Westminster News

Senior Tory warns Osborne against Autumn Statement pension tax relief reform.

Mark Sands, writing for Money Marketing, “A newly-appointed Government whip has warned Chancellor George Osborne against returning to controversial pension tax relief reforms in the Autumn Statement.Conservative MP Guto Bebb was appointed a whip this weekend in changes following the resignation of Work and Pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith.Speaking to Money Marketing before the appointment, Bebb said he was one of the Conservative backbenchers who pressured Osborne to delay reforms to tax relief.

Belu Water and Parliament support WaterAid.

Aberconwy MP Guto Bebb was impressed to hear how Belu Water and Parliament are working together to support WaterAid.  Belu Water is the UK’s only carbon neutral bottled water company.

S4C News: Guto Bebb promoted to Under Secretary of State for Wales

S4C News, 19 March 2016  19:18“Three Welsh MPs have been promoted, following the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith.  Preseli Pembrokeshire MP Stephen Crabb is the new Work and Pensions Secretary, Alun Cairns is the Welsh Secretary and Guto Bebb is his deputy.” 

BBC 1 Wales News: Guto Bebb promoted to Under Secretary of State for Wales

BBC 1 Wales News, 19 March 2016  18:28“Alun Cairns will have to see through some major government commitments on infrastructure and big changes to the way that devolution works.  The final change is that the Aberconwy MP Guto Bebb will become a Wales Office Minister, an appointment the UK Government hopes will help deal with complaints that the North is too often ignored.”

BBC Radio Wales News: Guto Bebb promoted to Under Secretary of State for Wales

BBC Radio Wales News, 19 March 2016  12:01“This morning the Prime Minister named Mr. Crabb’s replacement.  Alun Cairns, the MP for the Vale of Glamorgan, takes over as the new Welsh Secretary, the Aberconwy MP Guto Bebb has been named as the Under Secretary of State at the Wales Office and a Government whip.”

National Wildlife Crime Unit funding protected until 2020.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Environmental and Rural Affairs, Rory Stewart MP, has made a written statement confirming that HM Government has committed to fund the National Wildlife Crime Unit until 2020.  Aberconwy MP Guto Bebb commented, “I am pleased to hear the Government is committing to fund this important police unit.  Whether it’s poaching, hunting endangered species or trading in ivory or tortoiseshell, wildlife crime can have a profound impact at home in the UK and abroad as well.” 

Court dismisses Barclays and KPMG swaps case.

Marion Dakers, writing for the Telegraph online, “Lawyers for the victim of a mis-sold interest rate swap are preparing an appeal after losing a legal challenge to Barclays’ compensation scheme.Holmcroft Properties brought a judicial review of parts the bank’s redress programme last year after it was offered £500,000 in compensation but not paid for the loss of several properties when its payments under a rate swap ballooned as interest rates fell.After a series of hearings, the High Court judges found that while KPMG was hired to oversee Barclays’ redress scheme at the request of the regulator, it was not carrying out a public role and so could not be the subject of a judicial review…Guto Bebb, the MP for Aberconwy who has campaigned for victims of mis-sold swaps, said the Holmcroft ruling “further illustrates the failures of the FCA's review into the behaviour of the bank”.“There is a real risk that if this case is concluded here, the banks will take it as permission to return to the unsavoury practices that caused so much damage to so many small businesses.”