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Following the news on Monday that PSA, the French company which owns Peugeot and Citroen, had agreed a deal with General Motors for the rights to Vauxhall and Opel, an Urgent Question was requested by Justin Madders MP regarding the future of the UK plants.

As you know I have also written to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, but I wanted to press home the importance of the Ellesmere Port plant for North East Wales. Many people work at the plant, but more than that many businesses form part of the supply chain for the plant. Meaning that many hundreds of jobs are linked, both directly and indirectly, with the success of Ellesmere Port.

I asked the Minister a two-part question. First, would he promise to work closely with the Welsh Assembly Government in securing a long and healthy future for Ellesmere Port. Second, would he promise the House that our car manufacturing industry will retain tariff free access to the Single Market so that we can sell our cars to Europe without barriers.

The Minister answered only one of my questions. He promised to work closely with the Welsh Assembly Government. But it was glaringly obvious that he did not want to answer the question about tariff free access. I believe it is vitally important for the country as a whole, if not certain sectors of our economy, to retain access to the Single Market. It means that there are less barriers to trade, which mean businesses have more money for jobs. Any barrier to trade will make us poorer.

I was disappointed with the Secretary of States answer, but I will continue to press, along with my colleague Justin Madders MP, for the future of our local economy.

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On Tuesday, an Urgent Question was granted by Mr. Speaker on the announcement by the Prison Officers union that they will be working to rule following the continued rise in attacks on both themselves and other inmates by prisoners.

As you know, I have been campaigning within the Justice Select Committee and the floor of the House for the Government to tackle the rise in attacks, some of which result in deaths. Our prisons are overcrowded and understaffed. The Government have spent the last 6 years cutting the number of prison officers only to realise that in doing so they have put the effectiveness of prisons at a terrible risk. Read more “Urgent Question: Prison Officers”

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Yesterday, an urgent question was asked by my colleague Lisa Nandy MP on the news that the UKs largest survivors group withdrew its support form the inquiry.

This inquiry has been besieged by failings since being established. Theresa May whilst Home Secretary, announced the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in July 2014, after the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal and amid reports of a VIP paedophile ring. Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, a retired judge, was appointed to chair the inquiry.

It has been confirmed that the Home Office knew of concerns about the professionalism and competence of the inquiry’s third chairwoman Dame Goddard before her resignation in August 2016. However the Home Secretary did not reveal this to the Home Affairs select committee when she appeared before them on 7 September 2016. Read more “Urgent Question: Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry”

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Yesterday, an Urgent Question was tabled by my Labour colleague Lisa Nandy MP into the revelations surrounding the departure of Dame Lowell Goddard from the child sex abuse inquiry.

This inquiry was established by the former Home Secretary, and now Prime Minister, Theresa May MP, with a vast remit covering all historical child sexual abuse in the country. This inquiry has stumbled from the very first day and has now seen its chairmanship change four times. Read more “Urgent Question: Child Sex Abuse Inquiry”