Madeleine Moon MP

Labour Member of Parliament for Bridgend

This Week in Parliament

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...

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...

 

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...

Another busy week in Parliament saw the continuation of the Budget debates and the first test of the new Defence Minister at the dispatch box.

The important issues are being thrown at Parliament thick and fast at the moment, so much so though that it has become difficult to even get into debates. The Chamber is so often packed with Members each wanting to make a contribution that there is simply not the time for everyone to have their say. The enthusiasm to make a valuable contribution is of course great to see, but it does mean that Members have to be careful with their time and pick their moments to speak. Without careful selection of when to intervene it may mean waiting in the Chamber for as much as 6 hours in order to make a 2 minute intervention.

Elsewhere, I chaired another meeting on suicide and self harm prevention and the country witnesses the 100th anniversary of the RAF, a moment in which we can take the chance to recognise the difficult and hard work the RAF do for the UK

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This Week In Parliament 27 November - 01 December

Another busy week in Parliament saw the continuation of the Budget debates and the first test of the new Defence Minister at the dispatch box. The important issues are being...

 

This was yet another busy week in Parliament. Third day of debate over the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill saw another long debate, followed the next day by the Budget.

In the brief breaks we had in between these long and important sessions in Parliament. A de-bate was held in Westminster Hall on Britain’s Amphibious Capability. This was a debate I am pleased to say had cross party consensus that MPs can no longer sit by and see the Government degrade our military capability.

Further to this, I Chaired a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Reserves and Cadets in which I was pleased to hear from the Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Reserves and Ca-dets) on the progress of the plans to reform and rebuild our Reserve Forces. As well as this, on Wednesday I chaired a Kidney Symposium aimed at easing access to organs for transplant. This meeting was attended by numerous charities as well as NHS Leeds Kidney department.

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This Week In Parliament 20-24 November

  This was yet another busy week in Parliament. Third day of debate over the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill saw another long debate, followed the next day by the Budget....

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