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.


23 APR 2018

Food Standards

Thank you for writing to me about trade and food standards and hormone treated beef; these are just the kind of issues that I will be raising when it comes to discussing the complexity of trade negotiations. I am afraid that there are some who are portraying these in a very simplistic fashion when the reality is as you describe, we do not want to see a lowering of our own standards as a result.
I am one of the signatories to this week's motion on the Customs Union and, although a different issue, is related in that we need to look this in round with the implications for trade, the complexities around trade deals and any risks alongside frictionless borders.

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