Campaign Responses

Disability Employement

The number of disabled people in work increased by 1.34 million between July-September 2013 and July-September 2019, and the disability employment gap fell by almost six percentage points.

WASPI

Pension Credit is intended to provide support for economically inactive pensioner households. It is not intended to support working age claimants. As such, I do not believe any changes to Pension Credit are planned to provide support to those who are yet to reach State Pension age.

Abortion in Northern Ireland

I welcome the action the Government has taken to meet its legal obligation and introduce the abortion framework for Northern Ireland. The Government was placed under a statutory duty to deliver abortion law for Northern Ireland by implementing the recommendations of the CEDAW report.

Transgender Rights

I am fully committed to achieving equality across all aspects of our society, including for the LGBT community and transgender people.

Ethnicity Pay Gap

I want to reassure you that I take pay gaps very seriously and I know that my colleagues in government are working to address this issue. To achieve this, most importantly, we must ensure that everybody has equal access to opportunities.

 

Free School Meals over the Summer

I understand that parents across the country are going through particularly difficult and stressful times. We have never had a period of disruption like this and I know parents and children alike will be longing for a return to normality.

 

Grenfell and Cladding

The Grenfell Tower fire was one of the worst tragedies this nation has experienced in many years. It is impossible to comprehend what those affected by the fire have had to deal with. The Government must ensure that those affected continue to receive the support they both need and deserve.

Statement on Protests

In this country we have a long-standing tradition that people can gather together and demonstrate, and the right to protest peacefully is a fundamental part of our democracy.

 

Coronavirus - BAME

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.

Sunday Trading Times

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

 

Water Aid

Thank you for contacting me about water, sanitation and hygiene in developing countries and the WaterAid briefing event.

 

Shukri Yahye-Abdi

The death of Shukri was tragic and deeply distressing. My thoughts continue to be with her family and friends at this difficult time.

 

Conversion Therapy

The suggestion that being LGBT can be “cured” is both morally and medically wrong and the concept of conversion therapy has no place in our society. Being lesbian, gay or bisexual is not an illness to be treated or cured.

 

Public Statues

I understand the strength of feeling on this issue and, naturally, I support the right to peacefully protest within the law. The recent show of solidarity against racism has been outstanding. We should not let the actions of a few detract from that fact.

 

Innigration detention

I understand your concerns regarding this issue and I welcome this opportunity to provide some further clarity.

 

Domestic Abuse Bill

The Government has continued to take action to combat these abhorrent crimes by significantly strengthening our laws and introducing new tools to protect victims.

Black history being taught in school

I believe it is vital for young people in this country to learn about Black 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.

Proxy voting during Covid-19

I appreciate your concern for those Members who are still shielding being able to vote. I can assure you that I did not vote for anyone to lose their ability to vote remotely.

 

Local Electricity Bill

I believe distributed generation may have a role to play a part in a smarter, more efficient energy system and small scale low-carbon technologies should have a level playing field as the market for smarter services evolves.

 

Homelessness

I firmly believe that just one person without a roof over their head is one too many, and it is vitally important that the most vulnerable people in society, including homeless people and rough sleepers, are helped to get their lives back on track.

 

Domestic and sexual violence

The Government has continued to take action to combat these abhorrent crimes by significantly strengthening our laws and introducing new tools to protect victims.

COVID-19 and transport staff, specifically Belly Mujinga

My sincere condolences go to the family of Belly Mujinga and other families like them who have lost loved during this crisis. It’s important for us to keep our transport system going but so is the need to protect transport staff.

 

Points-Based Immigration Scheme

When people voted to leave the EU, they did so in the knowledge that the free movement system imposed by the EU would end. The Home Secretary has been clear that she has a particular responsibility to take back control and bring an end to free movement once and for all.

Trade Deals and Food Standards

It is vital that people across the UK have confidence in the food that they eat, which is why I welcome the Government’s very clear commitment that future trade agreements must uphold our country’s high food standards.

Animal Sentience

I am proud that the UK has some of the highest standards of animal welfare in the world. There is comprehensive legislation to uphold these standards, as well as guidance on how best to protect the welfare of specific animals living on farms, such as hens, pigs and cattle.

NHS & Trade Agreements

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.

 

Corona Virus

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has announced strengthened legal powers to bolster public health protections against coronavirus.

Young People’s Mental Health

It is incredibly important to protect and support the health of children and young people in our society. In recent years we have made huge progress in understanding mental health issues, and I support efforts to transform children and young people’s mental health for the better.

 

End Rough Sleeping

I firmly believe that just one person without a roof over their head is one too many, and it is important that the most vulnerable people in society are helped to get their lives back on track.

End Deforestation in our food

It is tremendously important to protect the world’s rainforests, so I am pleased action is being taken to stop deforestation.

Caroline Flack / Press Regulation

I believe that a vibrant, open and free press that is able to hold the powerful to account is vital to our democracy. Balanced against this it is not unreasonable to expect the press to act with understanding in relation to sensitive personal stories.

Protecting Children from Abuse Online

The internet has become an integral part of our lives. Whilst being online can be a hugely positive experience for children, we have to be alive to the dangers.

Environment Bill

As set out in the 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment, the decision to leave the European Union has created an historic opportunity to deliver a Green Brexit, where environmental standards are not only maintained but enhanced.

 

Buffer Zones around Abortion Clinics

This country has a proud history of allowing free speech but the right to peaceful protest does not extend to harassment or threatening behaviour. The law already provides protection against harassment and intimidation, and the police have a range of powers to manage protests.

Whip in Horseracing

I believe that the irresponsible use of the whip is completely unacceptable. The British Horseracing Association (BHA), the governing and regulatory body for the sport, requires that whips used in horse racing must be used responsibly, for safety reasons and only to encourage the horse.

Preventing Child Deaths

The UK is a leader on global health. I gladly welcome the Secretary of State for International Development's announcement that the UK will step up efforts to end preventable deaths of mothers, new-born babies and children in the developing world by 2030.

 

Blood Cancer

Early diagnosis of blood cancers can be difficult with symptoms, for example back pain, bruising, or tiredness, often misdiagnosed. That is why I am glad that guidance for clinicians on diagnosing blood cancer has been set out by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Windrush

Commonwealth citizens, like the Windrush generation, are a unique group who have built their life here and have contributed enormously to our country. I do not want anyone to be in any doubt about their right to remain here. 

 

Women’s State Pension Age (WASPI)

The Pensions Act 1995 legislated to equalise the State Pension age, and the Pensions Act 2011 accelerated this equalisation. The 2011 Act included also transitional arrangements limiting State Pension age delays.

 

TV Licences for over 75s

The BBC’s decision to stop funding free TV licences for all over 75s from June 2020 is very disappointing. I recently stood on a manifesto that made clear that the BBC should do the right thing and fund TV licences for over 75s.

 

Trophy Hunting

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

Medical Cannabis

There is strong scientific evidence that cannabis can harm people’s mental and physical health, and damage communities.

Friends of the Earth Campaign

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges we face, and I can assure you that I recognise the importance and urgency of public debate on this issue.

Fox Hunting

I appreciate the strong feelings many people have on this issue and I share your concern for ensuring the welfare of animals.

Climate Change – General Govt Action

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges we face, and I can assure you that I recognise the importance and urgency of public debate on this issue.

Child Refugees – Lord Dubs Amendment

I continue to believe strongly that we need to do all we can to help the world’s most vulnerable people. I agree with the words of the Archbishop of Canterbury who said that the resettlement of thousands of vulnerable refugees over the last four years is something the UK can be proud of.

Australian Bushfires

The Prime Minister, the Foreign Secretary and the Minister for the Commonwealth, the UN and South Asia have been in contact with their Australian counterparts to offer condolences and stress the UK’s readiness to help.

Assisted Dying

Thank you for contacting me about assisted suicide and for bringing the debate held on 23rd January to my attention. Unfortunately, due to prior diary commitments I was unable to attend, however a member of my team went on my behalf to represent me and my constituents.

 

Animal Welfare Sentencing

There is no place in this country for animal cruelty, and we must ensure that those who abuse animals are met with the full force of the law.

Child Marriage in the UK

Ending child, early and forced marriage must remain a high priority: it is shocking that more than 700 million girls and women alive today were married as children.

Help Protect the Oceans

Oceans are currently facing unprecedented challenges, including climate change and over-fishing. It is more important than ever to take action to ensure our seas are healthy, abundant and resilient.

 

Clean Air in Hertford and Stortford

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.

 

Alzheimer’s Society / Dementia Care

I can assure you that dementia is a priority for the Government. In 2015, the Challenge on Dementia 2020 was launched, and I know that the Government remains committed to delivering this. This sets out the vision for dementia care, support, awareness, and research to be transformed by 2020.

Agriculture Bill

Food and farming are the bedrock of our economy and environment, generating £112 billion a year and helping shape some of our finest habitats and landscapes.

Smart Motorways

It is essential that people feel safe and indeed are safe on smart motorways, and road safety remains an absolute priority for the Government.

 

St Mungo’s Rough Sleeping

I firmly believe that just one person without a roof over their head is one too many, and it is important that the most vulnerable people in society are helped to get their lives back on track.