Campaign Responses

YMCA Manifesto Launch

My ministerial colleagues and I recognise that young people can be particularly impacted by the cost of living.

Online Scams and Fraud

It is completely unacceptable that predatory criminals take money out of the pockets of hard working people, businesses, and organisations, callously targeting the most vulnerable, online and in their homes.

Whitehall Facilities Staff Pay

First and foremost, I am extremely grateful to all those who work in the facilities across the Government estate. They do crucial work, which I and my colleagues are very thankful for.

End Frozen Pensions

The UK State Pension is payable worldwide and is uprated abroad where there is a legal requirement to do so. In most overseas countries, however, there is no agreement with the UK for securing the social security rights of people moving between the two countries.

Horizon IT scandal and the Post Office

As I am sure you will appreciate, a number of my constituents have raised this issue with me so in the interests of transparency and completeness, I thought it best to provide you with my overall views on this most serious and complex issue.

Farmers and Food Retailers

I would like to assure you that the Government is committed to working with businesses and organisations across the food supply chain, including farmers, manufacturing and distribution businesses and retailers, to ensure that we have a thriving food sector in the UK.

Local Government Procurement

You are right to raise the importance of effective procurement across local government. With more than a third of all UK Government spending on goods and services being spent by local government, it is crucial that the system is transparent and that taxpayers’ interests are protected. 

Homelessness

I share your belief that one person without a roof over their head is one too many. I read Shelter’s recent manifesto with interest, and I recognise the cross-government approach required to tackle homelessness. 

Fairness in the Farming Sector

I would like to assure you that the Government is committed to working with businesses and organisations across the food supply chain, including farmers, manufacturing and distribution businesses and retailers, to ensure that we have a thriving food sector in the UK.

International Health Regulations

The International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) are a key part of the global health security system to prevent, protect against, control and provide a public health response to the international spread of disease.

Voter Identification

A secure electoral system is vital to a healthy democracy, and the public must have confidence that our elections are secure and fit for the 21st century. I believe asking voters to bring photographic identification to their polling station is an important way of achieving this. 

Criminal Appeal (Amendment) Bill

I welcome that the number of young people in custody is at an historic low, with the number of under-18s in custody having fallen by 77 per cent in the past decade.