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Westminster Matters

A Week in Westminster

By Albert Owen MP/AS, Ynys Môn

November 2017

The massive scaffolding that is going up around Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster shows the big task of repair and restoration of the crumbling seat of government.

In addition, the social fabric of the Tory Government is also crumbling. Senior MPs tell me it reminds them of the 1992-97 Parliament. A Tory Government split on Europe, sleaze and a weakened Prime Minister.

It’s probably worse than the 92-97 Government, because since the June election, the PM has lost both her Commons majority and her moral authority, and it shows. The Government does not vote to defend its record on Welfare, European and other policy areas. It is being forced to publish impact studies of Brexit which many on both sides of the Brexit debate feel are elementary to plan for our future.

As we move to scrutinise the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, the Government has not got a real plan or a clue on Brexit; over 16 months after the EU Referendum. This is serious for the future, as many businesses and the wider public have growing concerns about the uncertainty the Brexit vacuum is creating. We have higher inflation and lower growth than our competitors. This impacts on all UK residents and why I will be supporting several cross party amendments to the EU Bill as I indicated in the June 2017 election. I will fight for a sensible Brexit. I continue to lead on ports and the Irish link and this has growing support across the political parties.

In the Constituency, I attended the official launch of the two new 21st century Welsh Government schools, Ysgol Rhyd y Llan and Ysgol Cybi and met with young people to discuss issues important to them. I attended community events including Diwali celebrations in Benllech and attended Remembrance Day parade and services to pay my respect to active and veteran service personnel including those who fell in the war. I thank and pay tribute to the Royal British Legion for their work, dedication and kindest this year and in previous occasions to remember those who serve and defend us.

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