November 21, 2018

Standing up for Human Rights

Human rights defenders come under attack everday as your Member of Parliament I do my best to raise their cases. As Human Rights Watch have noted, human rights are under threat across the world from both traditional authoritarian regimes like Saudi Arabia and new authoritarians who bolster their power by demonizing and attacking minorities like Durente in the Philippines or Donald Trump in …

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November 16, 2018

Killing of Protestors in Gaza

I have been horrified by slaughter of children, women and men by the Israeli Defence Force in Gaza. I have publicly condemned the actions of the IDF on the instructions of the Israeli government. I wrote to the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on the 31st March demanding to know why he had remained silent on the atrocities that weekend and what action the UK …

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November 16, 2018

The BBC and the Israel – Palestine Conflict

I get emails from people who support both sides of the Israel – Palestine conflict alleging that the BBC is biased against “their” side and minimising violence by the other side. This reflects the importance of this issue and the deep emotions on both sides of the debate concerning the ongoing violence, injury and death. It is not for me as a …

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November 16, 2018

Envrionmental Protections as We Leave the European Union

I am deeply concerned about what leaving the European Union will do to our environment and I will work to ensure that environmental legislation is not weakened. I have written a letter to Michael Gove MP, the Environment Secretary, looking for reassurances that the Government will not abandon the targets for water quality set out in the EU Water Framework …

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November 13, 2018

Horse Tethering

A lot of people have emailed in about the issue of horse tethering so I would like to take a moment to set out what I have been doing on this important issue. I have raised this issue with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Secretary of State Michael Gove. I asked the below question; “… …

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November 5, 2018

Asylum Seekers Working

I strongly support the campaign to relax this unnecessary and unhelpful restriction on asylum seekers working in the United Kingdom. Labour’s position is that all people seeking asylum who have waited six months for a resolution on their asylum application should be able to work, unrestrained by the Home Office shortage occupation list. I provide extensive support, with my constituency office team, to people seeking asylum on a daily basis and I hold a …

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October 31, 2018

The Pensions Dashboard

Lots of people have spoken to me about how worried they are about the “Pensions Dashboard”. This scheme was meant to be a Government run website that would let you access all of your pension data in one place. Before Parliament went into recess the Department for Work and Pensions Minister Esther McVey gave her statement on the future of …

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October 31, 2018

Bad Budget for Solar Power

The budget was another disappointing day for the solar industry in Britain and those who want to prevent the environmental catastrophe engulfing the planet. I wrote to Greg Clark the Business Secretary prior to the budget, opposing the Government’s proposals but the Government has not only gone ahead with  ending the Feed-In Tariff next April, but in a surprise move …

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October 19, 2018

Decriminalising Abortion

A lot of constiuents have contacted me about the decriminalisation of abortion and the Ten Minute Rule Bill that will be heard in the Commons on 23rd October 2018. I can confirm that I will be voting for this bill and that I support the decriminalisation of abortion. In March 2017 Diana Johnson MP introduced a Bill to the House …

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October 18, 2018

Universal Credit Debate

A lot of constituents have emailed me about the dreadful shambles of Universal Credit. I have already been assisting constituents who’ve had their payments cut or removed entirely under the new system in a very unfair way.   The Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey has now been forced to admit that under the changes some people will be significantly worse off despite disgraceful efforts to gag charities like Citizens Advice …

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