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

  • 13 Apr 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about cycling safety.

    I am pleased to be able to say that the number of cyclists killed on our roads fell to its lowest level on record in 2015. However, we can never be complacent. I have been assured that Ministers remain fully committed to creating a safe environment for all road users, and in particular vulnerable road users such as c.... Read more...


  • 13 Apr 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about the current consultation on motor insurance.
     
    This consultation is the result of a judgment by the European Court of Justice, which was a complete game-changer as far as motor insurance is concerned. The judgment interpreted the Motor Insurance Directive in a way that neither the Government, nor many others across Europe, expe.... Read more...


  • 13 Apr 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about nuclear weapons and the UN conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons.

    To be clear, Britain is widely recognised as the most pro-active of the nuclear weapon states on nuclear disarmament. We have reduced our nuclear forces by over half from the Cold War peak in the late 1970s and recently redu.... Read more...


  • 13 Apr 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about ultra-rare diseases.

    I have welcomed the Government's UK Strategy for Rare Diseases, published in November 2013, as a positive step forward to help people affected by these conditions to live full and independent lives. The Strategy contains 51 commitments set out a vision for improving the lives of all those affected with rare dise.... Read more...


  • 13 Apr 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about controlling the spread of bovine TB.
     
    Bovine TB is the greatest animal health threat to the UK and causes devastation and distress for farmers and rural communities across the country. Dealing with it is costing taxpayers £100 million each year. The Government is delivering a 25-year strategy to eradicate this disease and prot.... Read more...


  • 13 Apr 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about the rate of National Insurance Contributions paid by the self-employed.

    As you will know, the changes to the rate of Class 4 National Insurance Contributions announced in the Spring Budget will no longer go ahead. It is important to comply with not just the letter but also the spirit of the tax and national insurance commitments tha.... Read more...


  • 21 Mar 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), and relationships education and relationships and sex education (RSE) being included in the Children and Social Work Bill.

    I know that the Secretary of State is personally committed to ensuring that progress in improving the availability and quality of PSHE and RSE is made a pr.... Read more...


  • 21 Mar 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about Brexit.

    The Brexit Bill was debated in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords and has now received Royal Assent. I have received a substantial amount of correspondence on this issue from my constituents and I greatly appreciate receiving the views of local people. Of the many issues that were raised with me, there were thr.... Read more...


  • 06 Mar 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about plastic microbeads.
     
    I understand and share your concerns about the impact these ingredients can have on the marine environment and fish. That is why I am pleased to tell you that, following work with the industry to achieve a voluntary phase-out, the Government has announced plans to ban them from cosmetic products completely.... Read more...


  • 06 Mar 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about private renting solutions for homeless and vulnerable people.

    I share your concern with this issue, and I am encouraged by steps the Government is taking to both tackle homelessness and make the private rented sector more affordable and secure.

    The £1 billion Build to Rent fund, for example, has contracted investment worth ove.... Read more...


  • 06 Mar 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about bilateral investment treaties and EDM 642.
     
    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.
     
    I am pleased that as we leave the EU, Britain will be the most active and passionate advocate of free .... Read more...


  • 06 Mar 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about abortion.
     
    I understand what an important issue this is for many people.
     
    The approach to abortion in the UK is set out in the Abortion Act 1967 and this remains unchanged.  Abortion legislation can only be changed by Parliament.  It is accepted Parliamentary practice that proposals for changes in the law.... Read more...






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