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. 

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.

Comment on the Agriculture Bill

A number of people claim that the Agriculture Bill sets out to reduce animal welfare and food standards. This is a misunderstanding of the Bill.

Response regarding Dominic Cummings

In the last few days I have received a number of emails about Dominic Cummings. I regret that I am no longer able to give a personalised reply to everyone which I trust people will understand.

John calls for the release of Osman Kavala following court decision

In his role as a monitor for Turkey on behalf of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) John and his PACE colleague Thomas Hammarberg (Sweden) have commented on the decision of the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights to reject the appeal brought by the Turkish

Coming out of Lockdown

A few weeks ago Ministers were working flat out to bring forward measures to try to keep us all safe and to help people in the very many different situations faced with the onset of COVID-19 in the UK.