Campaign Responses

I often 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 guarantee replying to these individually and will therefore posting my responses on this section of my website.

Please also note that I do not sign EDMs. They are costly and rarely ever get debated. I prefer to raise issues of concern directly with the relevant Minister. Please see here for my note on this. 



The UK is a global leader in the fight to protect our seas with our ‘Blue Belt’ of protected waters. I share the concerns about the protection and health of British waters and I am fully aware of the impact that super trawlers have on marine life.

Trade Bill

There has been some concern that the Trade Bill does not offer sufficient protections in some areas especially the NHS, food standards and environmental targets. However I believe that these are already have rigorous protections in place, which I explain below.

Response to campaign emails from teaching unions

The Government is not pursuing its own agenda in dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic.  The truth of the matter is that schools may not be returning on 1st  June, it depends on the scientific evidence. 

Save British Nature

The Environment Bill will place environmental ambition and accountability at the heart of Government. I am pleased that legislative measures will be introduced to address the biggest environmental priorities of our age.

Points based immigration system

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.

The Mental Health Act Review White Paper

Treating and caring for people in a safe, compassionate environment – for both patients and staff – is a top priority for the Government. It is also, as I said during the election, a top priority for me too.  This note is in response to those who have written to me with concerns.

Animals and Animal Sentience

I understand the concerns on this matter. I am proud that the UK has some of the highest standards of animal welfare in the world, and that there is comprehensive legislation to uphold these standards now that  we have formally left the EU.

A&E Waiting Times

I am aware that A&E targets were missed in a number of areas of the country in December.


I am happy to include a link to the Statement made yesterday in Parliament by the Prime Minister indicating that the Government will proceed with HS2 https://hansard.par

Abortion Bill

I would like to start by stating that I recognise that abortion is a sensitive issue. Regardless of where your view lies, it is important that this matter is considered with due care and sensitivity.

SODC Local Plan

The situation with regard to SODC’s continuing ownership of its Local Plan could be easily solved by SODC.  All it needs to do is allow the Plan to continue to examination in public before a Planning Inspector and for the Council to add potentially significant amendments and modifications for the

Environment Bill

I am pleased that the Bill will ensure the environment is at the heart of all policy making and that this and future governments are held to account if they fail to uphold their environmental duties.

The Agriculture Bill

We must use our departure from the European Union to create a green country, where our environmental standards are not only maintained but enhanced.  The Agriculture Bill will enable a balance between food production and the environment which will safeguard our countryside and farming communities

On shore wind

I am very pleased that we have placed clean growth at the heart of Government. Our strategy aims to cut emissions while keeping costs down for consumers and also creating high value jobs and helping to grow the economy.

Grass fed labelling

I would like to assure you that I fully appreciate the importance of grass fed labelling. Consumer confidence is more important in the food and drink industry than in any other industry, and is key to the integrity of the supply chain.

Food Standards

I believe that it is absolutely vital that people across the UK have confidence in the food that they eat.

Trophy Hunting

I truly believe that, as sentient beings who can experience fear and pain, all animals should be treated with thought and care. Trophy hunting involves pursuing an animal in conditions which cause that animal large amounts of stress, fear, and ultimately pain.

Protecting Oceans

Our oceans are currently facing unprecedented challenges.  These include climate change and over-fishing. It also includes the prevalence of plastics. That is why it is more important than ever to take action to ensure our seas are healthy, abundant and resilient.

EU Withdrawal Bill - Unaccompanied Child Refugees

Let me say upfront - there has never been any question over family reunion for unaccompanied child refugees. The issue has been over how this is to be achieved rather than whether it should be achieved. 

Alcohol and Beer Duty

Following the announcement made in the Queen’s Speech in December that alcohol duty will be reviewed, I am confident that that the Government will continue to support pubs and will keep costs low for consumers. After all, in 2013, the Government took the decision to end the beer duty escalator.