CAMPAIGN CORRESPONDENCE

Every day, I receive a large volume of campaign cards, letters and emails from constituents concerned about a huge variety of issues. While individual constituency enquiries will be answered by email or letter the growth in the volume of generic campaign correspondence now being received means that I no longer respond to this individually - the time this saves is very significant and is spent addressing the considerable and often complex individual casework that I receive. I take all generic campaign emails/letters very seriously - I have posted my responses to these below. Thank you.

Latest Campaign Letter Responses

  • 16 Jul 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about so-called ‘no fault’ divorce. 

    Marriage is one of the most important institutions we have. The principles of long term commitment and responsibility which underpin it bind society together and make it stronger, and I am pleased the Government is of the same view. 

    The end of a marriage is an extremely painfu.... Read more...


  • 16 Jul 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about radiotherapy.

    Cancer remains a high priority for the Government and despite survival rates being at a record high, too many people continue to die from it, leaving many devastated by the loss of loved ones. Since 2010 rates of survival from cancer have increased year-on-year. Around 7,000 people are alive today who would not ha.... Read more...


  • 16 Jul 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about announcements by Conservative Party Leadership contenders on leaving the EU without a deal.

    I have always been clear that I would prefer to leave the EU with a Withdrawal Agreement and I will be working hard in Parliament to avoid a no deal exit. While I have no doubt that the UK could thrive in the long-term, I believe that leavin.... Read more...


  • 15 Jul 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about staffing levels in the NHS. 

    I would like to assure you that the Government is committed to increasing the number of staff in the NHS, both in the short-term and for the future. 

    I support recent announcements to train and recruit 25 per cent more doctors and nurses every year. That is roughly 1,500 more doc.... Read more...


  • 15 Jul 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about the vote to approve the regulations for Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education.

    While I appreciate your concerns, I voted to approve the regulations. I am reassured that the content of the regulations has been developed thro.... Read more...


  • 12 Jul 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about respecting devolution and the issue of abortion in Northern Ireland.

    I am pleased that the Government recognises the sensitivity of this issue and the range of views expressed by stakeholders on all sides of the debate. It is a highly sensitive issue, regardless of where your view lies and one where it is important that the matter .... Read more...


  • 12 Jul 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about the asylum system.

    The UK has a proud history of granting asylum to those who need our protection. Between April 2014 and June 2017, the Home Office received 97,454 claims for asylum and decided over 64,000 of these within 6 months. However the Home Office recognises there is more it needs to do and it continues to work with NG.... Read more...


  • 12 Jul 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about the situation in North West Syria. First, I would like to express my gratitude to the humanitarian workers on the ground in North West Syria who are doing so at great personal risk and under very difficult circumstances.  I am encouraged that the UK is funding UN and NGO partners to provide vital humanitarian assistance to people in.... Read more...


  • 12 Jul 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about the persecution of Christians.  

    The UK has always championed freedom of religion or belief for everyone. As a country that has always been a beacon for freedom and tolerance, I passionately believe the UK should not shirk its responsibilities.

    Today, about 245 million Christians worldwide are believed to fa.... Read more...


  • 12 Jul 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about people with disabilities. 

    Over £50 billion every year is being spent on benefits alone to support people with disabilities or health conditions. The Government will continue to spend more than Labour did in 2010 in every year to 2020. Benefits related to the additional costs of disability have been uprated every year, and.... Read more...


  • 10 Jul 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about Local Welfare Assistance Schemes.

    I agree that Local Welfare Assistance Schemes should help claimants in urgent need following an emergency or unforeseen event and have no other source of help.

    The Department for Work and Pension's (DWP) 2014 review found that local authorities delivered support more effectively than .... Read more...


  • 09 Jul 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about same sex marriage in Northern Ireland.

    I believe that marriage is one of the most important institutions we have. The principles of long term commitment and responsibility which underpin it bind society together and make it stronger. It was the view of the Government that the state should not deny someone the chance to get married.... Read more...






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