Animal Cruelty Update

27th June 2017
The courts must decide what the penalty should be for each individual case, taking into account its circumstances and the guidelines laid down by the Sentencing Council.

Grenfell Tower

20th June 2017
This was an absolutely shocking and seemingly avoidable tragedy. Indeed, it does seem to me to be extraordinary and unforgiveable, that when very substantial amounts of money were recently spent upgrading this and other high rise blocks, more attention was not paid to basic fire regulations.

Ancient Woodlands

4th April 2017
Ancient woodland is a precious habitat, and would note that the National Planning Policy Framework already contains protections for it. It states that planning permission should be refused for development that would result in the loss or deterioration of irreplaceable habitats, including ancient woodland and aged or veteran trees elsewhere.

Cycling Safety

30th March 2017
I am pleased to be able to say that the number of cyclists killed on our roads fell to its lowest level on record in 2015.

Probate Fees

24th March 2017
I do understand that probate fees may be an extra worry for families when they are suffering a bereavement

Nuclear Disarmament

16th March 2017
To be clear, Britain is widely recognised as the most pro-active of the nuclear weapon states on nuclear disarmament.

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.