Last Thursday (November 15th) the Prime Minister came to the Commons to tell MPs the details of the Brexit deal she has negotiated with the EU.

After two years of botched negotiations, this deal is a miserable failure. Whether you voted leave or remain, nobody voted for this. As I’m sure you will have seen in the press, the Government is now in chaos and Theresa May’s position as Prime Minister is very shaky.

The deal essentially falls into two parts: a withdrawal agreement that includes proposals for a backstop and a political declaration that is incredibly vague and opens the gate to a hard Tory Brexit.

Taken together, the two parts of the deal definitely fail Labour’s six tests and we will vote against it. It does not protect jobs, rights or living standards.

My Labour colleagues and I do not accept that the choice is between May’s deal or no deal. If her plan is voted down by MPs, we will work across Parliament to block a ‘no deal’ outcome.

We have set out an alternative Brexit plan which would safeguard jobs, rights and standards and bring power and investment back to our nations regions. You can read the plan in full here:

You can also read my last blog entry on Brexit here:


Since the march for a People’s Vote I have received hundreds of emails from constituents. My staff and I have tried to keep up with responding to them all, but unfortunately it is becoming impossible. I have therefore reluctantly decided that I will not be able to respond to any of the campaign emails. I will still do my best to reply to any individual emails from constituents, although it may take longer than usual. I will also continue to update my website.

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