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

  • 20 Sep 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about ONE’s Campaign for Real Aid.

    Like you, I am proud of the excellent results our aid budget achieves in helping millions of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. For example, between April 2015 and March 2018, DFID reached 26.8 million people with humanitarian assistance, supported 11.4 million children to gain a decent.... Read more...


  • 20 Sep 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about the treatment of foreign nationals on the NHS.

    I believe that overseas visitors should be able to access our NHS as long as they make a fair contribution, just as the British taxpayer does. The NHS is a national, not an international, health service and I commend the Government’s determination to stamp out misuse of the system .... Read more...


  • 17 Sep 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about medicinal cannabis.

    There is strong scientific evidence that cannabis can harm people’s mental and physical health, and damage communities. However recent cases have shown the need to look more closely at the use of cannabis-based medicine in treating patients with very specific conditions in exceptional circumstances. This is .... Read more...


  • 17 Sep 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for writing to me.

    I recognise that a no-deal Brexit would be difficult and I firmly want to avoid that outcome. I was for remain in 2016 but accepted the result. I am resolute in the view that Brexit must be implemented and I believe it can still be delivered in an orderly manner with a deal. The best way to ensure that we do leave and do so with a deal .... Read more...


  • 17 Sep 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about discrimination against guide dog owners.

    I share your belief that everyone deserves the right to travel with comfort and dignity. That is why I value the use of guide dogs, which gives people with disabilities the freedom and confidence to work and visit friends independently. There are already, as you are aware, strict laws ag.... Read more...


  • 17 Sep 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about new mothers’ mental health.

    I agree, it is vitally important that women have access to the right care during pregnancy and in the first postnatal year. I have helped ensure that Ministers are aware of the National Childbirth Trust’s ‘Hidden Half’ campaign on this important issue

    Improving perinatal mental health services .... Read more...


  • 16 Sep 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about the water industry and EDM 1761.

    I strongly believe that properly regulated private markets are the best way to meet the ongoing needs of water customers and the environment. I do not support re-nationalising the water industry and I am glad that the Government has no intention of doing so.

    Since privatisation, the se.... Read more...


  • 12 Sep 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about autism.

    Autism is a complex condition which affects many people in very different ways. In recent times, great progress has been made in improving our understanding of autism. However, I believe there is much more work to be done, and I am pleased to see that there are efforts being made across government and throughout society.... Read more...


  • 10 Sep 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about the environmental impact of HS2.

    Ensuring that HS2 strikes the right balance between the needs of affected communities and the environment, and the long-term needs of the country as a whole is essential. As you may be aware, Ministers have launched an independent review of HS2, which will also consider HS2’s environmental benefits,.... Read more...


  • 10 Sep 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about the rainforests.

    I am deeply concerned by the increase in fires in the Amazon rainforest and the impact of the tragic loss of these precious habitats. The effect of these fires will be felt around the world which is why we need international action to protect the world's rainforests. I am therefore proud that the UK continues to su.... Read more...


  • 10 Sep 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about the impact of the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) freeze.

    While I appreciate your concerns on this issue, reforms to Housing Benefit are a central part of the Government’s plan to create a welfare system that supports the most vulnerable and is fair to taxpayers.

    Around £24 billion a year is spent on Housing Benefit to .... Read more...


  • 28 Aug 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

    The UK is a global champion for UHC. I am proud that the UK has been a vital pioneer through the establishment of the National Health Service and continues to host many of the best medical scientists and practitioners in the world. 

    It is firmly in the UK’s national interest to wo.... Read more...






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