Policy issues

You can read about my view on a variety of policy issues here. Posts are organised in date order, so if an issue is current then you're more likely to find it at the top. Or you can search using subject areas.


Modern Slavery

Modern slavery is a crime that is devastating to the lives of its victims, and usually affects the most vulnerable members of society.

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Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary

The protection of our planet and the sustainability of the natural world is vitally important. The world we leave to our children will be a reflection of our own generation’s stewardship of the planet.

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Putting People at the Heart of Planning

Whilst it is important that we build more homes and tackle the housing crisis, this must be balanced against the need to protect our natural heritage. I do not believe that housing development should be done at the expense of green belt land when other alternatives exist.

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Social Care

We are facing a national crisis in our social care system. The reality is that funding is simply not keeping pace with demand.

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Heathrow expansion

I voted in favour of Heathrow expansion and the building of a third runway. I would like to take this opportunity to set out my reasons for doing so.

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East Coast Mainline

The ability of private franchises to provide a good quality service has yet again been called into question with the introduction of a new rail timetable which has reduced services and has caused major disruptions across the north of England.

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NHS funding

The NHS was one of the proudest achievements of the Labour Party and it is has always fallen to Labour to preserve and strengthen it.

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Animal cruelty offences

The current sentencing guidelines for animal cruelty offences are too lenient and not currently in line with those in other countries. We need to be clear that animal cruelty will not be tolerated by raising the maximum sentence for these appalling crimes.

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European Union: Brexit & Article 50

I will be voting to trigger Article 50 when the vote comes before Parliament. People in my constituency voted to leave the European Union and I will respect that verdict. Whilst I welcome the fact that Parliament will be properly scrutinising the Brexit negotiation process, I will not be attempting to overturn the result of the referendum.

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Social Security & Pensions: The WASPI Campaign

The WASPI campaign was set up in response to the Government’s proposed changes to the state pension age for women. Because of those changes, many women born in the 1950s will find themselves significantly worse off unless transitional arrangements are put in place to support them.

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