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.
22.01.15 - Islwyn MP Calls for Freedom from Fear for Shop workers. read more
22.01.15 - Islwyn MP Launches IBD Report. read more
22.01.15 - ‘Severn Bridge toll is a barrier to business’ says Islwyn MP. read more
16.12.14 - ‘Abolish the Hated Bedroom Tax’ says Islwyn MP. read more
16.12.14 - Islwyn MP Calls for ‘Long-term Solution’ to Hunger. read more
16.12.14 - ‘Abuse and Neglect of Greyhounds Has to Stop’ says Islwyn MP. read more
10.12.14 - Newbridge Memo Re-opening Shows Strength and Dedication of Local Community’ Says Islwyn MP. read more
10.12.14. - Islwyn MP says ‘It’s payback time for energy suppliers’. read more
10.12.14. - Oakdale based ‘Just Love Food’ company launches produce in the House of Commons. read more
09.12.14. - Islwyn MP Calls for an End to Nuisance Calls. read more
09.12.14. - ‘Too many families cannot afford to bury their loved ones’ says Islwyn MP. read more
03.12.14. - The Hidden Cost of Osbourne. read more
02.12.14. - Islwyn MP says ‘go purple’ for Crohn’s and Colitis. read more
02.12.14. - Businesses quiz Shadow Treasury Team. read more
26.11.14. - Islwyn MP Calls for Wales to ‘Go Back to School.’. read more
26.11.14. - Islwyn MP Condemns Government over Remploy. read more
26.11.14. - Islwyn MP Calls for an End to Underhand Mortgage Fees. read more
26.11.14. - Islwyn MP Warns about Copycat Sites Targeting Learner Drivers. read more
19.11.14. - Islwyn MP Calls for Energy Efficiency. read more
18.11.14. - Islwyn MP Stands Up for Local Pubs. read more
12.11.14. - Islwyn MP Welcomes Payday Loan Cap read more
10.11.14 - Islwyn MP pays respects at Remembrance services. read more
05.11.14 - Islwyn MP Supports Living Wage Week. read more
05.11.14 - Islwyn MP Urges Action on ‘Double-Charging’ Estate Agents. read more
05.11.14 - Islwyn MP Calls for Tougher Sentences for Dangerous Drivers. read more
04.11.14 - Islwyn MP calls for end to mortgage confusion. read more
03.11.14 - Growing gender pay gap means women in Islwyn work for free until 2015. read more
01.11.14 - Local MP watches Cuckoos clock up the tries. read more
01.11.14 - Islwyn MP joins cadets at Centenary Poppy Appeal launch read more
29.10.14 - Islwyn MP Condemns Payday Loan Brokers. read more
29.10.14 - Islwyn MP Calls on Northern Ireland to Follow in Wales’ Footsteps. read more
28.10.14 - Islwyn MP Calls for Action on Greyhound Welfare. read more
28.10.14 - Islwyn MP Urges People to ‘Get Ready for Winter.’ read more
24.10.14 - Islwyn MP Challenges Government to Tackle Copycat Websites. read more
24.10.14 - ‘Inspiring’: Islwyn MP hails success of Wales’s only community-run Ecopark. read more
24.10.14 - Small businesses are the ‘lifeblood of our community’ says Islwyn MP . read more