The most significant debate in Westminster this month surrounded the decision by the Government to join the US and France in launching missiles at Assad’s chemical facilities in Syria. I have been highly critical of the decision by the Prime Minister not to consult with Parliament prior to any military action, contrary to well established conventions. I strongly support the suggestion that legislation should be passed to put this ‘convention’ on a statutory footing and I have voted for this.
It was a pleasure to sponsor a drop-in for the Brain Tumour Charity, attended by around 40 MPs, and I was able to attend a drop-in organised by Diabetes UK highlighting the need for clear food labelling. I also held an informative meeting with “Facing the World”, a charity working in Vietnam to help children living with facial disfigurement.
In my Shadow Defence role, I spoke at a Fabians Society event on the future of Britain’s defence, met with representatives from Airbus and attended a briefing session celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the RAF in Wales. I was also pleased to host an all party briefing on the importance of the aerospace and defence sectors in Wales.
Following on from this, I made the point in a debate, on the lack of reference to the defence industry in the UK Government’s industrial strategy. In Business Questions I deplored the actions of the Government in making the announcement on the award of the contract for a new mechanised infantry vehicle to a German company, without a competitive process, during the Easter recess to minimise publicity and avoid scrutiny
I also contributed to a debate calling on the UK Government to end the legal uncertainties plaguing businesses in Wales surrounding the Wales Continuity Bill.
In the constituency, Hefin David AM and I met directors and trade union representatives at Peter’s Pies to discuss the company’s future plans, following their announcement on proposed redundancies, and we both attended a site meeting at the Cwm Calon estate to discuss ongoing issues surrounding management of the estate.
I attended a follow up meeting of Council for Wales of Voluntary Youth Services with National Assembly for Wales officials to discuss the Council’s submissions in respect of a Youth Parliament.
I was pleased to be able to visit Project Bernie, which aims to reduce the number of deliberate grass fires in the Aberbargoed and Caerphilly area. Finally I am grateful to Alzheimers Society Cymru for providing Dementia Friends training for my constituency office staff and myself.