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.


03 OCT 2018

NHS Funding

Thank you for writing to me about this important issue.

I have long argued that we need a whole system response that covers the NHS, social care and public health and takes a long term view. I look forward to the NHS long term plan and to seeing the funding commitments upheld in the Chancellor's budget later this month. I do not yet know the details of this. I do not think there will be a 'Brexit dividend' and I would support a rise in taxation for this purpose and have argued for this to be part of an earmarked health and care tax.

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