Westminster News

Government Statement on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The NHS is well prepared to deal with incidents like the current Coronavrius outbreak. In addition, the Government has set out a clear path to ensure that the public is protected.

Airspace Modernisation

Like road and rail infrastructure, the invisible infrastructure in our skies needs to be updated if we are to keep Britain moving.

Energy Efficiency in Building

John joined in the Westminster Hall debate today on energy efficiency in building to achieve net zero. 

Oxford-Cambridge Expressway Drop in

John attended the drop-in organised by the No Expressway lobby group in Parliament today to hear more of the concerns being expressed. Today much of the focus was on proposed housing across the Arc. 

Justice Week 2020

Justice Week 2020 aims to improve access to justice by boosting the profile of justice and the rule of law. John attended the Parliamentary drop-in to find out more. 

This year the week is focusing on promoting greater awareness to young people to help them understand:

Online safety for children

On Safer Internet Day (11th February) John joined with more than 1,000 schools, charities, and businesses to pledge their support for making the internet a safer place for children and young people.

Council of Europe January Session

I have just returned from a week at the Council of Europe where I represent the UK on the Parliamentary Assembly.  This body becomes more important after Brexit as it is the main body for UK parliamentarians to engage with parliamentarians from 46 other European countries.  There were a number of

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.

Holocaust Memorial Day

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day, where we remember the 6 million Jewish people murdered in the Holocaust, and all other victims of the Nazis.

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.