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.


28 AUG 2019

Collective Worship

Thank you for taking the time to email me about the National Secular Society's campaign to abolish the law requiring schools to hold collective acts of worship.

Many schools do simply ignore these rules and parents have the right to have their children excused from worship in any state-funded school. You may like to view the guidance for local-authority-maintained schools on providing a daily act of collective worship and you can do so here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/collective-worship-in-schools

You may be interested to know that I also have concerns about the segregation 100% faith schools can create and think we should be moving to increase cohesion and mutual understanding not separate communities by faith.

Realistically, there is not likely to be time in the Parliamentary programme for the law to change in the near future.

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