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

  • 03 Nov 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about the Centenary of the Balfour Declaration.

    I am proud of the role the UK played in the creation of the state of Israel and I believe it is vital to remind ourselves of the context in which the declaration was written. The Jewish people had suffered centuries of persecution and founding a homeland in a place of historical and religiou.... Read more...


  • 03 Nov 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about monetary policy.

    As you know, monetary policy is a matter for the independent Bank of England. I remain firmly supportive of this independence, and the Bank's 2 per cent inflation target is a cornerstone of the UK's financial stability and continued prosperity.

    Inequality has actually been falling in recent years, with the la.... Read more...


  • 03 Nov 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about the voting age.
     
    I welcome the ongoing discussions and debates on this issue. There was a rising level of interest in the issue following the Scottish Independence Referendum, although most polls do show that a majority of adults oppose the change. In the 16-18 cohort, there is a modest majority of 16 year olds in favour, 17 y.... Read more...


  • 01 Nov 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about adult social care.
     
    I believe that it is important to ensure that as people receive dignified care in old age. This is one of the biggest challenges our country faces, with an ageing population. I support the Government's commitment to making sure this country works for everyone and that the most vulnerable in society gain the.... Read more...


  • 01 Nov 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about mental health.
     
    I agree that tackling poor mental health must be a priority and Ministers have legislated to treat it with the same importance as physical health. Progress is being made with more Government investment in mental health and an estimated 1,400 more people accessing mental health services every day compared to 201.... Read more...


  • 01 Nov 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about hospital transport for elderly people.

    I understand that this issue is affecting ever more people as our society ages, and I would like to assure you that there are cross-governmental efforts being made to ensure elderly and frail people are able to gain access to suitable transport to hospitals. I hope you are encouraged to know t.... Read more...


  • 01 Nov 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about freedom of speech at universities.
     
    Our universities have a proud history of encouraging freedom of speech and it is vitally important that this right is preserved. I welcome that the Prime Minister has said our universities should not be just be places of learning, but should also be placed where there can be open debate. Read more...


  • 01 Nov 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about the cost of pharmaceutical drugs to the NHS.
     
    I fully appreciate your concerns and I would like to assure you that the Government is committed to paying a fair price for medicines used in the NHS. Where companies exploit the NHS by charging higher prices, this money cannot be spent elsewhere on patient care.
     
    You m.... Read more...


  • 23 Oct 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about Unicef's campaign concerning family reunion.
     
    I strongly support the principle of family unity, but it is important to note that there are already legal routes for families to be reunited safely that are not dependent on our EU membership. The UK's family reunion policy is generous, granting over 23,000 family reunion visas ov.... Read more...


  • 18 Oct 2017

    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 support .... Read more...


  • 18 Oct 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about the ongoing detention of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in Iran.

    As you may know, Iran does not recognise dual nationality and therefore does not grant the Foreign and Commonwealth office consular access to Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe. Nonetheless, the British Government continues to lobby the Iranian authorities about her case at the highest .... Read more...


  • 18 Oct 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about protecting emergency service workers.
     
    We owe emergency service workers a debt of gratitude for the courage, commitment and dedication they demonstrate in carrying out their duties, which is why the Government is supporting the Private Member’s Bill to protect emergency workers.
     
    The Bill would create a statutory a.... Read more...






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