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

  • 15 Dec 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about marine protected areas.

    I am delighted that 23 new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) have been announced, in addition to the 27 designated in the last Parliament and over 500 other marine protected areas that already existed in the UK. Together these help fulfil the ambitious pledge to create a 'Blue Belt' of protection for our diver.... Read more...


  • 15 Dec 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund (PCPF) and climate change.

    I would like to assure you that the Government continues to recognise that climate change is one of the most serious long-term economic threats that this country and this world faces.

    Members of the Government do not, by convention, formally support such ca.... Read more...


  • 15 Dec 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about Capital Gains Tax on commercial property transactions.

    I think that it is vital to ensure that everyone is paying their share of tax. If those with the most in society are not making a fair contribution, we will not be able to fund our public services, and the tax burden will disproportionately fall on those who cannot take advanta.... Read more...


  • 13 Dec 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about education in developing countries.
     
    Investing in education is in all our interests, as education provides children with the best route out of poverty, giving them the power to improve their own lives and their country, and ultimately reduce developing countries’ reliance on aid. Globally we must push for education for both gir.... Read more...


  • 13 Dec 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about bowel cancer.
     
    Members of the Government do not, by convention, sign any Early Day Motions, as doing so is likely to breach the Ministerial Code's rules on collective responsibility.
     
    However, I appreciate your concerns as I know that bowel cancer is one of the most common types of cancer diagnosed in the UK. Over.... Read more...


  • 13 Dec 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about Tearfund's campaign on climate change.
     
    Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing the world today, and like you, I worry about its impact both at home and on those in poorer nations. It threatens to set back much of the progress made in tackling inequality and poverty. The UK is taking a leading role as the wor.... Read more...


  • 12 Dec 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about public sector pay.
     
    The Government has confirmed that it will be moving away from the 1 per cent public sector pay policy, towards a more flexible approach on pay.
     
    We still need to deal with our country's debts to ensure we have a strong economy to enable us to invest in our public services. The Government will c.... Read more...


  • 12 Dec 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about religious slaughter.

    I understand the depth of your feeling on this issue. As you are probably aware there are long-standing provisions in UK law that, subject to specific requirements, permit the slaughter of animals without prior stunning to meet Jewish and Islamic religious requirements.

    Although I would prefer all animals .... Read more...


  • 12 Dec 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about infant feeding.

    I recognise that breastfeeding is a personal choice for each woman to make and that not all mothers are able to or choose to breast feed.

    It is widely agreed that breastfeeding delivers significant health benefits to new-born babies, and promotes strong bonds between mother and baby. It provides the child with .... Read more...


  • 12 Dec 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about the detention of Palestinian children and EDM 563.
     
    Members of the Government do not, by convention, sign any Early Day Motions, as doing so is likely to breach the Ministerial Code's rules on collective responsibility.
     
    However, I agree with you that the detention of Palestinian children in Israeli prisons is ext.... Read more...


  • 05 Dec 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about human rights in Palestine.

    The UK Government remains focussed on achieving a two-state solution to the conflict in the region. It is the only way to see a safe and secure Israel coexistent alongside a viable, sovereign Palestinian state. A long term political settlement, one that ensures a safe future for all, is the only way to res.... Read more...


  • 04 Dec 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about alcohol duties.
     
    As announced at the 2017 Autumn Budget, tax on beer, cider, wine and spirits will 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...






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