Jo Stevens

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Taking the fight to the Government in a Debate on Wales and the Queen’s Speech

 

Alongside Labour MPs from across Wales, I led a debate on the impact of the UK government’s policies on Wales.

 

In the face of a poor turn out from Government MPs we covered topics including the impact of Brexit on women in Wales, concerns about future funding for Wales and whether large-scale infrastructure projects like rail electrification, tidal lagoons and linked-up travel in north Wales will get the go ahead with government funding.

 

I was pleased to lead this debate standing  up for Wales  and to expose the Tory Government's total lack of consideration for Wales in the Queen’s speech. I highlighted the struggles my constituents were having due to the Governments lack of clarity on immigration, the importance of the EU to Welsh women  and the ways the Government was failing to deliver for Wales, which the Queen's Speech did little to alleviate.

 

A wide range of issues were debated by my Labour colleagues and I, many of which weren’t in the Queen’s speech but should have been. This is a clear indictment  of the government’s attitude to Wales.

 

The Minister was unable to give any reassurance that the repeal bill won’t lead to a ‘power grab’ or loss of rights and protections under existing EU law disadvantaging the people of Wales.

 

People in Wales are right not to trust this Tory government to look after their interests, and it's Labour MPs who will continue to challenge this desperate government standing up for what matters to people here in Wales. Wales resoundingly rejected the Tory manifesto and this Tory Government at the last General Election, their subsequent bung of at least £1 billion to the DUP and their ignoring of Welsh claims for further funding shows that the Tories have not learned their lesson. 

 

You can find the full video of my speech below; 

 

 

 

 

Wales and the Queen Speech My Westminster Hall Debate

Taking the fight to the Government in a Debate on Wales and the Queen’s Speech   Alongside Labour MPs from across Wales, I led a debate on the impact of...

The Welsh Government want your views on proposals to change the way fees are charged by letting agents, landlords and third parties to tenants in the private rented sector.

If you're a private sector tenant in Cardiff Central, it is vital you respond to this consultation and help shape the Welsh Government's policy on letting agency fees going forward.

Welsh Government Consultation: Letting Agency Fees

The Welsh Government want your views on proposals to change the way fees are charged by letting agents, landlords and third parties to tenants in the private rented sector. If... Read more

The government has caved in to the demands of the campaign for an inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal of the 1970s and 80s.

I have been pushing for an inquiry alongside my Labour colleagues with affected families and campaigning organisations like Haemophilia Wales, for many years.

An emergency debate on the issue was secured by my Labour colleague Diana Johnson MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Contaminated Blood, forcing the government to concede and announce an inquiry moments before the debate was due to start.

The contaminated blood scandal saw thousands of people infected with HIV and Hepatitis C after being given transfusions of contaminated blood products. Campaigners have long called for the inquiry and we had continually been promised a statement from the public health minister before parliament rises for the summer recess which failed to materialise.

Approximately 2400 people have died as a result of receiving contaminated blood transfusions, and there are thousands of people who were infected with HIV, Hepatitis C and other life threatening diseases as a direct consequence.

I know from speaking to a number of my constituents who have been affected by the scandal that the long-term impacts go far beyond loss of family members and chronic ill health. More action is needed.

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During the emergency Parliamentary debate I spoke up on behalf of constituents; the family of brothers Haydn and Gareth Lewis, who died as a result of contaminated blood.

I have campaigned with Haydn and Gareth's family, Haemophilia Wales and other affected families since my election in 2015 as a member of the APPG on Contaminated Blood. We have had a series of meetings with various Public health Ministers to press for a public inquiry and for the people affected by this scandal to be properly and fairly compensated.

I will continue to campaign on behalf of my constituents and those affected as the inquiry progresses. It's important to me that we learn from similar scandals, like the Thalidomide scandal of the 1950s and 60s, and ensure that this inquiry is full, fair , transparent and leads to satisfactory outcomes for those affected.

Contaminated Blood Inquiry Announced

The government has caved in to the demands of the campaign for an inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal of the 1970s and 80s. I have been pushing for an... Read more

Earlier this week I attended an Alzheimer’s Society event for parliamentarians to learn more about the issues affecting people with dementia. There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and it is the 21st Century’s biggest killer.

In Cardiff Central there are estimated to be 4,000 people living with dementia. Having dementia can have a devastating impact on the day-to-day lives of people with dementia and their families, and could happen to any one of us, in any community. That is why we must all take action to tackle dementia.

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There is currently no cure for dementia, and very few effective treatments. Funding for dementia research has lagged behind that of other major health conditions such as cancer or heart disease. In recent years progress has been made, with £250million investment (including £50million from Alzheimer’s Society) committed to the establishment of the world’s first dementia research institute (DRI). But we still have a long way to go until we find a cure and understand how to care for people living with the disease.

Dementia and social care is another important issue, on which the Alzheimer’s Society is campaigning on. We cannot talk about social care without talking about dementia: currently 65% of social care places are used by people with dementia, and therefore we must ensure people with dementia are involved in the government’s forthcoming consultation on a long term solution for social care.

If you are personally affected by dementia then please visit Alzheimer’s Society’s dementia connect website where you can find the services they provide near you. Or you can call their helpline on 0300 222 11 22.

United Against Dementia Campaign Drop-in

Earlier this week I attended an Alzheimer’s Society event for parliamentarians to learn more about the issues affecting people with dementia. There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the...

Due to work on the electrification of the South Wales Mainline, Network Rail have advised that Adamsdown Foot Bridge and Splott Road Bridge will both be closed at specific times over the coming months. 

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For full details, please see the Network Rail information below.

If you have any concerns about this, please don't hesitate to contact me using jo.stevens.mp@parliament.uk. 

Information: Adamsdown Foot Bridge/Splott Road Bridge Closures

Due to work on the electrification of the South Wales Mainline, Network Rail have advised that Adamsdown Foot Bridge and Splott Road Bridge will both be closed at specific times... Read more

Today the Matthew Taylor Review of modern working practices was released. It focuses primarily on the gig economy and the flexibility the government says is required in the 'modern' labour market. 

The report was commissioned by the Tory Government and in my view is a wasted opportunity to address the serious issues of exploitation of workers and lack of legal rights in the workplace as well as the ability to enforce rights where they exist.

During a statement on the report today in Parliament, the Government Minister accepted the report's conclusion that there were instances where flexibility in the labour market seems only to work one way - to the benefit of the employer.

You can read the Trades Union Congress response to the review here.

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In Parliament today, I asked the Minister responsible whether that flexibility working one way for the benefit of employers included her government's failure to prosecute a single employer in Wales last year for paying below the national minimum wage. 

The Minister's response was pathetic, simply suggesting I contribute to the ongoing consultation. 

You can watch my question, and the Minister's response, here:

My Question on the lack of Minimum Wage prosecutions in Wales

Today the Matthew Taylor Review of modern working practices was released. It focuses primarily on the gig economy and the flexibility the government says is required in the 'modern' labour... Read more

Join the British Council’s Future Leaders Connect – the global network of emerging policy leaders
The search is on to find exceptional individuals (aged 18-35) from across the UK and around the world, to join Future Leaders Connect. I am asking constituents to consider applying to become a member of this long term network for emerging policy leaders.
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Members of Future Leaders Connect will discuss the worlds greatest policy issues in the Houses of Parliament, attend private meetings with senior leaders, visit leading global institutions and collaborate with peers from around the world to produce innovative policy recommendations. If you are aged 18-35 and from Cardiff Central you could develop skills, experience and connections that will support you to develop as a policy maker and a leader in the future.

#FutureLeadersConnect The British Council continues its search for people aged 18-35 from across the UK to apply for a place on Future Leaders Connect before the deadline on 20 July 2017, 23.59 (BST).  Successful applicants from the UK will join others from India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tunisia and the USA.

In the interests of equal access, the costs of participating in Future Leaders Connect will be covered by the British Council. As part of becoming a member of Future Leaders Connect you will need to attend a nine day residential training and development programme 18-27 October 2017 in Cambridge and London.

 

The British Council's Future Leaders Connect Programme- Apply now

Join the British Council’s Future Leaders Connect – the global network of emerging policy leaders The search is on to find exceptional individuals (aged 18-35) from across the UK and... Read more

Last week I joined a Parliamentary reception hosted by the #WeAreInternational campaign, which is supported by hundreds of businesses, universities and organisations to highlight the economic, social and cultural benefits that international students bring to UK towns and cities.

Over 5700 international students study at Cardiff University, and many thousands more at the University of South Wales and Cardiff Met, which also have campuses in my constituency of Cardiff Central.

At the event we heard from leading business organisations about the benefits international students bring to the UK's economy and knowledge base.

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Supporting International Students in Cardiff Central

Last week I joined a Parliamentary reception hosted by the #WeAreInternational campaign, which is supported by hundreds of businesses, universities and organisations to highlight the economic, social and cultural benefits... Read more

I have recently been in contact with Network Rail regarding future piling work that is necessary as part of their work to electrify the South Wales Mainline to London. As part of the project, Network Rail need to undertake piling work to install the Overhead Line Equipment (OLE) that will power the new electric trains.  In order to install the OLE, NR have been working to create the foundations required to carry the posts undertaken by a method called piling.

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Piling Work

Piling involves the driving of cylindrical steel piles into the ground, undertaken using road / rail vehicles with attached hammers.  This grips the pile and vibrates and/or hits it deep into the ground with - dependent on ground conditions - an average pile taking between 20 and 60 minutes. 

Piling - Information from Network Rail

I have recently been in contact with Network Rail regarding future piling work that is necessary as part of their work to electrify the South Wales Mainline to London. As... Read more

TVT (or Transvaginal) Mesh surgery is a medical procedure used to treat incontinence and prolapse.

An increasing number of women have reported complications since having the surgery, with many suffering from chronic and debilitating pain as a result of the procedure.

Lots of MPs have been contacted by women injured by mesh implants and campaigners want them banned.

I am working with a group of MPs to investigate the issue further, including hearing from medical experts, women affected, and campaign leaders at a meeting due to take place in mid July.

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TVT Mesh Campaign

TVT (or Transvaginal) Mesh surgery is a medical procedure used to treat incontinence and prolapse. An increasing number of women have reported complications since having the surgery, with many suffering... Read more

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