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Why I'll be voting against military action

Let us firstly acknowledge we all agree that Daesh/Islamic State is an evil force that the world has to confront. The disagreement relates to the best strategic response to that challenge.

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MP questions Prime Minister on Syria military intervention

Local Member of Parliament Jonathan Edwards took an opportunity to question the Prime Minister last week to call for greater diplomatic pressure on government forces which are killing those already trying to stop Daesh, more commonly known as Islamic State or ISIL, in Syria and Iraq.

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Wales granted income-tax powers without referendum

Local MP and Plaid Cymru’s Treasury spokesperson, Jonathan Edwards MP, has welcomed today's announcement in the Chancellor's Comprehensive Spending Review that Wales is to be granted income-tax powers without a referendum, hailing a victory for his party which was the first to propose such a move.

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Welsh households set to lose £459 a year

Plaid Cymru Treasury spokesperson, Jonathan Edwards MP, has responded to new figures by the Institute for Fiscal Studies showing that every Welsh household in Wales is set to lose around £459 each year as a result of the UK Government's tax and benefits changes.

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Debate on the UK Economy

The Chancellor is known for being a very political operator. Economic historians will pay tribute to the manner in which, following the 2010 election, he successfully framed the economic debate by focusing on the deficit. This enabled the Conservative party to challenge the economic competence of its predecessors while also allowing it the political space to pursue its ideological obsession with reducing the size of the state.

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Steel Industry Debate in Parliament

On Wednesday 28th October, local MP Jonathan Edwards contributed to the parliamentary debate on the steel industry.  You can read his contribution here.

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It's time for real change - Adam Price at Conference

Former MP Adam Price and Plaid Cymru's Assembly Candidate for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr constituency was back on stage at the party's national conference in Aberystwyth this weekend, delivering a sobering account of the Labour party's record in the Welsh Government.

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Jonathan opposes Tory Trade Union Bill

I rise to oppose the Bill in the strongest terms on behalf of Plaid Cymru. As the son of a retired trade union shop steward and the representative of an area steeped in coal-mining history, I value the role the trade union movement has played in advancing the lives of working people since it was legalised in 1871. It should be remembered that a royal commission in 1867 advocated the legalisation of unions as it would benefit both employees and, crucially, employers.

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Question to the Defence Secretary on Syria

SyriaPlaid Cymru MPs opposed the bombing of Daesh in Iraq, as it was inevitable that operations would have to be extended into Syria, drawing the UK into an intractable civil war. In the light of the proliferation of Daesh and its affiliates throughout the middle east and north Africa, will the Secretary of State concede that the rationale of current UK foreign policy could lead to UK involvement in a war without end across the whole region?

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Contribution to the Queen's Speech debate

Queen Speech 1Jonathan Edwards (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr) (PC): It is a pleasure to take part in this debate and to respond to the Gracious Speech on behalf of Plaid Cymru. It is also a pleasure to follow the right hon. and learned Member for Beaconsfield (Mr Grieve), whose speech I will refer to later in my contribution, especially his very valid points on the Human Rights Act. I would like to begin by congratulating the Conservative party on its victory—it is probably the only positive thing I am going to say about the Government over the next five years, so I thought I had better get it out of the way now.

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