July 25, 2016

Attorney General Questions – July

Since the EU referendum result there has been a resounding silence from the Government on whether they will keep the workplace and employment protections that EU law has developed and underpinned in the UK for many years. Our right not to be discriminated against on grounds of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religious belief and age is there because of …

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June 24, 2016

Trial of Thomas Mair – Guidelines on Contempt of Court

Yesterday, along with my colleague and Shadow Attorney General, Karl Turner MP, I circulated this advice and guidance on avoiding risk of contempt of court, to fellow MPs and members of the House of Lords. I would ask anyone who uses social media and publishes blogs to please read it carefully and bear it in mind. Thank you. “It is clear to …

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May 26, 2016

Funding for the Serious Fraud Office – My Question to the Attorney General

This morning at Attorney General Questions I pressed the Government to look at the way the Serious Fraud Office is funded. In my role as Shadow Solicitor General I asked Jeremy Wright, The Attorney General, about a report from HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate, published this week, which found that the current funding model for the Serious Fraud Office does not …

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April 15, 2016

Attorney General Questions – Tax Evasion

On Thursday 14th April I questioned Attorney General Jeremy Wright over the Government’s poor performance to date on tackling and suing tax evaders in the UK. The Panama Papers came to the surface earlier this month and shone a light on the murky world of offshore tax avoidance and evasion. In the space of just over a week, Labour has forced …

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March 15, 2016

The Investigatory Powers Bill

Today the Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB) will be debated in the House of Commons for the first time. This is called the “second reading” and is the first of a number of stages.  The table below shows how the IPB will have to work its way through each stage in Parliament before it becomes law.  I support the principle of legislation that …

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February 25, 2016

Speaking Up for Victims of Sexual Assault and Rape at Attorney General Questions

Speaking up for victims of sexual assault and rape at Attorney General Questions On Thursday 25th February I questioned the Solicitor General Robert Buckland MP on the failings of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in delivering a adequate level of care for victims. In its latest thematic review of Rape and Serious Sexual Offence units, Her Majesty’s Chief Prosecution Service Inspectorate …

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January 14, 2016

Appointment as Shadow Solicitor General

This week I have accepted the position as Shadow Solicitor General. The role of Shadow Solicitor General involves providing support to the Shadow Attorney General on civil litigation and advice on civil law matters and on the public interest function. I will be combining my Shadow Justice Ministerial post with that of Shadow Solicitor General. Prior to my election in …

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January 14, 2016

I Ask My First Question from the Despatch Box on Conviction Rates for Rape, Sexual Offences and Domestic Abuse

Today in my new role as Shadow Solicitor General I questioned the Solicitor General, Robert Buckland MP, on conviction rates for rape, sexual offences and domestic abuse. I asked the Solicitor General whether the UK Government will legislate with a Violence against Women and Girls Bill similar to that passed by the Welsh Assembly in 2015. The full text of the …

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