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 OCT 2019

Hong Kong Withdrawal Bill

Thank you very much for writing to me about the Hong Kong withdrawal bill. Hong Kong's parliament, the Legislative Council (Legco) was expected to formally withdraw the extradition bill on Wednesday 16th October. Wednesday marked the opening of a new session, the first time the Legco has met since July. However, opponents disrupted Carrie Lam's annual address, resulting in the session being suspended. Currently there is no further information as to when the Bill will be formally withdrawn.

The UK Government has set out its concerns about the situation in Hong Kong and has made clear that it is fully committed to upholding the legally binding Joint Declaration of 1984. At the Human Rights Council in September the UK re-iterated its support and call for all to respect the 'One Country, Two Systems' framework, including the rights and freedoms in the Joint Declaration. Parliament must hold them to this promise.

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