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.


12 OCT 2019

HS2

Thank you very much for writing to me about HS2.

I understand your concerns about the environmental impact on our ancient woodlands and I agree that we need to be taking urgent steps in view of the Climate and Ecological Emergency we face.

However, this does mean we are faced with sometimes conflicting calls to improve public transport provision and invest in increased rail and bus networks to encourage people out of cars, whilst at the same time doing so without building the new public transport infrastructure that would be required to achieve this, as it damages existing wildlife. The decisions are complex and multi-faceted.

That said, I welcome a review and will make the point that this level of investment could revolutionise a nationwide transformation of safe infrastructure for active travel by bike and on foot.

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