The Chancellor announced the details of his financial plan this week to get the country back up and running following the lockdown. It was disappointing both in its lack of reach and lack of understanding of how hard some people in the country have been hit by this crisis. We needed a Back to Work Budget, one that ensured that jobs would be created to replace those lost and … [Read more...]
For people across our communities, this week has been overshadowed by the terrible scenes in Seven Sisters. The explosion on Church Road has had a terrible impact on so many, and the family who lived at the house remain in all our thoughts. I have been in the area speaking to friends and residents who live nearby, and my staff and I are doing all we can to assist wherever … [Read more...]
On Tuesday we remembered our colleague, the compassionate and determined Jo Cox, who was brutally and horrifyingly taken from us 4 years ago. We remember her desire to improve the lives of others and her belief that we have more in common than that which divides us. It is a message that I carry with me and my thoughts were with her family this week. As you will have seen, … [Read more...]
Welsh Labour and Cooperative MP for Neath, Christina Rees MP, is calling on the UK Government to take decisive action to curb the startling levels of abuse and violence shop workers are exposed to.
In a recent study by the Union of Shop, Distributive, and Allied Workers, Usdaw, a staggering 80 per cent of retail staff said that … [Read more...]
Welsh Labour and Cooperative MP for Neath, Christina Rees MP, has slammed the Prime Minister’s decision to abolish the Department for International Development, claiming it will “diminish Britain’s international standing”.
Rumours of the department’s demise have circulated for years and Downing Street has now confirmed that the … [Read more...]
This week is Carers’ Week, when we take time to recognise the phenomenal job, paid and unpaid, that millions of people do across the country. Around 9.1 million people are carers and 4.5 million became carers over the last few months as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Many of them juggle their work responsibilities with their caring duties on a daily basis. We must do … [Read more...]
Parliament returned from recess this week and the UK Government took the decision to end hybrid proceedings and require MPs to be in the Chamber and to vote in person. This decision effectively disenfranchised the constituents of MPs who are shielding or have caring responsibilities at home, as they are unable to attend. It also puts at risk the health of the thousands of … [Read more...]
George Floyd must not become just another name associated with police brutality. His shocking death has shone a light on the racism experienced by many black people in the US and beyond and should be the catalyst for change. Protesters are rightly calling for the basic human rights of black people to be respected, for them to be able go about their daily lives without the … [Read more...]