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.


25 JUN 2019

Seasonal Workers

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me about the Seasonal Workers Pilot Scheme.

I understand you would like to see the numbers for the scheme increased and this turned in to a fully functioning scheme and I have had discussions about this with local farmers and the National Farmers Union.

This issue was actually raised in the House of Commons on the 20th of June and you can view the full transcript via the following link: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2019-06-20/debates/27FCAE94-A12C-47D7-9280-876C99A1F342/SeasonalAgriculturalWorkersPilotScheme

I know that the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Robert Goodwill MP, stated that the Government have introduced a new immigration pilot scheme for 2019 and 2020 to enable up to 2,500 non-European economic area migrant workers to come to the UK to undertake seasonal employment in the edible horticultural sector. DEFRA and the Home Office will evaluate the outcome before taking any decisions on future arrangements.

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