12018May

Energy Cap Bill

Yesterday I spoke again on the Energy Cap Bill – arguing the importance of a cap to stop thousands of people in the Chippenham constituency continuing to be ripped off! I have supported this bill throughout including at the Bill Committee stage. I finished with a quote from the Chief Executive of Chippenham’s Good Energy…

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302018Apr

Home Office Questions

Today I asked the new Home Secretary Sajid Javid, if he agrees with me that there is absolutely no question of the Windrush generation’s right to remain here. However this doesn’t mean that policies to combat illegal immigration are less important. Illegal immigration is a crime and to conflate that with the Windrush generation is…

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262018Apr

Windrush

Yet again, Labour played politics with people’s lives today. The Windrush generation are here legally and I welcome the work the Government is doing to help people, and the pledge of compensation. However today Labour confused the Windrush generation and illegal immigration – this is morally wrong and the two are very different! Watch my…

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192018Mar

Women in work

Last week I spoke in Parliament on women in work. I don’t agree with demeaning quotas or positive discrimination and I’m not a fan of singling out particular groups, as I do believe that further segregation can indeed cause discrimination. Instead I believe in empowering and encouraging women and all minorities to succeed and fulfil…

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122018Mar

Northern Ireland

Today there was a statement in Parliament by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. It is regrettable that a budget has had to be set as local Ministers on the ground would have been far better placed to make these decisions. I was pleased that the Minister assured the House that the government will…

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122018Mar

Events in Salisbury

Today the Prime Minister gave a statement on the awful recent incident in Salisbury. I asked her to join with me in commending the superb work of Wiltshire’s police and health services who have highlighted the level of public service and dedication to safety of our emergency services. Our thoughts go to Detective Sgt Bailey.

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82018Mar

Second Leveson inquiry

Yesterday I made the point that conducting a second Leveson inquiry would be extremely costly (£5 million plus) and untimely but also potentially undermine the freedom of our press and be too narrow. Our media is changing and with the decline of the press and rise of digital media another press review is not the…

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92018Feb

Speaking in a health statement

Yesterday I spoke on the Statement regarding a damming report by into Liverpool Community Health (LCH). I agreed with the Minister’s commitment to exposing failings in the NHS especially when those failings harm people. I also made the point that efficiency and safety is not just down to money but also strong leadership and responsible…

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