Madeleine Moon MP

Labour Member of Parliament for Bridgend

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There are 529 remarkable people who are registered stem cell donors in Bridgend. These individuals are real-life heroes who will potentially save the life of someone with blood cancer. Anthony Nolan is the incredible charity that helps to match patients with donors from their register.However, 1 in 8 people across the UK tragically do not find a match. Consequently, more needs to be done to increase the number of potential donors. An estimated 2,000 people in the UK are in desperate need of a bone marrow or stem cell transplant ever year.  

There is an extremely common misnomer that donating can be painful. In fact, most donors only experience mild flu-like symptoms and may feel a bit tired afterwards. A short-term inconvenience that will make the world of difference to someone whose life could be saved.  

Every 20 minutes someone in the country is diagnosed with blood cancer and only about 60% of them actually find their best possible match from a stranger. Donors can help cure someone’s cancer and give them a second chance at life.Donors must be between 16 - 30 and in good health, To find out more go to: https://www.anthonynolan.org/8-ways-you-could-save-life/donate-your-stem-cells  


How to save a life

There are 529 remarkable people who are registered stem cell donors in Bridgend. These individuals are real-life heroes who will potentially save the life of someone with blood cancer. Anthony...

When Parliament returns in September, MPs will have the Repeal Bill waiting for them to debate and vote on. It essentially converts EU law into UK legislation.

Controversially, the Bill includes proposals to give ministers extensive “Henry VIII powers”, also known as statutory instruments, to make changes to laws without full Parliamentary approval. The Government say they need this to correct some laws after Brexit. For example, they will need to amend laws that refer to the “European Commission” or to the UK’s “EU Obligations” as they will no longer apply once we exit.

There’s a reason why they’re known as Henry VIII powers. Just like the Statute of Proclamations gave Henry the power to make any laws he wanted simply by decree; statutory instruments will allow ministers to change Bills with little or no Parliamentary oversight. This means hard-won rights could be removed or weakened without any say from Parliament. It’s estimated that there could be between 800 and 1,000 statutory instruments which will have limited Parliamentary scrutiny. This raises serious concerns about democratic legitimacy and parliamentary sovereignty - the government could change laws without your elected representatives having a vote.

At a time where the constitutional fibres of the UK will be reshaped because of swathes of legislative changes, total transparency and accountability is needed more than ever. Some of our cherished rights will be left to the whims of ministers and their Henry VIII powers – and we all know what Henry did with such sweeping powers.

 

So what are Henry VIII powers?

When Parliament returns in September, MPs will have the Repeal Bill waiting for them to debate and vote on. It essentially converts EU law into UK legislation. Controversially, the Bill...

This week I made a visit to the Parliamentary archives in the Elizabeth Tower. The Tower is the large central one which dominates the Palace.  It was specifically designed to hold the Parliamentary archive after a fire burned down the medieval Palace in 1834. The great rolls of vellum stacked on shelves that hold the Laws of Britain look like the age rings of giant trees.

You can see how busy monarchs were by the number of rolls carrying their name.  Interestingly there are few rolls for Charles 1st, a man who did not like to call Parliaments, did not like to be held to account for his spending and ….. the rest is history.

We are coming to the end of the first session of this Parliament. It's been slower to get going than my previous three Parliaments. Structures have to be in place before Parliament can fully function and we can add to those rolls of vellum.  We need a Speaker so that MP’s can take the oath of allegiance to the Queen before they can speak in the Chamber and debates can begin.

You need to elect Deputy Speakers and select of Members of the Speaker’s Panel of Chairs to facilitate the debates. You also need Chairs of Select Committees, Members of Select Committee’s and other outside bodies.

I have been elected to the Defence Select Committee and re-appointed to the Speaker’s Panel. I will Chair debates in Westminster Hall and deal with the legislative processes of Bills, Statutory Instruments and Delegated Legislation. We expect a wide range of legislation to be brought forward for debate as we unpick the consequences of Brexit and the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

The Bill is highly controversial as it contains what are called Henry VIII powers enabling the government to deal with ‘deficiencies arising from withdrawal’.  It gives power to Ministers (not Parliament) to make regulations as they consider appropriate to anything they feel may be needed to ‘prevent, remedy or mitigate’ the transfer of EU legislation into British legislation. Government has awarded itself huge powers over Parliament.  You can expect a noisy Parliamentary session ahead as the traditional battle between Government and back benchers and oppositions goes into overdrive.

Why will Parliament not just nod changes through?  Because rules, standards and agreements matter. Two areas which impact on life in communities across Bridgend have come up this week.

Euratom is the agency which regulates the transportation of nuclear materials across the 28 member states. Nuclear material used to generate energy for electricity for homes and business, to power submarines or for use in medicine and research. The UK cannot move or access nuclear materials from the EU without complying with these regulations. The body ultimately responsible for arbitration in disputes is the European Court of Justice and the Government wants to leave the ECJ.

The Reach Rules control the use of chemicals across the EU. Britain’s motor manufacturing companies must abide by the Reach Rules as four fifths of cars produced in the UK are exported to Europe, the world most valuable consumer market. The car export market is worth £17.8 billion to the UK so we cannot ignore it.

To protect our future economic wealth, our industries, local jobs, our health service, power generation and defence capability those Henry VIII powers will be challenged.

Governments don’t like to be challenged. They don’t like to be told they have made mistakes and their sums don’t add up. I’d like congratulate the Gem for demonstrating this most graphically in a recent article.  Commenting on my contribution to the Queen’s speech debate. In an exchange with Chair of the Defence Select Committee (Conservative Dr Julian Lewis) we both expressed our concern that the government was only able to claim it was spending 2% on defence by including military and civil servant pensions.  Dr Lewis commented, “It is a measure of the management downwards of our expectations that we are supposed to ring the church bells in triumph at our not falling below the bare minimum that NATO members are supposed to achieve. We really have to rethink this. We really should be looking at 3% of GDP, and not this bare minimum of 2%.”

I was therefore delighted to see the quote from Minister Mark Lancaster in the Gem article. As a national defence journalist texted me ‘if the minister wants to lash out they can be v quick at giving a quote’. Seems my speech and the Gem article touched a nerve. We are underfunding our armed services, personnel numbers are cut to the bone because the MOD is struggling to pay for American equipment it cannot afford, partly because of the drop in the value of the pound.  The £20 billion black hole in the budget is not shrinking no matter how much Mark claims was spent in the past in Iraq and Afghanistan or is being spent with Welsh business.

The next few years are going to fill up those shelves with more rolls of vellum as we tackle Brexit. The impact on Britain and our place in the world will be tested and the need for ingenuity in legislation and decision making stretched. The largest roll in the current archive dates from 1820 and contains the registration of all of the land ownership in England and Wales for that year. Talking to the archivist I question how often this figured in the rolls. We plan to look for Bills relating to the building of the railroad and harbour in Porthcawl to transport coal from the mines in valleys to the north. That was our past.  I’m confident Bridgend will add more to those rings of vellum over the next few years.

 

 

 

The Chocolate Egg That Falls Apart

This week I made a visit to the Parliamentary archives in the Elizabeth Tower. The Tower is the large central one which dominates the Palace.  It was specifically designed to...

Madeleine Moon MP says that the army must do more to ensure that those who leave, have the skills and recognised qualifications employers are seeking.

The Army are lagging behind the likes of the RAF and Navy in ensuring that its staff are equipped to secure civilian employment after they leave. Madeleine Moon said that RAF and Navy personnel had more transferable skills due to their technical training and were hence more employable.

Mrs Moon, member of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee, said that:

"With the Army, particularly the infantry, they are lagging behind in terms of transferability of skills and making sure the qualifications that are attached to those skills are ones that have an understandably recognised qualification at the end of their career".

For more information see here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-40805594

 

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Are ex-service personnel receiving enough support to get jobs when they leave the army?

Madeleine Moon MP says that the army must do more to ensure that those who leave, have the skills and recognised qualifications employers are seeking. The Army are lagging behind...

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Bridgend MP Madeleine Moon attended a Carers Week speed networking event with carers and charities in Westminster, pledging her support to unpaid carers locally.

The event was in support of the recent Carers Week, to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the 6.5 million people across the UK who currently provide unpaid care for a disabled, ill or older family member or friend. It matched up MPs and carers to share experiences of caring and discuss ways to build Carer Friendly Communities – places where local people and services support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own.

Madeleine committed to meeting with carers locally and local services to find out about the challenges faced by carers. Encouraging organisations, services and employers in her constituency to become more Carer Friendly and raise the profile of caring and speaking up for carers in Parliament.

Madeleine said:

“I was proud to represent my constituents today at the Carers Week event and I pledge to support the 10,000 carers in Bridgend Constituency throughout this Parliament.  Unpaid carers make a huge contribution to our society, providing vital and often hidden support to friends and family members, and it is right that we value them and ensure they have the right support at the right time. I look forward to working with the Carers Week charities, and, with unpaid carers, locally, to make a difference to their lives. In the Bridgend Constituency last week I was delighted to attend the Bridgend Crossroads Coffee Morning arranged for Carers Week. There were stalls of bric a brac, books, plants and delicious cakes and also a raffle. A great success with a total of £352 raised for Bridgend Crossroads.

Carers Week 2017 is made possible by Carers UK joining forces with Age UK, Carers Trust, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, the Motor Neurone Disease Association, MS Society and Which? Elderly Care and kindly supported by Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition and the Lockwood Foundation.

For further information visit www.carersweek.org

 

Local MP Madeleine Moon attends Carers Week event

Bridgend MP Madeleine Moon attended a Carers Week speed networking event with carers and charities in Westminster, pledging her support to unpaid carers locally. The event was in support of...

On Thursday 29 June 2017 Madeleine Moon MP voted to support Amendment G to the Queen’s Speech. Among other proposals it called for the Government “not rule out withdrawal from the EU without a deal, guarantee a Parliamentary vote on any final outcome to negotiations, set out transitional arrangements to maintain jobs, trade and certainty for business”, and crucially, to “set out proposals to remain within the Customs Union and Single Market”.

Madeleine said: My position on this is no secret, I believe that remaining in the Customs Union and the Single Market is vital for Bridgend and the UK in order to protect jobs, maintain competitiveness and attract future investments, particularly for companies like Ford and others in the automotive sector.

The Society of Motor Manufactures and Traders (SMMT) have made it crystal clear that retaining the benefits of the Single Market and tariff and customs free trade with the EU is imperative for the automotive industry. It is a highly integrated global industry with vehicles and parts crossing European borders many many times during the assembly process. The SMMT said that reverting to World Trade Organisation (WTO) tariffs and customs checks at UK borders would significantly increase costs and impact competiveness. They found that a 10% tariff on finished vehicles because of WTO rules could cost the industry £4.5 billion which would inevitably increase costs for consumers. It has also been estimated that the list price of cars imported to the UK from the EU could increase by an average of £1500.

Not only this, jobs could be at risk. This is not scaremongering, it’s a very plausible outcome when we think about it. If we leave the EU with no deal, we automatically resort to WTO rules, which equals tariffs. Tariffs then mean the cost of production increases. Economically, it would make sense for some manufacturers to leave the UK if 10% WTO tariffs are introduced. The PA Consulting Group found that the increased cost of exporting 200,000 cars a year from the UK would be £920m after two years. This could easily cover the cost of building a new plant in an EU Member State which has access to the single market and customs union. We must absolutely avoid this scenario and I feel the amendment offered a path to mitigate such risks.

It is without doubt that the imposition of tariffs by losing access to the Single Market and Customs Union puts our businesses in Bridgend such as Ford at a significant disadvantage. I have always stood up for what is in the best interests for the constituency and if there is ever a chance to protect Bridgend from the damaging impact of Brexit, I will always put the constituency first.

Bridgend MP Madeleine Moon Votes to support Amendment G

On Thursday 29 June 2017 Madeleine Moon MP voted to support Amendment G to the Queen’s Speech. Among other proposals it called for the Government “not rule out withdrawal from...

Following the Queen’s Speech debate Madeleine Moon MP supported Amendment I, calling on the Government to end the public sector pay cap. Mrs Moon spoke several times in the debate highlighting the unjust cuts to public services, the gaps in defence spending and called on the Home Secretary to support victims of domestic violence.

During the Queen’s Speech debate on Wednesday (28th June 2017), Mrs Moon paid tribute to the bravery of members of our public services, juxtaposing this with the treatment they have received from the government in terms of cuts to budgets, pay caps and unpaid work.

 Madeleine said: 

“Throughout today’s debate there has been a lot of talk about British values, but what do we mean by British values? Do we mean the bravery of those doctors, nurses, firefighters and police officers who ran to help those being attacked by terrorists? Do we mean those who ran into Grenfell Tower to help people at a time of distress? Do we mean those we have been insulting with a 1% pay rise, year on year, driving them into poverty? Do we mean those NHS workers who between 2010 and 2016 have lost £4.3 billion in cuts from the NHS staffing budget? Is that who we mean when we talk about British values? Or do we mean the 42% of NHS workers who do unpaid overtime to keep the NHS going?”

Mrs Moon also exposed how the armed forces “are being bled dry” and called for an urgent review of the capability of the armed forces and its funding, to ensure the UK maintains its standing in NATO. There is a gap in the defence budget of between £10 billion and £20 billion over the next decade which raises yet more questions about how the UK can meet its commitment to NATO of spending 2% of national income on defence. The government includes war pensions and intelligence-gathering in this 2%, which previously came under other budgets. Due to this and budgetary holes, Mrs Moon said that “our capability to defend this country is diminishing day by day.”

In her last intervention of the day, she called the Home Secretary to look at victims of domestic violence, who she said are: “subject to a new form of abuse, namely being constantly returned to court by ex-partners demanding extra access to the children? That is a way to intimidate, bully and impoverish many of those who have the children in their care.” This led to the Home Secretary confirming the government would be looking into this issue in the Domestic Violence Bill.

Madeleine Moon MP votes to end the public sector pay cap

Following the Queen’s Speech debate Madeleine Moon MP supported Amendment I, calling on the Government to end the public sector pay cap. Mrs Moon spoke several times in the debate...

Brexit will be complex and requires careful negotiation if we are not to be left economically isolated and our quality of life damaged. There are many agencies which unify the standards of products and safety across the 28 countries of the EU both for import and export into and out of the region.  How we agree on a varied range of issues from space and satellite development, nuclear power regulation, fisheries and seed quality will be critical to future trading.

Locally the most important issue will be tariffs.  I am especially worried about the possibility of tariffs and the impact on Ford and TATA as well as the numerous Small and Medium sized manufacturing, service sector and mineral product companies across the constituency.  

Accessing funding for future skills training will also be vital as new products are developed and a technically skilled workforce is ready to provide maintenance and support.

The decline in the value of the pound is hitting companies trading in dollars, delaying business decisions and hitting families with higher food and utility prices.

Securing the future for those from Europe who have chosen to settle in the U.K. or in the EU is vital.  We must be wary of making it impossible for our young people to study, work and fall in love in Europe and then to return home with qualifications and marriages that may not be recognised for settlement and employment here, as they are at the moment.

Across Europe, countries are facing similar pressures and uncertainties created by multiculturalism, migration and terrorism. The greatest threat after Brexit is how we face these challenges while at the same time maintain our values and adherence to the rule of law.  In particular workers’ rights need to be enshrined in UK law. 

Locally my priorities will focus on ensuring this is a safe and secure environment across Bridgend in which to live and work.  We need to build more affordable homes and social housing.

During the last Parliament I supported campaigns to secure justice for police widows (being denied their late spouse’s pensions if they remarry or cohabit); to get a fair deal for women born in the 1950s who have had their state pension age delayed (the WASPI campaign); to hold the government to account over the way Personal Independence Payments for disabled people are administered, and particularly the number of people who have had their entitlement removed unfairly; and pursued the government to end credit card surcharges which are being unfairly (and in some cases illegally applied).

The future of the NHS must be secured by ensuring there is adequate funding.  I am deeply worried by the lack of clarity of how social care will be funded.  I will oppose legislation requiring that all of an individual’s assets, including the value of the family home up to the last £100,000, is used to fund domiciliary and social care. It will also be vital to have clarity on the impact of changes to social care funding on the Barnett formulae payments to the Welsh Assembly and Bridgend County Borough Council. Like Aneurin Bevin I believe that disability and ‘Illness is neither an Indulgence for which people have to pay, nor an offence for which they should be penalised, but a misfortune the cost of which should be shared by the community.’ If you have specific questions on areas of devolved policy such as health, you will need to contact Carwyn Jones (carwyn.jones@assembly.wales).

At the moment, we don’t know what changes there may be to National Insurance payments, pensions or general taxation. I will oppose all increases that leave the majority of local people worse off.  I will also be opposing any cuts to the winter fuel allowance that places local families at risk of fuel poverty.

Education has always been important in Wales and I will do all I can to support local schools so that access to quality education is assured for all children. I do not support the building of new Grammar Schools or the growth of Free Schools. 

I have had a long term interest in defence and security and valued my regular contact with South Wales Police. Policing has changed with increased pressures to address sexual abuse, social issues including mental health, suicide and domestic abuse.  Cybercrime, terrorism and internet safety now sit alongside public order and crimes such as theft, anti-social behaviour and robbery. Ensuring we have sufficient skilled police officers will be a priority for me.

 

Priorities for the new Parliament

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