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 Aug 2018

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about lung disease.
     
    There are currently no plans to set up a taskforce on lung health. However, I know that the Government has instructed NHS England to achieve a significant reduction in avoidable deaths by 2020. Reducing premature mortality rates among patients with lung disease will play an important part in this. There are a r.... Read more...


  • 16 Aug 2018

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about the UK's attitude towards the use of the death penalty.

    It is the long-standing position of the UK to oppose the death penalty in all circumstances as a matter of principle. The UK acts compatibly with the European Convention on Human Rights. There has been no change of policy on this.

    The UK Government receives around 8,000 .... Read more...


  • 16 Aug 2018

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about commercial sexual exploitation.

    I know the Government is committed to protecting those selling sex from harm and enabling the police to target those who exploit vulnerable people involved in prostitution. It is also very important to ensure those who want to leave prostitution are given every opportunity to find routes out.

    .... Read more...


  • 08 Aug 2018

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about planning practice on shale development.
     
    Shale development has the potential to deliver substantial economic benefits to the UK economy and for local communities where supplies are located. I am glad that the Government remains committed to protecting the environment and ensuring that shale exploration happens safely. Planning.... Read more...


  • 08 Aug 2018

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about the Vote Leave campaign.
     
    It is of course a concern that electoral rules have been found to have been breached by the Vote Leave and BeLeave campaigns. It is not acceptable for any organisation to breach election procedures - and it is regrettable that fines have been levied on multiple groups on both sides of the referendum c.... Read more...


  • 08 Aug 2018

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about the future of civil partnerships. 
     
    The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 had a specific focus on extending marriage to same-sex couples who could not previously marry. The Act did, however, stipulate that there should be a review of civil partnerships in England and Wales.
     
    The Government has carried out .... Read more...


  • 02 Aug 2018

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about alcohol duties.
     
    As announced at the 2017 Autumn Budget, tax on beer, cider, wine and spirits have again be frozen. This follows the removal of the beer duty escalator in 2013 and the unprecedented cuts and freezes in beer duty since then, as well as the removal of the duty escalator for spirits, wine and cider in 2014.
    &nb.... Read more...


  • 24 Jul 2018

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about the agreement reached at Chequers on the UK's future relationship with the EU.

    I appreciate your strength of feeling on the agreement but I do not believe that there is a workable alternative that respects the referendum, delivers the Government's commitments on Northern Ireland and preserves the constitutional integrity of the UK..... Read more...


  • 11 Jul 2018

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about homelessness.
     
    I firmly believe that just one person without a roof over their head is one too many, and it is vitally important that the most vulnerable people in society, including homeless people and rough sleepers, are helped to get their lives back on track.
     
    The Government has a strong record of preventing an.... Read more...


  • 11 Jul 2018

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about the use of force in mental health units, and Steve Reed's Private Member's Bill.
     
    I appreciate the concerns raised by the Private Member's Bill. Inspired by the death of Olaseni Lewis, one of Mr Reed's constituents, in a mental health unit in 2010, this Bill seeks to enforce that mental health units record all uses of force, d.... Read more...


  • 11 Jul 2018

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about US immigration policy at the border with Mexico.

    I appreciate the strength of feeling on this issue. I absolutely agree with the Prime Minister when she said in the House of Commons, clearly, wholly and unequivocally, that the policy was wrong.

    I am pleased to say that this is not the United Kingdom's approach. In fact, when .... Read more...


  • 09 Jul 2018

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about establishing an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary.
     
    This campaign has my full support, and I am delighted to tell you that the UK is one of the leading proponents of establishing a Marine Protected Area in the Weddell Sea. On our behalf the Government will be advocating strongly for its adoption at the meeting this October of the Conv.... Read more...






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