Planning Reforms

The Local Development Plan for an area is made up of the district council’s Local Plan and relevant Neighbourhood Plans.

John comments on the sentences for the killing of Andrew Harper

The death of PC Andrew Harper left a deep impression on us all. This was a police officer simply doing his duty. It has also shocked the nation. The media reports of the remorseless attitude of the accused whilst awaiting trail and during the trial have added to this.

Nurses Pay

The NHS staff have been phenomenal in their courage fighting Covid-19 and I am thankful that we have access to such a wonderful service.

The Trade Bill

When writing about and reflecting on the Trade Bill, I am conscious that much of the discussion has very little to do with trade or with the Bill itself.  The bulk of the discussion comes down to one thing alone – trust.  Sadly, there is a lack of trust in the Government which is reflected in som

John expresses concern at conviction of human rights defenders in Turkey

Following the recent convictions of the four Turkish human rights defenders - Taner Kılıç, İdil Eser, Günal Kuşun and Özlem Dalkıran - in the so-called Büyükada trial, the rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Alexandra Louis (France, ALDE), Thomas Hammarberg (

Trade and Agriculture Commission to be set up

The Secretary of State for Internatianl Development has announced that a Trade and Agriculture Commission will be set up to advise the Government on trade policy post Brexit. 

Post Office Horizon System

The problems with the Post Office Horizon software is an issue that John has been aware of since becoming an MP when a constituent who had been involved in the situation briefed him. Since then he has joined colleagues to try to get to the bottom of the issue.

British Food Standards

There has been some concern that British food standards might be reduced in future trade deals. I think this may come from a mis-understanding of the Agriculture Bill in the media.