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.


27 FEB 2018

Eastern Ghouta

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me about the situation in Eastern Ghouta.

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

The current level of violence in the region is the worst since 2013. Hundreds of people have died in recent days with pro-Government forces, backed by Russia, attempting to retake the last major rebel stronghold via airstrikes.
The situation in Eastern Ghouta is appalling and the numbers of civilians, including children who have been reportedly killed or injured. The UK Government is deeply concerned about this humanitarian catastrophe and has called upon the Regime and its backers to end this campaign of violence, to protect civilians and to allow unfettered humanitarian access to the region.
The UK has raised its concerns in the UN Security Council and International Syria Support Group, and continues to work through the UN to try to secure a ceasefire, to support the Geneva peace process and the work of the UN Special Envoy for Syria.

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