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.

Asylum for Torture Survivors

29th November 2016

Granting protection to those who genuinely need it and refusing those who do not, in an efficient, sensitive and effective way, is crucial.

Breast Cancer Treatment

18th November 2016

I can assure you that the Government is committed to improving survival rates for people with cancer.

Early Years Education

17th November 2016

There is a strong evidence base from the UK and around the world that shows high-quality early education has long lasting benefits for children. Indeed, analysis has shown that pre-school is of particular importance to children from disadvantaged backgrounds.