Campaign Responses

I often receive dozens of campaign emails from constituents concerned about a huge variety of issues. These emails have very similar wording and are generated via third party websites. 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 be posting my thoughts and views on these issues in this section of my website. This is for practical purposes and does not reflect the seriousness with which I consider issues raised. 

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. 

Vaccine Passports

I have received a number of emails about vaccine passports, or Covid-status certification. Let me say at the beginning that passports of this type need to be looked at from two angles; first, for international travel, and, secondly, for domestic uses. The former is largely outside our control in

Changes in the Asylum System

Immigration has always been a hot topic. We have taken back control of our legal immigration system by ending free movement and introducing a new points-based system, but we must address illegal immigration in order to properly control our borders and prevent further loss of life.

Kill the Bill - Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

There have long been calls for greater power for police and stiffer sentences in relation to  some crimes and activities. At one end of the spectrum, the death of PC Andrew Harper shocked the nation and led to calls for stiffer sentencing.

Supertrawlers

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.