Campaign Responses

Every day I receive dozens of campaign emails from constituents concerned about a huge variety of national issues. It is important for me to prioritise the urgent casework and personal concerns of my constituents, I have therefore made it my policy not to respond individually to email campaigns. Instead, I will aim to post my responses on this section of my website.

Black Lives Matter

I totally understand the anger and grief that is felt not just in America but here in the UK in response to the killing of George Floyd. I also support the right to protest lawfully and in accordance with the current rules on social distancing.

NHS Migrant Surcharge

I believe that overseas visitors should be able to access our NHS as long as they make a fair contribution, just as the British taxpayer does.

International Trade: 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.

Transport: HS2

The economy and life of North Wales are critically dependent upon its East-West links. For business, tourism, leisure, international travel, higher education, specialist health care and much more.

International Trade: US-UK Trade

Many people have concerns about standards in future trade agreements, the scrutiny of such agreements, and investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanisms. Such concerns are unfounded.

 

Foreign Policy: Iran Sanctions

I am pleased that the UK is working with the international community to ensure Iran receives the humanitarian support it needs during this global pandemic.

Defence: Trident

I believe it is absolutely vital that we maintain a continuous independent nuclear deterrent as the ultimate guarantee of our national security.

Digital, Culture, Media & Sport: Media 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.

Home Office: Points Based Immigration System

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.

Home Office: 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. 

Health and Social Care: Trade and the NHS

I cherish our National Health Service and its guiding principles: that it is universal and free at the point of need.  Indeed as a former nurse and social worker, I have a deep attachment to our NHS.

Health and Social Care: Dementia

As a former nurse and social worker, I know only too well the difficulties that patients and families experience when his with this terrible illness. In 2015, the Challenge on Dementia 2020 was launched and I know that the Government remains committed to delivering this.

Enviroment, Food & Rural Affairs: Enviroment 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.

Enviroment, Food & Rural Affairs: Air Quality

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.

Foreign Policy: Persecution of Christians

The UK has always championed freedom of religion or belief for everyone. As a country that has always been a beacon for freedom and tolerance, I passionately believe the UK should not shirk its responsibilities.

Foreign Policy: Bahrain

Human rights and democracy are fundamental to the values the UK champions on the world stage. That is why I am glad Bahrain is a human rights priority country for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

Foreign Policy: Anti-semitism

Free speech is vital to the independence and innovation that embodies higher education, but no student should face discrimination, harassment or racism, including anti-semitism.

Treasury: Beer Duty

In 2013, the Government took the decision to end the beer duty escalator, and beer duty has been frozen or cut several times since then. Duty on spirits has been frozen over the past two years.

Treasury: Stop the Service Charge

I welcome the fact that Commonwealth citizens, including Gurkhas, are exempt from immigration control under the Immigration Act 1971, throughout their service.