On Monday I spoke in a debate on creative education secured by my Labour colleague Catherine McKinnell MP. You can read my speech and the debate in full here. I have also copied my speech below: I am grateful to have the opportunity to contribute to this debate. I will start on a personal note. Thirty-three years ago, in the wake of Aled Jones, who had just got to No. 1 with “Walking in the Air” and who sang in the choir at Bangor cathedral, some primary school teachers at a
Recently there have been a number of reports in the media about racist abuse and threats that I have received since making my position on Brexit clear. I have issued the following statement: "Over the past 10 days I have received a barrage of abusive, racist and threatening messages. The police have asked me to report all of these incidents and I will continue to do so. My staff have also been abused whilst going about their work. My message is clear - I'm not going anywhere.
On Saturday afternoon I spoke to the tens of thousands of people gathered in Parliament Square at the March for Europe standing for hope, unity, solidarity and most of all against hatred and intolerance. My message was clear: Don't mourn the EU, organise. Lobby your Members of Parliament and say to them they must vote on whether we are going to press the Article 50 button. Tell them the Leave campaign was based on lies. Keep up the fight. You can watch my speech on YouTube he
On Thursday I spoke in a debate in Parliament on bank branch closures. Earlier this year I tabled Early Day Motion 35 opposing HSBC's decision to close branches without consultation, I am very worried about the impact that closing branches will have on the affected communities, particularly the elderly, vulnerable and disabled people and local businesses. You can read my speech and the debate in full on Hansard here, or watch my contribution on Parliamentlive.tv here (from 14