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.
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
24.07.15 - Islwyn MP welcomes Samaritans Awareness Day. read more
24.07.15 - Islwyn MP has urged community to vote for Newbridge Memo. read more
22.07.15 - The welfare debate. read more
22.07.15 - The welfare debate. read more
21.07.15 - Islwyn MP pledges support for families with disabled children. read more
11.07.15 - Islwyn MP welcomes assembly candidate selection. read more
10.07.15 - ‘We must support alternative education,’ says Islwyn MP. read more
06.07.15 - Islwyn MP calls for Britain to work its way off welfare dependency. read more
03.07.15 - Islwyn MP gives thanks to food bank volunteers read more
02.07.15 - Islwyn MP Raises Worrying Benefit Changes For People with Motor Neurone Disease read more
01.07.15 - ‘Don’t suffer in silence if scammed’, urges Islwyn MP. read more
30.06.15 - When the news broke of the evil attack on innocent holidaymakers in Tunisia we knew it was likely that British citizens were among the casualties. read more
25.06.15 - Islwyn MP supports heart research to save lives. read more
24.06.15 - Chris Evans MP calls on the Government to re-think Education reforms and do what is proven to work. read more
22.06.15 - ‘If you love freedom, thank a veteran’, says Islwyn MP. read more
19.06.15 - ‘Summer comes to Islwyn’, declares local MP. read more
16.06.15 - Recent Revelations Regarding the Argoed Murder. read more
15.06.15 - Chris Evans MP Secures Guarantee that SDSR will include the Impact on Jobs. read more
26.05.15 - Labour MP Chris Evans to brand welfare reform in all its guises a ‘failure.’ read more
18.05.15 - Islwyn MP Supports World IBD Day. read more