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.


24 SEP 2018

CSW Toolkit

Thank you for taking the time to email me about Freedom of Religion and Belief (FoRB) and the CSW drop in event next month, I will endeavour to attend.

I hope the following information on this topic from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is reassuring:

The United Kingdom is an open and respectful society which values people's freedom to be themselves, and practise their religion or belief, without fear, prejudice or persecution. But, we must never be complacent, be it at home or abroad, in rooting out intolerance and standing up and defending the right of freedom of religion and belief (FoRB) for all.
It is hard to comprehend that today we still see people being attacked and murdered because of their faith. We must reaffirm our determination to stand up for the freedom of people of all religions and beliefs and for them to be able to practise their beliefs in peace and security.
This is a priority area for the Government, which was re-emphasised at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting earlier this year.
In the summer, in recognition of the importance of FoRB, the Prime Minister appointed a Special Envoy on FoRB, Lord Ahmad, to work with the Foreign and Commonwealth Offices overseas network and international partners to achieve a step-change in diplomatic efforts to defend the right to FoRB and proactively work for change in selected countries.
The FCO has also made available to staff a new Freedom of Religion or Belief toolkit to assist officials on how to promote freedom of religion or belief in their local context.

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