Westminster News

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. 

Black Lives Matter

Throughout my life I have tried to ensure that discrimination plays no part in society. Any sort of discrimination is unacceptable. The recent violence of the protests in Parliament Square and Whitehall was inappropriate while calls to adhere to the Covid-19 regulations appeared to be too little

Returning to Parliament

This issue of MPs returning to Westminster has caused concern amongst some. As a general principle I think it is right that those MPs who are not vulnerable or self-isolating in this current situation do return and continue the work of scrutinising the Government.

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.

VE Day 75th Anniversary

I know that many communities had planned great celebrations for the commemoration of VE Day and that there is disappointment that we cannot join together for this. However, in true British spirit, many ideas for alternative ways for mark the occasion have come forward.

Top-up to local business grant funds scheme announced

The Business Secretary Alok Sharma has announced a discretionary fund set up to accommodate certain small businesses previously outside the scope of the business grant funds scheme. This is an additional 5% uplift to the £12.33 billion funding previously announced for the Small Business Grants Fu

Animal welfare standards and the UK’s trade policy

I firmly believe that all animals deserve to be respected and cared for throughout their lives As such, I welcome the Government’s clear commitment that future trade agreements will uphold our country’s high animal welfare standards, and also the assurance that these standards will not be watered

Local Electricity Bill

Those interested in how Parliament works will have noted that during the Coronavirus crisis we are doing things in different ways.  One aspect of this is that the number of occasions to put forward new Bills has been reduced.  So it is with the Local Electricity Bill of which I am in favour.