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.

07 NOV 2017

Brexit Impact

Thank you for taking the time to email me.

On the row about publication of sector impact assessments, no one wants to prejudice our negotiating position but it is important for Select Committees to have access to the right information in holding their inquiries on behalf of the public.

Only last week, the Health Select Committee, which I chair, formally called for the four impact studies relevant to health prior to our inquiry into Brexit and health. We do not want to undermine the government negotiating position, we want to do our job in analysing the impact of Brexit on health.

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