Strengthening our democracy

Free and fair elections are the bedrock of democracy. This is what the Elections Bill going through Parliament is all about. Changes are being made to strengthen our democracy, as well as to make sure that our elections are as secure, fair, transparent and as up to date as they...

Hailing lifting of Covid restrictions

I have welcomed the Prime Minister’s decision to lift most COVID restrictions. The Omicron variant is now believed to have peaked nationally, thanks to the Government’s booster campaign.  Plan B restrictions will be lifted from the 27th January. This means people can now return to their workplaces and most COVID restrictions will now...

Meeting with blood test campaigners

I held a meeting with Cllr Trevor Bond, together with Deal health campaigners Marsha Horne and Anne Matthews at my constituency surgery. We discussed concerns about the recent change of provision in phlebotomy (blood test) services in Deal from the hospital to the GPs Surgeries. This service was moved from...

Meeting with Pope’s Ambassador to the UK

I met the Pope’s ambassador to the UK, the Papal Nuncio Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, at His Excellency’s first formal visit to Parliament. With myself being a Roman Catholic, I joined other Catholic MPs and Peers at a special mass held at St Mary Undercroft in the Palace of Westminster presided...

Looking after those in housing need

Having a stable home of your own, be that rented or bought, really matters. Report after report demonstrates the importance of having not just a roof over your head but a secure, stable and affordable home too. This matters to everyone, and especially to families, where moving from pillar to...

Welcoming the new Australian trade deal

I am delighted to welcome the new trade agreement between the UK and Australia. The deal will unlock £10.4 billion of additional trade, boosting the economy and increasing wages across the UK, while eliminating tariffs on 100 per cent of UK exports. On top of this I welcome the dedicated...

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