Labour secured an emergency debate today noting our anger that the UK Government unilaterally pulled the vote that should have taken place tonight on their UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement.
I was able to intervene in the Deputy Prime Minister to put to him we could have moved a step closer to sorting Brexit if we were allowed the vote today, and noted how I have been inundated with correspondence from constituents putting forward their concerns on the UK Government’s handling of this.
It is an utter shambles which is harming our businesses – like the important agriculture sector – in Delyn. The UK Government may have saved themselves from tonight’s vote, but they are prolonging the pain for everyone else.
Earlier this year the privately run HMP Birmingham collapsed to such an extent that the UK Government had to nationalise it. Standards had slipped to completely unacceptable levels with prison officers and offenders safety being put at risk.
It is a prison that has experienced riots in the past and it was an utter failure of G4S to ensure they fulfilled their contractual agreements.
During the Justice Select Committee I was able to press the representative from G4S on what actions he had taken in the run up to the collapse of the prison and why he didn’t act sooner.
Last night I expressed my utter astonishment that the UK Government thought it right and proper to pull the debate on the Withdrawal Agreement.
I had told constituents that I was going to speak in the debate and I lost my chance because the UK Government knew they were going to be defeated.
The attitude of the Prime Minister and her Cabinet towards Parliament is deeply disrespectful and undermines faith in politics.
I condemn the 27% rise in unemployment between November 2017 and November 2018. There has been a slight fall month-on-month (October 2018 to November 2018).
The total number of unemployed constituents in Delyn constituency in November was 1,110.
This represents a rate of 3.4% of the economically active population aged 16-64.
The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.0%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people note claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.1% in August to November 2018.
The number of claimants in Delyn constituency is 300 higher in November 2017 and 5 higher than October 2018.
There were 250 claimants aged 18-24 in November 2018, 65 higher than November 2017.
However, unemployment over the last twelve months (November 2017 to November 2018) has risen by 27% (305 people).
I welcome the slight decrease in unemployment in Delyn over the past month. However, we cannot ignore the simple fact that unemployment has increased 27% since November 2017. This is harming our towns and villages economic development.
The rise over the past year flies in the face of the hard work of the Welsh Government and Flintshire County Council. Flintshire County Council’s investment into affordable housing, and the pledge by the Welsh Assembly to invest £120 million into a North Wales Growth Deal has provided businesses with certainty in uncertain times and protected us against the worst excesses of the UK Government’s policies.
The UK Government is still ignoring North Wales. You only have to see that 1 in 5 people in Delyn have had to use a food bank in the last 3 years and that in some wards, child poverty after housing costs has increased above 40%, to see that the UK Government is neglecting our communities.
All people want is a decent job with a decent day’s wage.