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.


07 AUG 2019

Effective Asylum System

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me about our asylum system.

I understand that Refugee Action have concerns about how effective the system is and I hope you will be glad to hear that the Minister was recently asked in the House of Commons what steps he is taking to improve the asylum application process. You can view the full exchange here:

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2019-06-10/debates/3ED19E09-255A-4772-98DD-FB4F08F671CD/AsylumApplicationProcess

With regard to your point about ESOL classes, I am pleased that the government has announced it will publish an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) strategy for England this autumn. The strategy will contain a range of cross-government measures to support the government's commitment to building "strong integrated communities". It builds upon the proposals set out in the Integrated Communities Strategy green paper and responses to the consultation. You can read both of these via the following links:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/696993/Integrated_Communities_Strategy.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/integrated-communities-strategy-green-paper

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