 - Make work pay, says Islwyn MP. read more
02.11.15 - ‘End backstreet breeding’, says Islwyn MP. read more
24.10.15 - Islwyn MP joins cadets for Pontllanfraith Poppy Appeal launch. read more
23.10.15 - Islwyn MP joins campaign to care for carers. read more
21.10.15 - "Taxpayers deserve value for money", says Islwyn MP. read more
20.10.15 - Risca restaurant ‘highly commended’ by Tiffin Cup judges. read more
14.10.15 - Fiscal Charter Statement. read more
12.10.15 - ‘Close tax loopholes’ says Islwyn MP. read more