Campaign Responses

Foreign Aid

As you know, the foreign aid budget is set at 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI).  This is the proportion that has been used since 1974, though under David Cameron this was enshrined in law rather than simply being a target.  Since then, the UK has been amongst the top five or six donors interna

Amendment NC17 - Trade Bill

Although I support the objective of the amendment, I opposed it because it was not required and was indeed inappropriate, for two reasons. Firstly, it was completely irrelevant to the Bill and out of scope of it. The Trade Bill that we voted on cannot be used to implement future trade deals.

BAME COVID-19 report

The Health Secretary commissioned Public Health England (PHE) to complete an urgent review on the disparities in risk and outcomes of the Covid-19 pandemic and has now published its findings.

Teaching Black history in schools

I believe it is vital for young people in this country to learn about black history and imperial history. I am therefore pleased that all schools have the freedom to teach it from primary school age onwards, as part of the history curriculum.

Sunday trading laws

While the introduction of shopping slots for key workers and the vulnerable have been welcome, I have raised with colleagues the question of extending Sunday Trading. 

Protecting local and independent newspapers

e have some fantastic independent, local newspapers in South Cambridgeshire, such as The Royston Crow, The Cambourne Crier and the Cambridge Independent. As someone who has had a career in journalism, I appreciate just how important independent newspapers are.  

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

I know that concerns about the supply of medications can be very distressing, so I would like to reassure you that my colleagues in the Department of Health and Social Care are aware of supply issues with some treatments, and they are working closely with suppliers to address the problem.

Coronavirus - Iran

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

Huawei & 5G

I am assured that the Government’s decision on Huawei and other high risk vendors was taken on the basis of national security.

Horse Racing

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is the independent body responsible for regulating the sport of horseracing. It works closely with animal charities across the UK, such as the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare, to ensure that the highest of standards are upheld.

Grooming gangs

I strongly believe that people who abuse children must be stopped, regardless of their race, age, or gender. Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is not exclusive to any single culture, community, race or religion.

Environment Bill

As Chairman for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Environment, this bill being airtight and ensuring that our planet is protected for future generations is of the upmost importance to me and I am working closely with my colleagues on both sides of the House to ensure that it is.

Coronavirus - living costs

The steps we need to take to confront this public health emergency are having a profound effect on our economy. I know that many people now fear losing their jobs, being unable to pay their rent or mortgage and bills.

Beer Duty

In 2013, the Government took the decision to end the beer duty escalator, and beer duty has been frozen or cut several times since then. Duty on spirits has been frozen over the past two years.

Availability of hearing aids on the NHS.

Hearing aids can assist people’s lives immensely – improving the ability to hear speech and giving people more confidence in holding a conversation, and overall help to allow people to live happier, more fulfilling lives.

Air Quality Standards

Poor air quality is the greatest environmental risk to our health. Our air is now cleaner than at any point since the industrial revolution, but there is more work to be done if we are to protect the health of our nation.

Biodiversity in relation to Development

I am pleased that the Environment Bill will enshrine biodiversity net gain into law, meaning the delivery of much-needed infrastructure and housing will not come at the expense of vital biodiversity.

Agriculture Bill & Animal Welfare

The UK has some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world and it is right for us to cement our status as a global leader by continuing to raise the bar. All animals should be subject to the highest possible welfare standards.

Welfare of Gamebirds

I have a high regard for animal welfare, which I am pleased is protected by comprehensive and robust legislation. The Animal Welfare Act 2006 already makes it an offence to cause any unnecessary suffering to any animal, including gamebirds.