Happy New Year and welcome to my CLP report for January 2018.
Since our November GC I have made a number of contributions to formal Parliamentary business.
Prior to the recess I contributed to debates on the budget with reference to defence spending, and made several interventions in a debate on social mobility with specific reference to access to higher education.
I submitted 2 written questions on the development of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, and asked a question of the recently appointed Defence Secretary, seeking an assurance that any contract for the new mechanised infantry vehicle will be subject to a fair and open competition process and not subject to any “cosy deal with Germany”, in the context of Brexit negotiations. The reply was regrettably less than informative.
In November I criticised the Government for its lack of reference to the defence industry in its disappointing industrial strategy document. Following on from this I have written an article for the Fabian Society on “The future of Britain’s defence industry”.
It has been a busy schedule of Westminster based events since the New Year the highlights of which included speeches to the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions hosted by GMB, and at a UNITE event on Aerospace and Shipbuilding.
I enjoyed a fascinating visit to see Lockheed Martin’s F35 new fighter plane demonstrator and was able to try my hand – pictured below. It is just a great shame that it is an American aircraft and Britain needs to develop its own “sovereign capability”.
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Welcome to my CLP report for October.
I have joined the call for the Government to put a moratorium on the further roll out of its new benefits system known as Universal Credit.
Despite all the problems experienced with the programme to date the Tory Government has indicated its intention to press ahead with the controversial changes.
I am dismayed at the Government’s refusal to recognise recent research which shows that while wages are failing to keep up with inflation, cuts to in-work social security support have meant that most net incomes of recipients have flat-lined in real terms and worsened in a number of cases.
Under the current programme Universal Credit is scheduled to be rolled out in the Caerphilly constituency in May 2018.
Many employees, including our key public sector workers, who are already penalised by the stubborn refusal of the government to lift the public sector pay cap, will be dramatically worse off, in real terms, if Universal Credit continues to be rolled out in its current form.
That’s why I am echoing the call from the Labour Party for the roll out to be stopped whist urgent reform and redesign of Universal Credit is undertaken.
I am also supporting the call for the Universal Credit Helpline number to be free of charge. Many people who can least afford it are being hit with call charges of up to 55p per minute when contacting the helpline.
Welcome to my CLP report for October. Universal Credit I have joined the call for the Government to put a moratorium on the further roll out of its... Read more