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

  • 05 Nov 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about bat conservation. I am very pleased to hear that the data you refer to shows encouraging signs of recovery for the species.

    The Environment Bill will place environmental ambition and accountability at the heart of government, and legislative measures will be introduced to address the biggest environmental priorities of our age,.... Read more...


  • 05 Nov 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about the Electoral Commission.

    The Electoral Commission has civil sanctioning powers that apply to referendums and elections. More serious criminal matters can and are referred to the police, and then considered by a court of law.  The courts already have the power to levy unlimited fines.

    It is important to remember .... Read more...


  • 05 Nov 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for being in touch on Brexit.

    After over three years of – sometimes agonising – debate progress has been made in the Brexit process in recent weeks.  The Prime Minister has secured a new deal and the Withdrawal Bill has received a Second Reading.  Still, it was not possible to go further and almost all parties in the House accepted that the .... Read more...


  • 04 Nov 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about voting in the UK’s general elections.

    To vote in a UK general election, you must be a British citizen. This situation is not unique to the UK: many countries allow only their citizens to vote at general elections, and linking citizenship to the right to vote is not unusual. The UK additionally allows qualifying Commonwealth voters .... Read more...


  • 04 Nov 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about the voting age.

    In the UK, there is no single moment when someone moves from childhood to adulthood; instead responsibilities and permitted activities build up over time. For example, a person must be 17 before they can hold a license to drive and 18 before they can sit on a jury or buy alcohol. I think this illustrates that, s.... Read more...


  • 31 Oct 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about blood cancers.

    With around 13,000 people dying from leukaemia, lymphoma, or myeloma each year across the UK, please allow me to assure you that improving outcomes for patients diagnosed with blood cancers remains a key NHS priority.

    Early diagnosis of blood cancers can be difficult with symptoms, for example back pain.... Read more...


  • 29 Oct 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about farming methods.

    Although food choices can have an impact on greenhouse gas emissions, well managed livestock can provide environmental benefits including supporting biodiversity, protecting the character and identity of the countryside and generating an important income for rural communities.

    I am proud that the UK h.... Read more...


  • 29 Oct 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about measures to protect pollinators.

    I entirely agree with you that bees and other pollinators play an essential role in our food production and are vital to the survival of our wild plants. There are around 1,500 species of insect pollinator in the UK, and I welcome all work to protect them. 

    Over the last few years.... Read more...


  • 29 Oct 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about Britain’s woodlands.

    I agree with you that our woods and forests are an invaluable national asset and I am proud of the action that has been taken in recent years to preserve and extend British woodland. I am pleased that Ministers remain committed to planting 11 million trees during this parliament, and to the shared aspiratio.... Read more...


  • 25 Oct 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about nature recovery. 

    The decision to leave the European Union has created an historic opportunity to deliver a green Brexit, where environmental standards are not only maintained but enhanced.

    The Environment Bill will place environmental ambition and accountability at the heart of government, and legislative measur.... Read more...


  • 25 Oct 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about asylum seekers and employment.

    I recognise that this is a very important issue; the UK has a proud tradition of providing a place of safety for refugees. Each claim for asylum is carefully considered and where it is found that individuals are in need of protection, asylum is given.

    Asylum seekers are allowed to work, .... Read more...


  • 22 Oct 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about the Environment Bill.

    As set out in the 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment, the decision to leave the European Union has created an historic opportunity to deliver a Green Brexit, where environmental standards are not only maintained but enhanced.

    I am pleased that the Bill will ensure the environment is at the h.... Read more...






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