Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.

19 SEP 2019

Badger Cull

Thank you for taking the time to email me about badger culling.

The government must be prepared to review evidence about culling, and this should be done in advance of any decision about future culls.

That review should also take account of all the approaches to controlling bTB including biosecurity, TB testing for cattle and the place of PCR tests near badger setts, the role of vaccination for cattle and badgers as well as the availability of vaccine.

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