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.


15 MAR 2019

Trade Questions

Thank you for taking the time to email me about the International Trade questions being held this week.

I agree that trade deals must not lead to a free for all that tolerates reduced environmental and welfare standards abroad that would not only have serious consequences for our local farming industry but for the wider environment and health. The issue of trade deals and the NHS came up recently at a meeting of the Health and Social Care Select Committee, which I chair and I will continue to raise points about this.

Currently, as you may already be aware, my main Brexit focus is trying to ensure everyone has a final say in a referendum which includes a choice to remain.

This would offer the opportunity to confirm whether the actual Brexit deal has the consent of the people. Without that valid consent, I believe there will be decades of acrimony about the consequences.

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