My Week in Parliament week ending 3rd Nov 17



Beer Duty and the Pubs Sector

On Tuesday 31st October, I represented the Labour frontbench in the debate on 'Beer Duty and
the Pubs Sector'.

The British pub is renowned around the world. Since the oldest one was
established in the 11th century, the pub has continued to be a central feature
of British life – a unique social hub for meetings, discussion and debate.

According to the British Beer and Pub Association, the sector supports nearly
900,000 jobs, 42% of those to under-25s, generates £23 billion in economic
value and provides £13 billion in tax revenues.

On top of this, 30 million adults visit the pub every month – this is a
testament that the British pub is not just a business, but is at the heart of
communities. It brings people together and continues to be on the ‘to-do’ list
of almost every tourist visiting the UK.

Yet, drinking establishments across the UK continue to be under severe threat.

The Conservatives have neglected the needs of small business in favour of tax
breaks to big business that has failed to stimulate investment and create the
high-skilled, well paid jobs the country needs.

Their cliff-edge approach to Brexit risks our access to the single market and
damaging all business by prioritising an economically damaging, undeliverable
and unworkable cap on immigration at all costs.

The Labour Party are the party of small businesses. We know small business are
the backbone of our economy accounting for 99.3% of all private sector
businesses at the start of 2016 and 60% of all private sector employment in the
UK or 15.7million people.

Under a Labour government, pubs will have the support necessary to thrive and

Product Safety and fire risk in residential properties

On Wednesday, I led the Labour frontbenches on a debate on product safety and
fire risk in residential properties.

In Sheffield, faulty white goods caused 103 fires in residential homes between
April 2014 - March 2017 according to the South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

And this summer, the nation was shocked by the tragedy at Grenfell Tower which
was apparently caused by a faulty fridge freezer.

The product safety regime is not fit-for-purpose and the Government has been to
slow to act.

I have joined calls by Which?, Electrical Safety First and other consumer
groups calling on the Government to bring about a National Product Safety
Agency to coordinate and enforce product safety laws.

STEEL: Labour's Roundtable

This Wednesday, I hosted the Labour Steel Roundtable in my capacity as Shadow
Steels Minister.

We were joined by representatives from the Community Union, Unite the Union and
the TUC as well as MP's representing steel constituencies to discuss the
opportinues and challenges facing the steel sector.

Votes at 16

The time to give votes to 16 year olds has arrived. It’s already happening in
Scotland and in Wales. The Government are quickly finding themselves on the
wrong side of the debate, while Labour are yet again showing that they are the
Party of the many.

It is vital that politicians listen to young people’s concerns, which is why
I’ll be supporting Jim McMahon’s Bill on November 3rd.

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