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. 

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.