5:25pm Monday 20th October 2014
IT WAS a great relief that the people of Scotland voted to remain part of the United Kingdom. During the last few weeks of the campaign, Scottish friends and colleagues genuinely feared that our Union may break up, as resentment against austerity and Westminster politics caused undecided voters to consider a yes vote, despite their uncertainties about issues like currency. Our Union, which has survived for centuries, was under threat.
5:14pm Monday 13th October 2014
WHEN I was first elected, a former MP once told me it is important to take some time out from the political world once in a while. If someone was to ask me where the best place to do that I would answer straight away – Cwmcarn Forest Drive.
4:00pm Monday 6th October 2014
4:08pm Monday 29th September 2014
4:04pm Monday 15th September 2014
EARLIER this year witnesses told the Welsh Affairs Select Committee, which was looking at preparations for the Nato Summit, that if organisers could get Wales mentioned a few times by some world leaders we would be doing wonders for the brand of Wales internationally, let alone Newport.
4:05pm Monday 8th September 2014
MPs travelled back to Parliament last week for the annual September sitting, although the Government seems to have very little legislation for us to debate or vote on. Talk in Westminster has therefore centred around two main issues.
2:19pm Monday 25th August 2014
11:52am Tuesday 19th August 2014
4:53pm Monday 4th August 2014
IT IS nearly 18 months since the Coalition Government brought in the bedroom tax. It’s worth pointing out that it was the Coalition, not just the Tories, who dreamt up this cruel policy, because just before Parliament went into recess, the Liberal Democrats tried to partially disown it.
5:12pm Monday 28th July 2014
A WISE former councillor once gave me an interesting piece of advice when visiting a local fete: never get given the job of judging a competition in your constituency. After all, he said, you’ll make one person happy by declaring them the winner. But you’ll disappoint far more people by not choosing them!
4:06pm Monday 21st July 2014
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4:55pm Monday 23rd June 2014
5:37pm Monday 9th June 2014
4:05pm Monday 2nd June 2014
4:26pm Monday 5th May 2014
4:04pm Monday 21st April 2014
4:03pm Monday 7th April 2014
It seems like only yesterday that the First Minister of Wales celebrated yet another tranche of powers being handed over to the Welsh Government and informed us he now had all the "tools" he needed to "get on with the job".
4:10pm Monday 31st March 2014
Some of the most heartbreaking cases I see in my office are those where elderly constituents have been scammed by increasingly clever and sophisticated techniques. That’s why it’s great to see Trading Standards and Age Cymru making May their scams awareness month.
4:03pm Monday 10th March 2014
3:31pm Sunday 9th February 2014
4:24pm Monday 3rd February 2014
4:02pm Monday 27th January 2014
5:23pm Monday 20th January 2014
5:39pm Monday 6th January 2014
4:02pm Monday 23rd December 2013
I took part in last Wednesday’s Parliamentary debate on food banks after visiting the Eastern Valley Foodbank in Pontypool. Speaking with the team of volunteers there, I saw at first hand the essential work they are doing helping feed and give hope to local people in need.
1:22pm Sunday 8th December 2013
4:00pm Monday 25th November 2013
4:01pm Monday 18th November 2013
Debates in Parliament can sometimes be very technical, arguing the finer points of a sub-clause of an obscure piece of legislation that seems a little removed from the realities of life for our constituents.
4:02pm Monday 11th November 2013
4:01pm Monday 14th October 2013
Gwent Labour MPs have rightly been critical about how and why Carmel Napier from Gwent Police left her role. However, I know we all wish the proposed new Chief Constable Jeff Farrar the best in his new job and we will offer him our full support.
8:02am Monday 7th October 2013
4:02pm Monday 30th September 2013
4:02pm Monday 23rd September 2013
4:02pm Monday 9th September 2013
The Syria crisis has dominated political discussion in Westminster in recent days. While I welcome the Government’s commitment to providing humanitarian aid to the region, I have no regrets about voting against any UK military involvement.
5:31pm Monday 2nd September 2013
WHEN David Cameron entered Downing Street in 2010. he said that he wanted to create an economy where people's standard of living "rose steadily", and promised action to help working families with the rising cost of living.
4:02pm Monday 19th August 2013
4:00pm Monday 5th August 2013
4:00pm Monday 15th July 2013
4:44pm Monday 8th July 2013
4:00pm Monday 1st July 2013
4:56pm Monday 24th June 2013
4:37pm Monday 17th June 2013
AT EVERY election promises are made to do something about tolls on the Severn bridges – promises that would be hard to keep because the fee structure is part of a commercial contract signed with the company that built the M4 Second Severn Crossing.
4:09pm Monday 10th June 2013
4:00pm Monday 20th May 2013
4:10pm Monday 6th May 2013
3:41pm Sunday 21st April 2013
4:50pm Sunday 7th April 2013
4:10pm Monday 25th March 2013
5:45pm Tuesday 19th March 2013