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.


08 NOV 2018

FOBTs

I very much hope that the Chancellor will listen to the strength of feeling across the Commons and agree to reduce the maximum stake on FOBTs in April 2019. This is a point of principle about the power of industry lobbying in our politics and frankly it is not good enough for the Chancellor to speak of reducing the tragedy of lives lost to suicide if that is not followed up by timely implementation of the policy levers to make a difference.

The October 19 date is not a 'compromise', it leaves more families and communities unnecessarily facing the misery caused by these machines. The date can and should be brought forward.

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