Well, you don’t need me to tell you that this has been another extraordinary week in Parliament. Yet again, we’ve had Theresa May failing to work with MPs on all sides of the House to find a way forward. Indeed, what we’ve had instead is her seeking to accuse MPs of being the ones to blame. Quite simply, the Prime Minister’s actions this week have demeaned her office. Aside from Brexit, I’ve been busy working hard on the issues that are affecting people across Swansea East and all over the UK. Here’s a brief run-down of the highlights of my week.
To kick off this week, I attended the Southall Black Sisters event, where I discussed the draft Domestic Abuse Bill. In its current form, the Bill doesn’t provide nearly enough protections for migrant women and I really fear that this is something the government is going to let go by the wayside. In amongst all the chaos Theresa May has caused over Brexit, it’s vital that the government doesn’t let important issues like this – which affect many people’s everyday lives – go unaddressed.
I was really pleased to speak in a debate in Westminster Hall this week about online gambling. Alongside other colleagues, I’ve recently set up a new Gambling Related Harm All-Party Parliamentary Group and the scourge of online gambling is a crucial issue we’ll be looking to address. Just like with my campaign to reduce the stake on Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals, we cannot – and I will not – sit back and let these problems continue. Quite simply, people’s lives must not be put at risk purely for the benefit of big gambling companies.
Earlier this week, I also met with Birth Champions, a charity who support severely disadvantaged pregnant women in prisons and in the community. Many of you will know that I do a lot of work supporting female prisoners and to defend their rights. As part of this, this meeting was a useful opportunity to discuss the support pregnant women receive in prison and following their release. We must not forget that the majority of women prisoners are serving relatively short sentences for minor crimes. We must not simply lock the door and throw away the key if we are to have any chance of rehabilitating them back into society.
As many of you will know, this year marks 50 years since Swansea gained city status. While many of the celebrations to mark this are being kept under wraps for now, we want to hear what you love about Swansea and who you think is the most iconic person to live in our great city. You can send your ideas in via Twitter – make sure you tag @50Swansea to register your comments!
Yesterday I attended the funeral of our much-loved former colleague, Paul Flynn. The whole Welsh Labour family was deeply saddened by Paul’s passing. He had represented Newport West for a staggering 32 years with wit, determination and, above all, a solemn commitment to do right by his constituents.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns to raise with me as your local MP, please do get in touch by calling my office on 01792 462052 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.