Burma Crisis

I am deeply concerned by the human rights and humanitarian situation in Rakhine. A range of human rights organisations report of human rights violations by the security forces. Humanitarian access is also restricted which is particularly impacting those already affected by malnutrition.

Green Investment Bank

8th February 2017
I can quite understand the strong feelings that the Green Investment Bank should be kept in British hands if at all possible.

Ivory Trade

3rd February 2017
I am seriously concerned about the effect of illegal poaching and ivory trafficking on the long-term prospects for the survival of the elephant.

NHS Funding

20th December 2016

I believe fully in the NHS and its values, and I would like to assure you that the Government is committed to a tax-funded NHS, free at the point of use, wherever and whenever you need it. As Ministers plan a new relationship with the EU, the Government will continue to ensure that the NHS is given the priority and stability it deserves.

Homelessness Reduction Bill

20th December 2016

As Christmas draws near, my thoughts are with those without a home and who will not be able to celebrate with friends and family. I wish to congratulate my Conservative colleague, Bob Blackman, with the support of the Government, in bringing the Bill to Parliament. The Bill will provide significant support to those who are about to or have already been made homeless.


15th December 2016

I am concerned over the tragedy that has been unfolding before our eyes.

I have been truly appalled over the sheer scale of the destruction and loss of life in Aleppo, Damascus, and indeed, in other cities in the Region such as Mosul.

Sale of Arms to Saudi Arabia

15th December 2016

I am concerned about the humanitarian situation in Yemen and I am assured that the Government is continuing its efforts to address the urgent humanitarian needs. The UK is one of the largest donors to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and more than doubled its support over the last year to £85 million for 2015/16. UK aid has so far helped more than 1.3 million Yemenis.

Istanbul Convention

15th December 2016

This Government remains committed to tackling violence against women and girls, and to ratifying the Istanbul Convention. The previous Government signed the Convention in June 2012, and in most respects, the measures already in place in the UK to protect women and girls from violence comply with or go further than the Convention requires.