Campaign Responses

Every day, I receive dozens of campaign emails from constituents concerned about a huge variety of national issues. 

While individual constituency enquiries will be answered by email or letter, due to the vast increase in the volume of campaign emails now being generated I can no longer reply to these individually, and am therefore posting my responses on this section of my website.

Statues and demonstrations

The statue of Winston Churchill in Parliament Square is a permanent reminder of his achievement in saving this country – and the whole of Europe – from a fascist and racist tyranny.

Easing restriction on angling

The outbreak of the coronavirus has had a significant effect on communities across the country. The restrictions that had been put in place to reduce the spread of the virus have changed our way of life, but I believe that the British people have adapted to them with courage and fortitude.

Mobile Coverage

I am sorry to hear that you have struggled to get mobile coverage in your area. This is a concern I share personally, and I have raised this both with the Digital Minister personally and in the House of Commons.

Coronavirus: Travel industry

I fully appreciate your concerns and the seriousness of the situation for the whole UK travel industry, which I recognise is facing real difficulty in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

Abortion

I completely understand what an incredibly emotive issue this is, and I appreciate the strength of feelings on both sides.

Maternity Care

I agree that every woman and their baby should receive personalised, high quality care. One of the key commitments in the NHS Long Term Plan (LTP) published in January 2019 is to make the NHS one of the safest places in the world to give birth.

Coronavirus: PPE

I would like to reassure you that ensuring our frontline staff are properly protected is of paramount importance to me, and to my colleagues on all sides of Parliament.

Pensions Dashboard (Pensions Bill)

The Government has worked closely with the pensions, financial services and consumer community to rebuild the UK’s pension savings culture. 

Coronavirus: Food

Thank you for contacting me about the availability of food during the outbreak of Covid-19.

Onshore Wind

I am pleased that the United Kingdom has been the first major economy to legislate for net zero carbon emissions and is succeeding in reducing these while creating high value jobs and growing the economy. 

Points-Based Immigration

When people voted to leave the EU, they did so in the knowledge that the free movement system imposed by the EU would end. The Home Secretary has been clear that she has a particular responsibility to take back control and bring an end to free movement once and for all.

Abortion in Northern Ireland

I appreciate the strength of feeling about the issue of abortion and I welcome the balanced and sensitive approach the Government has taken.  As the Northern Ireland Executive was not restored by 21 October 2019, it remained the UK Government’s legal obligation under section 9 of the Northern Ire

Local Electricity Bill

I believe distributed generation may have a role to play a part in a smarter, more efficient energy system and small scale low-carbon technologies should have a level playing field as the market for smarter services evolves. 

EU Transition Period

The UK left the EU on 31 January. A transition period has followed during which market access remains the same and the UK and EU are negotiating an agreement on their future relationship.

Air Quality

I fully agree that poor air quality is the greatest environmental risk to our health. Our air is now cleaner than at any point since the industrial revolution, but there is more work to be done if we are to protect the health of our nation.

General Licences (Farming)

I understand the concerns that you have raised regarding general licensing for the control of wild birds. I am pleased, however, that six general licences have now been reissued on a temporary basis ahead of new licences coming into force on 1 August 2020.

Support for Farmers (Agriculture Bill)

Food and farming is a bedrock of our economy and environment, in the UK generating £112 billion a year and helping shape some of our finest habitats and landscapes.

Off-Payroll Working Rules (IR35)

Flexible labour plays an important role in the UK economy. The option to work through an intermediary, including a company, helps support this labour market’s flexibility.

Coronavirus: Airlines

The aviation sector is important to the UK economy, and like other sectors of the economy it will be able to draw upon the unprecedented package of measures that the Chancellor has announced to support businesses through the coronavirus outbreak.

Food Standards & Trade

It is vital that people across the UK have confidence in the food that they eat, which is why I welcome the Government’s very clear commitment that future trade agreements must uphold our country’s high food standards.

Grooming Gangs

People who abuse children must be stopped, regardless of their race, age, or gender. Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is not exclusive to any single culture, community, race or religion. It happens in all areas of the country and can take many different forms.

Mental Health Policy

I agree with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care that while it is hugely welcome that we are on the road to parity of esteem, there is still more to do.

Animals as Sentient Beings

First and foremost, I believe animals are sentient beings who can feel pain and suffering, and I would like to reassure you that strong action is being taken to reduce their risk of harm.

Caged Farm Animals

I am proud that the UK has some of the highest standards of animal welfare in the world and the Government has made it clear that it places great importance on the welfare of farmed animals.

Agriculture Bill – animal welfare standards in trade policy

All animals deserve to be respected and cared for throughout their lives, so I welcome the Government’s clear commitment that future trade agreements will uphold our country’s high animal welfare standards. These standards will not be watered down in pursuit of any trade deal.