Campaign Responses

Constituents regularly contact me regarding a range of issues, I always endeavor to respond directly to those who take the time to get in touch as a priority. However, my campaign responses will be published here in due course. If you can't find what you are looking for, or if would like to contact me about a particular campaign, you can do so by visiting my contact page.

Trade Bill (Clause 17) - 23rd July 2020

The House of Commons discussed the Remaining Stages of the Trade Bill on Monday. From there it goes onto the Lords for more scrutiny.

More than 50 amendments were tabled of which one was “New Clause 17”, tabled by the Green MP Caroline Lucas.

Trade Bill Vote - 20th July 2020

I’ve seen a number of misleading or altogether false statements about yesterday’s Trade Bill vote and I think it’s important to clear things up:

Schools reopening after coronavirus

The government have put in place strict social distancing, including the closure of schools for everyone except vulnerable children and the children of critical workers, to slow the spread of the virus so the NHS would not be overwhelmed, and lives could be saved.

US/UK Trade Agreement and Implications for the NHS

Like you, I cherish our National Health Service and its guiding principles: that it is universal and free at the point of need. The Government has been repeatedly clear that our NHS will never be on the table in any trade agreements, a position I fully support.

COVID-19 and Sanctions on Iran

The UK is working with the international community to ensure Iran receives the humanitarian support it needs during this global pandemic.

COVID-19/Road Haulage Campaign

I recognise the real difficulties facing the road haulage sector during the covid-19 crisis.  I also understand that the sector has a vital role to play in the national effort to combat the spread of the disease.

Implications of COVID-19 for the Travel Industry

I fully appreciate constituents' concerns and the seriousness of the situation for the whole UK travel industry, which I recognise is facing real difficulty in light of the coronavirus outbreak.  I have written to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to raise these

Access to Abortion Services during the Coronavirus Pandemic

I completely understand what an incredibly emotive issue this is, and I appreciate the strength of feelings about this issue.  Abortion care is an essential part of care for women, and I can assure you that safeguarding measures remain in place.

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and Coronavirus

I appreciate the concerns that some people have raised at this difficult time regarding motor neurone disease (MND) not having been included on the list of conditions which identify someone as ‘extremely vulnerable’ to Covid-19.

Affordable School Uniforms

I appreciate the points raised by constituents wanting to see a ban on school uniform.  However, it is for the school's governing body to decide whether there should be a school uniform in place.

£10k Coronavirus Fund for MP's Offices

Whilst I understand the initial concerns of some people regarding these measures, I am afraid that I believe these are the result of highly misleading articles in national newspapers. I want to be clear that MPs are not receiving any extra money for working at home.

Investment in Care for Older People Living with Dementia

In 2015, the Challenge on Dementia 2020 was launched, which sets out the vision for dementia care, support, awareness and research to be transformed by 2020.  I fully support the ambition to ensure England offers the world’s best dementia care.

BHF Air Quality Campaign  

I share your concerns and I agree that poor air quality is the greatest environmental risk to our health and even though our air is now cleaner than at any point since the industrial revolution, there is more work to be done if we are to protect the health of our nation. 

Deforestation in Brazil 

Thank you for contacting me about deforestation, food, and the Environment Bill and I appreciate the concerns you have raised. 

Arthritis Care Campaign 

I appreciate your concerns and I appreciate that this can be very painful and debilitating condition. 

Antibiotics in Farming 

Antibiotic resistance is the biggest threat to modern medicine, and we must act now to help keep antibiotics effective for future generations 

Animal Sentience 

First and foremost, I believe animals are sentient beings who can fell pain and suffering and would like to reassure you that strong action is being taken to reduce their risk of harm.   

Ban on Trophy Hunting Imports

I truly believe that as sentient beings who can experience fear and pain, all animals should be treated with thought and care.

BHF Air Quality Campaign  

I share your concerns and I agree that poor air quality is the greatest environmental risk to our health and even though our air is now cleaner than at any point since the industrial revolution, there is more work to be done if we are to protect the health of our nation. 

Northern Rail Franchise  

I share your concerns about the railways, and I shall be campaigning hard to ensure that my constituency is better served by rail providers.  For far too long, millions of rail passengers in the north of England have not had the rail services they deserve and, consequently, have had to put up wit