FIRSTLY I hope all readers enjoyed a restful and peaceful Easter weekend. I joined worshippers at Llandaff Cathedral on Easter Sunday for the morning service, which included an inspiring sermon.

I also took the opportunity to catch up with friends and family over the long weekend, which was a real pleasure for me after what has been an incredibly busy few months in Westminster.

Parliament is now in recess for two weeks, which means the current round of Parliamentary business – from debates in the Chamber, formal questions to ministers, and work on numerous committees including my own work on the Home Affairs Select Committee – is on hold.

However, the preparatory work for the forthcoming parliamentary session continues throughout recess, and particularly as we head towards what are increasingly crucial times in the Brexit negotiations and process.

Readers will know my views on this, and my very serious concerns about the direction in which the Government is taking us, rushing headlong towards a hard and reckless Brexit.

Their own analysis shows that every single Brexit scenario will lead to more austerity, more borrowing, and more damage to our economy, jobs and businesses. The price for that will be deregulation, and the scrapping of human rights, environmental rights and labour rights – so many of the things we have worked so hard to achieve over decades.

I will continue to speak out on this, and to keep telling it like it is so that the public get a true understanding of what is happening.

Work in the constituency also continues as normal during recess, and my office remains available to help wherever we can.

On that note, I’d like to let readers know that the constituency office has moved over the Easter weekend, and we have a new telephone number – 02922 677 904 (although it may take a couple of days to get everything connected).

Of course you can continue to email me as usual at or contact me via social media. You can also write to me at Office of Stephen Doughty MP, Regus House, Falcon Drive, Cardiff Bay, CF10 4RU.

If you wish to make an appointment you must contact the office in advance by telephone or email for details of surgery dates.

And of course you can continue to get in touch with my Westminster office by writing to House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA, or by calling 0207 219 5348.