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.

20 MAY 2019

Children In Conflict

Thank you for taking the time to email me about children living in war zones.

I understand your concern on this matter and realise you would like to see a new Protection of Civilians Strategy created.

The issue of protecting children in conflict areas was raised in the House last year and in this debate it was highlighted that the UK's aid strategy commits 50% of our aid to fragile states and regions. In such places, protecting children is a policy priority. I hope you will also be pleased to hear that the UK has signed the safe schools declaration, underlining our important political support for the protection of schools during military operations and in armed conflict. You can find out more about this here.

In addition, at the end of last year The Department for International Development announced its commitment to match funding raised through War Child's appeal to support children in the Central African Republic traumatised by war. You can find out more about this via the following links:

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