Madeleine Moon MP

Labour Member of Parliament for Bridgend

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A tumultuous week in Parliament has seen the Government’s foreign and domestic policies come under attack. The Government suffered a humiliating defeat in the Lords over their Brexit Bill. Tory rebels voting with the opposition to force a debate on staying in the Cus-toms Union. The debacle over the Windrush Generation has only added to the Government’s woes, making the rhetoric around "Global Britain" look quite empty and hollow. Rev-elations into Council cuts hitting Labour areas hardest only made a bad week worse for the Government.

The airstrikes in Syria over the weekend caused plenty of controversy in the House. Although a legitimate case can be made either way in regard to taking action, many Members have been rightly concerned of the lack of consultation with Parliament.

I have spent the week in the Balkans with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. This visit gave Members of the Alliance the perfect opportunity to further the network building and engagement in the region and to monitor the progress the area has made since the wars which ravaged the Countries so recently. A task in which British delegates can play vital role.

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This Week In Parliament 16-20 April

A tumultuous week in Parliament has seen the Government’s foreign and domestic policies come under attack. The Government suffered a humiliating defeat in the Lords over their Brexit Bill. Tory...

As you will be aware Defence policy is one of my Parliamentary responsibilities. I remain on both the House of Commons Defence Select Committee (HCDC) and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. I am the Chair of the Labour Party Backbench Defence Group and Chair the RAF and the Reserves and Cadet Forces All Party Groups. The eye of the UK Defence community is currently focused sharply on the UK’s defence budget, our foreign policy and defence strategy to face old and new strategic threats. The possible weakening of our security links with Europe following Brexit is a further concern. The UK’s main outlet for Defence since the Second World War has been NATO. With our Defence Budget under strain, and the US administration’s confusing messages and our departure from the EU this update will, I hope, help to clarify the problems we face. Calls for an increase in defence funding has taken on a greater urgency following the chemical attack in Salisbury.

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Defence Newsletter Easter 2018

As you will be aware Defence policy is one of my Parliamentary responsibilities. I remain on both the House of Commons Defence Select Committee (HCDC) and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly....

This week has been very much focused on Foreign Affairs. The solidarity shown by our allies and partners around the globe was a much welcome development in the on going tensions with Russia over the attack in Salisbury. In times such as this, unity is important to show that we will not be bullied and cajoled against our will. These actions had broad cross party support in the House.

With 2018 being the 100 Anniversary of the RAF it was a pleasure to welcome Air Officer Wales and the Assistant Chief of the Air Staff into Parliament to give a briefing to Welsh MPs on what is happening in Wales to celebrate and how they can get involved.

Celebrations are happening throughout the year and I would urge anyone who can to play that part in something in their local community to show their support for the RAF.

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This Week In Parliament 26-30 March

This week has been very much focused on Foreign Affairs. The solidarity shown by our allies and partners around the globe was a much welcome development in the on going...

Although Brexit was still lurking in the background of Parliament this week, the focus on debates on general topics over the last couple of weeks has allowed other issues to come to the fore.

This week I Chaired a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Motor Neurone Disease. We heard from a brave young man and his trouble with securing the benefits he needed to be able to stay mobile. The hurdles the Government is making people such as this jump through is unacceptable and unnecessary.

I also Chaired a Committee stage session on The draft National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2018. It is good to see that this sort of Legislation is still going through Parliament, despite the workload that Brexit entails.

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This Week In Parliement 19-23 March

Although Brexit was still lurking in the background of Parliament this week, the focus on debates on general topics over the last couple of weeks has allowed other issues to...

It has been as busy week of ups and downs in Parliament. The horrific attack in Salisbury set the tone for the week and overshadowed everything Members did.

At times such as this, party differences become much less significant when a genuine threat is made to all of us.

The week featured some robust debates and I was also pleased to see some further cross party consensus over the progress of Brexit and the direction the Country needs to take.

Elsewhere this week mental health played a prominent part. The All Party Group for Suicide and self harm prevention looked at steps taken in Bristol to reduce self harm and the work of Liaison Psychiatrists in A&E. I also Chaired a Westminster Hall debate highlighting the low level of availability of support for people with psychosis in England. You can read the debate here.

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This Week In Parliament 12 - 16 March

It has been as busy week of ups and downs in Parliament. The horrific attack in Salisbury set the tone for the week and overshadowed everything Members did. At times...

There were three major stand out issues that have been subject to intense discussions throughout this week. Firstly, was the inescapable matter of the future economic relationship between the UK and the EU. The EU Council President, Donald Tusk, and the European Parliament’s draft resolution served as a staunch rebuttal to Theresa May’s Brexit vision. Secondly, something I have received many emails on from concerned constituents, was the visit of the Saudi Crown Prince to the UK. Once again, arms exports to Saudi Arabia and the conflict in Yemen were both in the lime light. Increased trade with Saudi Arabia, particularly in the context of Brexit, was a hotly contested issue considering their poor human rights track record. Finally, on Thursday, we were able to celebrate International Women’s Day which also coincided with World Kidney Day.  As Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Kidney Group, I encouraged Members to join a social media campaign to raise awareness of kidney health particularly in  women. Up and down the country kidney groups and charities were holding events to raise money and spread information about chronic kidney disease.

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This Week in Parliament 05 - 09 March 2018

There were three major stand out issues that have been subject to intense discussions throughout this week. Firstly, was the inescapable matter of the future economic relationship between the UK...

An interesting week in Parliament saw business swing back to more domestic concerns. De-spite the ongoing background noise which Brexit has generated since the Referendum. The House took the time this week to scrutinise Government spending across several departments.

During these Debates, Members took another opportunity to raise the concerns about de-fence spending. And the handling of the Military by the Government.

With Conservative Members once again at war with each other over the Government’s Brexit position, the risk exists that other issues will be forgotten. It is therefore equally important that Members continue to raise these concerns and draw attention to the Governments shortcomings.

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This Week In Parliament 26 February - 02 March

An interesting week in Parliament saw business swing back to more domestic concerns. De-spite the ongoing background noise which Brexit has generated since the Referendum. The House took the time...

Once again a week in Parliament was overshadowed by Brexit developments outside the House. The series of speeches being given by various senior Minister, intended by the Gov-ernment to shed light on what the Government intends are leaving more questions than an-swers for Members.

I have spent the majority of the week in Brussels, at a NATO Parliamentary Assembly meeting. These visits are a good chance for me to represent the UK on the global stage, but also to see the way our allies view the UK. It was, therefore, an interesting time to be with my NATO colleagues as the Government took further steps to outline what it wants the re-sult of the Brexit negotiations to look like.

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This week In Parliament 19-23 February

Once again a week in Parliament was overshadowed by Brexit developments outside the House. The series of speeches being given by various senior Minister, intended by the Gov-ernment to shed...

It has been an interesting week in Parliament. The centenary of  Women’s Suffrage has given us all a chance to pause and reflect on what our Democracy stands for and the goals it attempts to achieve for all in our society.

However, the relentless pace of Westminster doesn't allow pause for too long.

I was away from the House this week, attending a NATO Parliamentary Assembly gathering in Washington D.C. NATO is becoming an increasingly important outlet for the UK to express our views and wishes to our partners and allies around the world, and so it is vital that the UK delegation has a strong showing at all these events , in order to demonstrate the UK’s strength and commitment to the alliance.

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This Week in Parliament 05 - 09 February 2018

It has been an interesting week in Parliament. The centenary of  Women’s Suffrage has given us all a chance to pause and reflect on what our Democracy stands for and...

What started out as a potentially quiet week in Parliament was quickly taken over by events outside the House.

The leaking of the Governments Brexit economic analysis once again brought to the fore the Government’s caviller attitude to Brexit and Parliament. The lack of trust in both Parliament and the voters from Government infuriated Members, leading to a much busier and fast paced week than anticipated.

All this was carried out with a background of increasingly obvious in fighting within the Government, making for an interesting and potentially crucial period for Parliament.

I also had the pleasure of meeting a delegation from the Baltic states and another from South Korea, along with other Members of the Defence Committee.

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This Week In Parliament 29 January - 02 February

What started out as a potentially quiet week in Parliament was quickly taken over by events outside the House. The leaking of the Governments Brexit economic analysis once again brought...

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