On Monday, trade union members from around the UK came to Parliament to oppose the Trade Union Bill.
I met with trade union members from Cardiff and across Wales to listen to grave concerns about the Bill and how it will erode democratic rights at work. I was able to explain how I have scrutinised and opposed every clause of the Bill as it has gone through its Committee stage in the House of Commons.
Last week the Committee Stage of the Tories' Trade Union Bill drew to a close. Our Labour team listened as Tory Minister Nick Boles tried to present the Bill as an altruistic attempt to help modernise trade union practices.
Well I'm afraid Nick, it didn't work.
Last Tuesday marked the beginning of the Committee Stage of the Trade Union Bill, which I have been selected to sit on. After the Second Reading debate of the bill before Conference over a month ago, this was round two in our fight of the battle of arguments against the Tories in the House of Commons. We were ready.
Yesterday I spoke in the debate about the Trade Union Bill. I am absolutely opposed to this bill, which is an idealogical attack on the rights of working people, as well as being a partisan attack on the Labour Party.
As so many members wanted to speak, I was limited to just four minutes, so below is the full text of my speech as it would have been without the limit.
This despicable Trade Union Bill must be opposed by all who value freedom
The Tories’ Trade Union Bill is illegal, illiterate and illiberal.
Illegal because it breaches the UK’s international legal obligations.
Illiterate because it is incoherent, inconsistent, bureaucratic and nonsensical.
And illiberal because it requires government officials to snoop into union affairs, seize documents and impose fines – all at the union’s own expense.