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 MAR 2019

Commonwealth Armed Forces

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me about ending visa fees for commonwealth armed forces personnel.

I understand your position on this matter and firstly I am glad that the need for Commonwealth citizens to have lived in the UK for five years before applying for service has been removed.

I know  the Royal British Legion have written to immigration minister, Caroline Nokes calling for visa fees for commonwealth armed forces personnel and their immediate families to be scrapped and in the first instance, I would be interested to see her response.

In addition, the Home Office does review visa fees each year and I am aware that the government is

committed to upholding their obligations under the Armed Forces Covenant, to ensure that no one who is serving, or who has served, or their family members are disadvantaged as a result of their service.

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