I have been the Member of Parliament for Ogmore since May 2016 when I was elected in a by-election. I have lived in South Wales all of my life and currently reside in Brynmenyn with my wife and son.
Prior to taking Parliamentary Office I worked in a number of roles in Further Education, office management, public affairs and prior to being elected as MP for Ogmore, I served as a full time County Councillor and Cabinet Member leading on Education and Children’s Social Services until 2016 in the Vale of Glamorgan. From 2013 to 2016 I served as an independent member of the Cardiff and Vale Health board. A fact that many will not know is that I originally started out in life working as a butcher!
It’s been an absolute pleasure to meet the many community groups and residents the length and breadth of the constituency that I call home and I continue to relish taking up the issues that matter to you all year round.
Ogmore is abundant with local community groups and organisations of which I am a member of the following:
- Maesteg Musical Theatre Society (Vice President)
- Mid Glamorgan Mixed Choir (Patron)
- Cor Merched Cwm Llynfi (Vice President)
In addition to my shadow frontbench and select committee responsibilities, I am also a member of a number of APPGs in Parliament that cover a multitude of issues:
- Coalfields (Officer)
- Rwanda (Vice Chair)
- Japan (Vice Chair)
- Greece (Vice Chair)
- Pensions (Vice Chair)
- Food and Drink (member)
- Rural Business (Vice Chair)
- Spain (Vice Chair)
- Gaps in Support
- Wales in the World (Vice Chair)
- PICTFOR (Vice Chair)
My roles and responsibilities in Parliament
I undertake the role of Senior Opposition Whip as part of Labour’s Front Bench. As an Opposition Whip, I am involved with the business and legislation of the House. Since July 2022 I have fulfilled the role of Vice-Chair of the UK Labour Party.
From December 2021 to July 2022 I served as Labour’s Shadow Minister for Media, Data and Digital Infrastructure.
From October 2016 to 2020 I served as a member of the Opposition Front Bench as an Opposition Whip. From April 2020 to December 2021 I served as Shadow Minister for Scotland.
I currently sit on the Procedure Select Committee, which is a crucial committee that is responsible for the smooth running of business in the House. During the Coronavirus pandemic, I have worked closely with colleagues in helping to facilitate hybrid proceedings and worked to ensure that MPs were able to participate virtually in the Commons.
2021 in Review
2021, much like 2020, has been another tough and difficult year for many constituents across Ogmore. To find out more about the work I have undertaken as your Member of Parliament throughout 2021, click on the button below.