The Government should support “Eve’s Law”

A fortnight ago, Eve Thomas, a woman who was subjected to over 20 years of abuse at the hands of her partner, made the journey to London to talk to me about "Eve's Law".

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Huffington Post Article: More needs to be done to tackle Domestic Violence

Last week, on the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Government announced a new initiative in "Clare's Law".

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My evidence as Shadow Victims Minister to the APPG on Domestic Violence

Thank you to Women’s Aid and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Domestic and Sexual Violence for establishing an enquiry into this important issue, and the continued work that is done to tackle these appalling crimes.

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The House Magazine article: Remembrance of things past

As we look forward to beginning the centenary commemorations of WW1 next year, there will be those who say we should seek to understand the fundamental question of why Britain went to war in the first instance.

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Government 'slap in the face' to South Yorkshire’s innocent victims of crime

Government plans to distribute money for victims and witnesses will see South Yorkshire short-changed by almost £150,000.

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There has been coverage in the media recently about MPs and their expenses.

Some newspapers have published details of claims made by MPs for energy bills. In my case this referred to the accommodation I rent in London.

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Remembrance message 2013

The period of Remembrance gives us a collective focal point to remember.

To remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice – those who lost their lives so that we can enjoy our freedom. It’s as important today as ever it was before.

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Parliamentary speech about plain cigarette packaging

On Thursday 7th November 2013, I spoke in a debate in the House of Commons about plain cigarette packaging. This speech can also be read here.

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Parliamentary debate about commemorations for the 100th year anniversary of WWI

On Thursday 7th November 2013 I led the debate for the Opposition about the commemorations for the 100th anniversary of World War One. Below is the transcript of the transcript of my contribution, which can also be read here.

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Victims of crime deserve more than a code

I hold many memories from the day I was elected to parliament, but I often reflect on a conversation I had in the midst of polling day. I met a woman who had endured the horrific pain of losing her sister - who had been raped and brutally murdered. I remember listening to her describe the profound impact it had on her family and, in her words, the "fog of despair" that engulfed her upon first hearing the tragic news.

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