Backbench debate on steel
This week the All Party Group on Steel secured another backbench debate on the future of the steel industry. Here is my contribution on behalf of steel workers and steel companies in Newport East.
I know there is uncertainty about Tata’s plans, and we still need much more action from this Government, especially in light of the issues around Brexit.
As was repeated in the debate, steel is a foundation industry with a future, and Government help is not about handouts but creating a level playing field for us to compete with other countries.
I was pleased this week to get called in the Police safety debate led by Holly Lynch MP from Halifax. Here is my speech on this extremely important subject. I was glad to put forward the views of police families.
Welsh Tourism and Brexit
Here’s my question this week to Culture Ministers. It’s brilliant to see a rise in number of overseas visitors to Wales this year, but we also need to listen to the industry about their uncertainty over Brexit and for the Government to have a plan.
Work, Health and Disability Green Paper
The Government announced it would be reviewing the way disability benefits are administered which is long overdue. The flawed Work Capability Assessment has been strongly criticised by the Labour party, and disability charities and campaigners since it was changed under the Coalition in 2013.
Figures show that 59% of the appeals made by those found fit to work have had the decision overturned, showing the scale of incorrect decisions being made in the first place. My office has dealt with many cases for constituents over the last few years and I know from listening to constituents we need a system which identifies people’s barriers to work in a far more personalised way than the current system.
Living Wage debate
I fully support Labour’s campaign. You can read more about it here. Unfortunately the Steel and Living Wage debates clashed this week otherwise I would have been there to try to speak.
Following yesterday’s landmark High Court ruling that the PM cannot trigger Article 50 without Parliament’s approval there will be a statement from the Government on its implications which you can watch here. This will be followed by a debate on Leaving the EU and workers’ rights. If you want to get in touch on this or any other issue please do contact me on Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org