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.
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
23.09.15 - Together we can beat cancer,’ says Islwyn MP . read more
16.09.15 - Islwyn MP calls for end to the Severn Bridge’s ‘tax on tourism.’ . read more
15.09.15 - Labour MP calls for private companies and voluntary organisations to be given a role in ending child poverty. read more
09.09.15 - ‘Look out for the signs of hearing loss,’ says Islwyn MP. read more
08.09.15 - ‘Have your say on bus services,’ says Islwyn MP. read more
04.09.15 - Exercise is critical to reducing childhood obesity’, says Islwyn MP. read more
24.08.15 - Islwyn MP has welcomed local football hero’s nomination. read more
24.08.15 - Islwyn MP has praised the passion and expertise of Aberbargoed graphics company. read more
21.08.15 - Islwyn MP nominates Risca restaurant to be named best in country. read more
20.08.15 - Islwyn MP raises the importance of tackling cat crisis. read more