3rd September 2019 — I voted alongside (now ex-)Tory rebels and other Opposition MPs to take control of the Parliamentary ‘order paper’ and prevent Boris Johnson’s headlong rush towards the no-deal precipice.
2nd September 2019 — I put my name to an open letter signed by nearly 150 Labour MPs, urging Boris Johnson to reconsider his shameful decision to suspend Parliament, denying MPs vital time to shape the Brexit process in our constituents’ interest. This is the behaviour of a tin-pot dictator and Parliament must unite against it.
August 2019 – After a fall in the UK’s GDP, I commented on the threat of no deal. After interventions from the former Chancellor, I also commented on suggestions the Johnson government are trying to force through a no deal by making demands the EU can’t met, thereby removing any chance of a future deal. In mid-August, I signed a cross-party letter to the Prime Minister calling on him to recall Parliament prior to early September. After a meeting of opposition parties in late August, I signed the Church House Declaration.
After the Prime Minister’s announcement that Parliament would be prorogued for 5 weeks in the run-up to the Brexit deadline, I shared my concern at this reckless and undemocratic action. I was interviewed on ITV Westcountry, BBC Points West, spoke to the Bristol Post and Bristol 24/7 about my concerns.
You can also watch my Brexit: Prorogation of Parliament – Facebook Live special here.
July 2019 – I met with Airbus, GKN and Unite the Union to discuss no-deal and the enormous impact it would have on the aerospace industry, its supply chain and thousands of my constituents employed directly or indirectly by the sector. On 18th July, I voted to stop the new Prime Minister from proroguing parliament between 9th October and 18th December to force through a ‘no deal’. This vote was successful with a majority of 41.
12th June 2019 – I voted for the House of Commons to prioritise consideration of motions (on 25th June) reference the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. This motion was defeated 298 votes to 309.
May 2019 – I was interviewed by the BBC following Labour’s results in the EU elections. I said we need clear, honest and progressive politics that make the case for remain and reform.
26th April 2019 – Alongside 90 MP and MEPs, I wrote to Labour’s National Executive Committee demanding Labour back a People’s Vote confirmatory referendum in the European Parliament election campaign.
6th April 2019 – Alongside 80 other Labour MP’s – I wrote to Jeremy Corbyn, re-stating our support for our official party policy of securing a public vote on Brexit.
3rd April 2019 – I used the first ever paternity leave proxy vote to stop a ‘No-Deal’ Brexit – the vote was concluded as 313-312.
29th March 2019 – I voted against the Prime Minister’s deal: Meaningful Vote 3.
27th March 2019 – I voted for a public vote and to avoid a no deal Brexit. As a compromise, I voted to give indicative support for credible single market+customs union options.
23rd March 2019 – I joined 1,000,000 people on the march for a People’s Vote
12th March 2019 – I voted against the Prime Minister’s deal: Meaningful Vote 2.
29th January 2019 – I worked with MP’s across all parties to oppose a ‘No Deal’ Brexit.