My Speeches and Questions
You can see all the speeches I have made in Parliament, along with the answers to my parliamentary questions, by clicking here.
In October 2016 I was appointed as a Shadow Minister in Labour’s Brexit team, led by the Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Keir Starmer MP, holding the Government to account as they negotiate Britain’s departure from the EU.
Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Committee
I served on the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee from 2010 to 2016, but stood down when I was appointed a Shadow Minister, as MPs can’t be on a Select Committee while serving on the frontbench. During my time on the BIS Committee we undertook inquiries into a wide range of issues affecting business and industry, further and higher education, science and innovation, skills and apprenticeships – and a lot more besides. You can read the reports that the committee has published here.
All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) play an important role in putting issues on the Parliamentary agenda. I have been Chair of the APPG on Students, which I set up, Secretary of the APPG on Universities, Secretary of the APPG on Debt and Personal Finance and Vice-Chair of the APPG on Motor Neurone Disease. I’m also Chair of the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform.
Early Day Motions
An Early Day Motion, or EDM, is a short statement that MPs can submit which states a view on a particular subject. If other MPs agree with the motion put forward, they can sign it to show their support. Early Day Motions are used to raise awareness of a certain issue. You can find out which Early Day Motions I’ve signed during 2015/16 and previous parliamentary sessions here, although as a Shadow Minister I am now limited by the convention that Ministers and Shadow Ministers do not usually sign EDMs.