In Parliament

This page provides you with links to my work in Parliament, as reflected in the official record, Hansard.  You can read the text of all my appearances in Parliament here. You will also find information on the groups I have chaired and the committees I have sat on. Many of my involvements drew on my background in family and children's law, and gave me a bigger voice when representing Crewe & Nantwich constituents on related issues.

Click on the links in each section to see speeches and motions in more detail.

All-Party Parliamentary Groups

Until I was made Minister for Children and Families in September 2012 I was Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) on Adoption & Fostering and on Looked After Children & Care Leavers, Secretary of the APPG for Dairy Farmers, Vice Chairman on the APPG for Runaway Missing Children and Vice Chairman of the APPG on Epilepsy.

Select Committees

As part of my Parliamentary duties I sat on two cross-party committees, the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee and the Joint Committee on Human Rights.

Private Member's Bill

I introduced the following bill to the House of Commons in the 2009/10 session as a result of research I undertook for the successful Nantwich First Responders' campaign.

Ambulance Response Times (Local Reporting) Bill 2009-10

Public Bill Committees

Children & Young Persons Bill (Lords) 2008

I led important parts of the scrutiny and amendment of this bill.

Children, Schools and Families Bill (2009/10)

I achieved important concessions on this Bill regarding the Family Courts.

Early Day Motions

Click here to view EDMs I have tabled and signed since my election. You will need to change the parliamentary session in the drop down menu at the top to view older motions.

How have I voted?

Click here for my voting record.

My recent speeches

You can also view my recent speeches and appearances in Parliament here: