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 also act as Chair of two All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs).
I act as Chair of the APPG on Rail in Wales, which meets throughout the year to hear from key stakeholders within the rail industry and serves as a forum for members to raise and discuss rail issues specific to Wales.
Ever since I was first elected I have had a particular interest in social media and the effects it has on people’s mental health, this led to the formation of the APPG on Social Media.
Since it was formed in 2018 it has undertaken a number of inquiries including looking at the impact of social media on young people’s health and well-being. More recently, in conjunction with the UK Safer Internet Centre, we have just launched our latest inquiry ‘Selfie Generation: What’s behind the rise in self-generated indecent images of children online?’
I am also a member of a number of other 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)
For more information on the APPG on Social Media:
My roles and responsibilities in Parliament
Since April 2020 I have undertaken the roles of Senior Opposition Whip and Shadow Minister for Scotland as part of Labour’s Front Bench. As an Opposition Whip, I am involved with the business and legislation of the House. As Shadow Minister for Scotland I work closely with Ian Murray, our Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, in challenging and holding the UK and Scottish Government to account in ensuring that Scottish communities, businesses and charities have their concerns voiced in Westminster.
From October 2016 to 2020 I served as a member of the Opposition Front Bench as an Opposition Whip.
I currently sit on two Select Committees, the Procedure Committee and the Standards Committee. These are two crucial committees that ensure the smooth running of business in the House. On the Procedure Committee, I have worked closely with colleagues in helping to facilitate hybrid proceedings and worked to ensure that MPs remain able to participate virtually in the Commons.
2020 in Review
2020 has undoubtedly been a tough and difficult year for many across Ogmore. To find out more about the work I have undertaken as your Member of Parliament during the last 12 months, click on the button below.