Madeleine Moon MP

Labour Member of Parliament for Bridgend

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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...

This was yet another week dominated by Brexit and Defence. The progress of the Nuclear safeguards Bill through Parliament once again highlighted many unseen knock on effects of Brexit and David Davis’ performance in front of the Exiting the European Union select Com-mittee left many Members once again with their heads in their hands.

The pressure Members have brought to bare over Defence has, however, produced some potentially positive results. Another active week saw three debates in relation to the Government's handling of the Military and the Government finally announce a fresh review of the Armed Forces. This offers Members the opportunity to further pressure the Government into giving the Military the attention it so desperately needs.

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This Week In Parliament 22-26 January

This was yet another week dominated by Brexit and Defence. The progress of the Nuclear safeguards Bill through Parliament once again highlighted many unseen knock on effects of Brexit and...

Yet another week in Parliament was dominated by the progress of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. The Bill has made its journey through the Commons, and despite the growing concern amongst opposition Members about the Government’s approach, it has made its progress relatively unchanged. The Lords will now add their scrutiny to the Bill.

Elsewhere, the week was an interesting one in terms of Defence, Members once again getting the chance to grill the new Secretary of State. An increasing consensus amongst Members on all sides over the Government’s underfunding of the Armed Forces is seeing the MoD coming under ever closer scrutiny.

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This Week In Parliament 15-19 January

Yet another week in Parliament was dominated by the progress of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. The Bill has made its journey through the Commons, and despite the growing concern...

Members of parliament are asking for urgent action to reverse the downward trend over the last three years in living kidney donation in the UK. The All Party Parliamentary Kidney Group (APPKG) has published a Manifesto to outline actions which need to be taken to address the reduction in living kidney donation from 1148 in 2013/14 to 1043 in 2016/17; which is a reduction of nearly 9%.

Madeleine Moon MP, Chair of the APPKG said:

“We are today setting out clear recommendations on actions which need to be taken to reverse this downward trend in living kidney donation. The Secretary of State, NHS England, NHS Blood and Transplant and the kidney community need to give greater priority to living kidney donation. Living kidney transplants generally last longer and, compared to the cost of dialysis, result in significant savings to the NHS. The APPKG recognises the excellent work in living kidney donation taking place in some areas and wishes to encourage such practice throughout the UK.”

The recommendations set out in the Manifesto include:

  • Reviewing the strategic responsibility and accountability for living kidney donation in England

 

  • Using the new tariff for living donation as a lever to address unexplained variation in living kidney donation among transplant centres

 

  • Establishing a national benchmark for completing the “work up” process for potential living donors

 

  • Publicising the long term financial benefits of increasing living kidney transplantation

 

  • Developing a strategy for supporting kidney patients in finding potential living kidney donors

We need to do more to increase awareness about living kidney donation because 48% of the population do not know that living kidney donation is possible. The APPKG is requesting positive responses to all of its recommendations in the next six months so that we can do all we can to reach the 2020 national target for living kidney donation set by the four UK governments.

You can read the full Manifesto here: https://www.kidney.org.uk/assets/Uploads/documents/All-Party-Parliamentary-Kidney-Group/NKF-manifesto.pdf

 

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More needs to be done to increase living kidney donation

Members of parliament are asking for urgent action to reverse the downward trend over the last three years in living kidney donation in the UK. The All Party Parliamentary Kidney...

The first week after the Christmas recess and Parliament was back into the full swing of things.

This opening week of Parliament for 2018 was conducted in the background of a Cabinet reshuffle on Monday. Although the rumours of movements in the big positions at the top of Government proved to be incorrect, many new faces were brought into the Cabinet.

Despite these changes at the top, the thrust of Members remains the same. Many are still concerned about the direction of the Government and the single minded focus on Brexit.

These concerns were once again highlighted this week in the Committees and on the floor of the Chamber, where the Government’s neglect of the Armed Forces was exposed and scrutinised by Members from all sides.

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This Week In Parliament 08 - 12 January

The first week after the Christmas recess and Parliament was back into the full swing of things. This opening week of Parliament for 2018 was conducted in the background of...

I started and ended this exhausting year in Washington. It was only in January 2017 that the inauguration of President Trump took place.

I watched from the Canadian Embassy as the President, his wife and son walked down the Mall with few people in the viewing stands. Washington was odd, it felt as though the city was empty as the streets were almost deserted.

The following day, millions of women wearing knitted pink hats arrived and the city woke up. Presidential speeches and tweets prepared us for a bumpy ride for the world.

No one was expecting a bumpy ride on March 22. I was chairing a delegated legislation committee when the division bell rang. I announced the suspension of the committee so that we could vote.

A quick conversation between the Minister and the opposition front bench spokeswoman and they decided they could conclude quickly.

The committee session resumed for 30 seconds, the business finalised and we went to the Commons Chamber to vote.

We had no idea how long that vote would keep us there. Outside on Westminster Bridge a car made its murderous way along the pavement as its driver destroyed the lives of pedestrians and a brave police officer.

Momentous events take place turning your world upside down and the next day it’s business as usual, except that ‘usual’ has changed for ever. The next day, the Chamber was full of MPs who came to listen to Theresa May give an account of the attack and its aftermath.

The people who died on the bridge were of many nationalities, including British, Romanian, Australian, South Korean, Chinese and French.

Berlin flooded the Brandenburg Gate with the image of a Union Jack in solidarity and it felt as though there was a coming together against terrorism.

Unity didn’t last. Twenty-six days later, a snap General Election was announced. Council elections were still to be concluded before the General could start. Party members and volunteers who are the unacknowledged backbone of the democratic system were already exhausted.

Memories of the two election campaigns merge into one, but events stand out. The death of Rhodri Morgan came as a shock to everyone, no matter what their party politics might be. A good and decent man who loved and worked for his country, gone far too soon.

Then came the dreadful slaughter of children and their parents at a concert in Manchester and later the London Bridge attack and the country was in mourning over mindless killing.

An election in the midst of these disasters felt like an indulgence, but there is no way to stop an election once one is called.

The election result was still a shock to everyone – a hung Parliament. The deal with the DUP and the battles over Brexit were ahead of us when a fire consumed a block of flats in Kensington.

As the numbers and nationalities of those who died rose, the country was in mourning again. The attack on worshippers leaving the Finsbury Park mosque brought in more emails to my office asking where the country was going.

So much death and destruction had people despairing. This is the aim of terrorists, to create fear and uncertainty, distrust and division.

These are feelings well known in South Korea. Every day the battle is played out in tweets and counter abuse between Trump and Kim Jong Un – a battle that could bring annihilation, not only to the people on the Korean peninsula.

Standing on the border between North and South Korea and feeling the tension between the military personnel based there is unnerving. Talking to nurses and medical staff, while in hospital in Seoul with double pneumonia, I heard of how they live with the constant threat of war.

In reviewing the year, two words keep coming up. Two words I heard a lot in Westminster and in Washington in December where I met with politicians from across NATO and its partner nations: social media and exhaustion.

The need for an in-depth analysis of how we manage and regulate social media is clear. Too many people think opinions expressed on social media have the same value as facts.

Too much evidence has emerged of political interference in the democratic processes of the West by those who want to undermine our way of life.

Too much hatred, fear and prejudice has been allowed, and even encouraged, to spread unchecked. Many people are exhausted by the search for truth, common values, hope and prosperity which seem so elusive.

But 2017 cannot end on a negative note, especially after my visit to the Parliamentary archives. There you see the physical manifestation of British Parliamentary history.

The rolls of parchment in the archives play out the legislation required for the dissolution of the monasteries, the Civil War, the loss of colonies in America, the development of canals, roads and railways.

The fighting of many wars, opening the vote to all men and women, education to all children and the development of the NHS are on the shelves in the archives. The Rolls tell the turbulent history of this country.

We have fought and divided over so many things. Religion, the power of birth and wealth, rights and responsibilities, sexual identity and personal and press freedom.

Conflicts, tensions and divisions of opinion are part of our history and will continue into 2018. But so too has been the drive to accept difference, diversity, human rights, religious tolerance and kindness.

In troubled times these are the causes that keep us going.

Reflecting on 2017

I started and ended this exhausting year in Washington. It was only in January 2017 that the inauguration of President Trump took place. I watched from the Canadian Embassy as...

 

Despite it being the final week of sitting before the Christmas recess, the pace in the House did not let up.

The relative stability the Government seemed to have achieved in the last couple of weeks has been shattered, after last weeks defeat on one of the Withdrawal Bill amendments and the sacking of the First Secretary of State this week, the Government once again looks to be on the ropes.

The Government’s Brexit strategy took a further blow this week as it was attacked in both the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Exiting the European Union Committee.

These developments mean that the start of the new year will be an interesting and im-portant time in Parliament.

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and wish you well for the coming year.

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This Week In Parliament

  Despite it being the final week of sitting before the Christmas recess, the pace in the House did not let up. The relative stability the Government seemed to have...

This week I was away from the House, I attended the Atlantic Council which has the Heads of NATO alliance and partner nations meet once a year to discus partnership issues .

It is, therefore, extremely important that Britain is well represented at these meetings to give the UK a strong and forceful voice in shaping the direction of NATO and, especially in these times, to show the world that Britain still has something to say on the International stage.

My absence did not make Parliament any less busy, and the important developments with European Union (Withdrawal) Bill mean that Parliament is now central to the Brexit process and will have a vote on the final deal.

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This Week In Parliament 11 - 15 December

This week I was away from the House, I attended the Atlantic Council which has the Heads of NATO alliance and partner nations meet once a year to discus partnership...

This was another week of frantic activity in Parliament. However, as has become very famil-iar to Members, our work was once again overshadowed by the Brexit process, both inside the House and developments further afield.

The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union has run into much criticism in the House this week from all sides. The sectoral analysis impact assessments on the impact of Brexit on the UK now appear either not to have been carried out or to have had so little depth of study that they have little validity.

Just when this seemed to be brewing into yet another controversy for the Government, news from Brussels took over. Despite the best efforts of the DUP, the Government and EU now appear to agreed on enough to move talks forward. No doubt this will lead yet more debate in the House throughout the coming months.

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This Week In Parliament 04- 08 December

This was another week of frantic activity in Parliament. However, as has become very famil-iar to Members, our work was once again overshadowed by the Brexit process, both inside the...

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