Madeleine Moon MP

Labour Member of Parliament for Bridgend

This Week in Parliament

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill returned to the Commons this week. Packed into two intense days of debate were perhaps the most important deliberations in Parliament since the Second World War and many unanswered questions remain unanswered. The only clarity to emerge from the de-bates was that the House is sharply divided on how to proceed and what the way forward looks like.

Debate will return to the Commons once the Lords have considered the Government’s changes. However, it is now obvious to everyone involved that it was always too simplistic to think Brexit was ever going to be merely a matter of walking away. Our mutual inter-relationship with Europe is much deeper than people were advised of at the time of the Referendum.

The two days of debate are worth exploring and I would recommend you follow the hyperlinks be-low and read the arguments in detail. The most worrying aspect of the two days was the total lack of clarity in relation to the governments plans for and desire out come from Brexit.

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This week in Parliament 11-15 June

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill returned to the Commons this week. Packed into two intense days of debate were perhaps the most important deliberations in Parliament since the Second World...

This week was a final chance to draw breath before the return of the European Union With-drawal Bill to the House of Commons next week.

The steady flow of briefings and information regarding the Withdrawal Bill which peppered the week provided a good grounding whilst allowing me to pursue other important matters. I had the opportunity to attend and host several important meetings on Defence, and a closed session of the Defence Committee was an ideal time to update Members on my recent visits with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

I also Chaired a Delegated legislation Committee on Immigration and the detention of vulnerable persons, another opportunity to reflect on the way the Country is run and is viewed by the world.

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This Week In Parliament 04-08 June

This week was a final chance to draw breath before the return of the European Union With-drawal Bill to the House of Commons next week. The steady flow of briefings...

Where have we got to with Brexit?

Things are changing rapidly as the Brexit process moves forward, with new analyses and issues emerging almost weekly. By the time you read this, I am sure there will be new information and developments about the UK’s exit from the EU. However, this newsletter aims to provide an overview of where we are at the moment.

It has been a tumultuous 23 months since the EU referendum and astonishingly we still have a lack of clarity over the Government’s negotiating position and how they will deliver their so called "bespoke", "deep and special" future relationship with the EU.

We know the Government have set out a number of "red lines" on areas they do not wish to be party to. However, it is virtually impossible to reconcile their rhetoric with the realities of issues such as pro-tecting against a hard Irish border and leaving the Customs Union.

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Brexit Newsletter June 2018

Where have we got to with Brexit? Things are changing rapidly as the Brexit process moves forward, with new analyses and issues emerging almost weekly. By the time you read...

The week turned out busier that it first appeared. The lack of large legislation moving through the House lulled us all into a false sense of security. However, the time has allowed me to focus on other and equally important issues.

I had the opportunity to speak at a symposium on suicide. A very productive meeting which allowed experts in the field to come together and discuss ways in which we can improve our systems and increase prevention and help for those who need it.

On the Defence side of things, the Secretary of State came before the Defence Committee, allowing us to dig deeper into the Governments plans for our Armed Forces and our place within NATO. A very useful session for myself as I head off to Poland this weekend for a meeting of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

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This Week in Parliament 21-25May

The week turned out busier that it first appeared. The lack of large legislation moving through the House lulled us all into a false sense of security. However, the time...

As seems to be routine now, Brexit rumbled on in the background of everything we in Parliament do. The chance to debate the Customs Union once again was, however, welcome. It is important that, whatever your view, we have a full and frank debate on the future direction of the Country.

Foreign Affairs dominated my week , hearing evidence of the contribution made by our brave service personnel in confronting ISIS in the middle East with the Defence Committee. I also attended a meeting with the Russian Ambassador who made some frankly frightful claims about the Salisbury attacks. The next day I met representatives from Lithuania and heard of their constant unease with regard to Russia. It is these kinds of experiences which demonstrate that it is more important than ever that the UK sticks close by its allies and presents a united front to anyone who would do us harm.

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This week in Parliament 14-18 May

As seems to be routine now, Brexit rumbled on in the background of everything we in Parliament do. The chance to debate the Customs Union once again was, however, welcome....

The week took on a backwards structure as Parliament did not sit on Monday, but the House was host to another sitting Friday.

The Government has been left reeling from the defeats the Lords have inflicted on it’s Brex-it Bill, but the Commons are yet to see the return of any of the related legislation to the House. As such this week gave Members a brief respite to concentrate on other important issues.

I had the pleasure to Chair two important meetings in my role as the Chair of Labour’s back-bench Defence group. The first highlighting the need for a more comprehensive and long term approach to security strategy. The second was an in depth presentation on the security questions in the high north and Arctic and Britain’s role and interests in this area.

As well as these meetings, I attend the launch of a new report on Parkinsons and Mental Health.

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This Week In Parlaiment

The week took on a backwards structure as Parliament did not sit on Monday, but the House was host to another sitting Friday. The Government has been left reeling from...

The Local Elections saw a lot of focus outside of Parliament this week. However, despite the attention elsewhere, some important developments occurred in the House as well.

The Government’s continued failings over the Windrush scandal further piled the pressure on. The new Home Secretary receiving an immediate baptism of fire as Members continued to pursue answers.

The continuing indecision from the Government over what our future relationship with the EU will look like post Brexit is bring further derision to an already flawed negotiating position. Members on all sides of the House are becoming increasingly fed up with the lacklustre nature of the approach. The amount of Parliamentary time taken by the process is staggering, for a glimpse of the time an effort needed for Brexit in Parliament see here.

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This WeeK In Parliament 30 April - 04 May

The Local Elections saw a lot of focus outside of Parliament this week. However, despite the attention elsewhere, some important developments occurred in the House as well. The Government’s continued...

A frantic week in Parliament has seen the pressure on the Government increasing. The Windrush Scandal continues to role on and the Home Secretary is hearing louder and louder calls for her to resign. This has been especially so as the debacle and lack of transparency over the handling of the affair, especially over the issue of targets. The Home Secretary told Parliament that there were none, then later evidence emerged that they did in fact exist.

Meanwhile Brexit still looms large over everything we do. The Government’s Brexit Bill has suffered a series of defeats in the House of Lords and this week the Commons finally got the chance to debate the Customs Union. Meanwhile, behind the scenes the enormous administrative task of carrying out Brexit is taking up the vast majority of Members time. A snapshot of the amount of time taken by Brexit related issues can be found here.

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This Week In Parliament 23-27 April

A frantic week in Parliament has seen the pressure on the Government increasing. The Windrush Scandal continues to role on and the Home Secretary is hearing louder and louder calls...

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....

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