Jo Stevens

A strong voice for Cardiff Central

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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

This week in Parliament I joined the Musicians' Union, Equity and Creative Unions campaign to back performers to get the best possible deal from Brexit.

Musicians and actors are concerned that the Brexit process may lead to the introduction of individual member state work permits and/or visas for British performers touring and working across Europe. Most professional musicians, actors and performers rely on touring and travelling fo their careers and livelihoods, and gigs are often organised at short notice.

As some performers can be working in several different European countries over the course of a few days, the possible introduction of country-by-country work permits and visas for British musicians and performers could be extremely detrimental.

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Backing Musicians and Live Performers Post-Brexit

This week in Parliament I joined the Musicians' Union, Equity and Creative Unions campaign to back performers to get the best possible deal from Brexit. Musicians and actors are concerned... Read more

Following the change to Individual Electoral Registration, there are a large number of people still missing from the electoral register. While the numbers increased during the recent General Election campaign, with record numbers of people signing up to have their say, the registration system means that many of those will fall off the register when they move house in the next few months.

This obviously has a particularly large effect on student voter registration. Students and young people made a big difference in the recent election, and I was thrilled to see so many young people in Cardiff Central not just interested but engaged, involved, campaigning and voting.

In order to make it easier for students to register to vote, Labour pushed for an amendment to the Higher Education and Research Bill which put an obligation on universities to co-operate with electoral registration officers in local councils. The government, however, still will not let universities block register students during the enrolment process.

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Student Voter Registration - My Cabinet Office Question

Following the change to Individual Electoral Registration, there are a large number of people still missing from the electoral register. While the numbers increased during the recent General Election campaign,... Read more

On Friday I met with the Programme Manager for Network Rail's electrification programme for the main line between London and Cardiff.

The electrification programme will lead to improvements of the track and service between London and Cardiff but does mean that during the adaptation there will be some disruption, particularly due to bridge closures between Adamsdown and Splott.

Closures of the Windsor Road and Beresford Road bridges have now been completed and the forthcoming closure of Splott Road bridge in August is currently being prepared.

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Splott Road Bridge Closure Meeting

On Friday I met with the Programme Manager for Network Rail's electrification programme for the main line between London and Cardiff. The electrification programme will lead to improvements of the... Read more

My monthly newsletter for June is now available, featuring a roundup of my work in Parliament and the constituency over the last month.

Click here to read.

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Monthly Newsletter - June 2017

My monthly newsletter for June is now available, featuring a roundup of my work in Parliament and the constituency over the last month. Click here to read.

This morning I raised the case of Bashir Naderi again in Parliament.

Bashir came to the UK as a child refugee over 10 years ago and has made his life in Cardiff, attending school and college here.

I first met Bashir when his family came to me for help in November 2016. The Home Office were attempting to forcibly remove him from the UK, and have tried to do the same this year.

Bashir is a Cardiffian. He's been educated here and is ready to use his skills to make a contribution to the city he loves.

Along with Bashir and his family I presented a 14,000 signature petition to the Home Secretary. I have also made representations on his behalf directly to the Home Office and in the House of Commons but I have, as yet, had no response from the Home Secretary.

That's why I pressed the government today on their policy on child refugees. I believe it is inhumane and unfair and I want to see it changed. 

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I asked in Business Questions in the House of Commons for a debate on the government's current policy so that MPs can debate the issue and push for changes.

Bashir Naderi - Raising the case in Parliament

This morning I raised the case of Bashir Naderi again in Parliament. Bashir came to the UK as a child refugee over 10 years ago and has made his life... Read more

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