[20/03/2018 | No comment]


I was delighted to speak in the debate on a public petition calling for the drug Orkambi to be made available on the NHS for people with Cystic Fibrosis. You can watch ITV Central’s coverage of my comments here.

Orkambi is a life-changing drug that tackles the root causes of Cystic Fibrosis and is available across Europe. However, it has not been made available on the NHS in England due to its cost. 118 of my constituents signed a petition that called for a debate on why it is not available on the NHS, and I was proud to represent them in Parliament

I believe the NHS and the drug company behind Orkambi must get together to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. We must also make sure there are proper processes in place so that new drugs are agreed for use by the NHS as quickly as possible.

You can read the full debate here, read the petition here, and read information from the Cystic Fibrosis Trust on Orkambi here.

[16/03/2018 | No comment]

On 14th March I went on Sky News for a discussion about Brexit, Trump and Russia on the Adam Boulton show. Britain will be in a much stronger position to respond to Russia, as well as Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminium, when we work closely with our European allies. I am concerned the Government’s approach to Brexit is weakening the ties with our EU allies, just when we need to be strengthening them.

[13/02/2018 | No comment]

In my latest Leicester Mercury column I write about how the winter crisis has shown our NHS and social care services desperately need an immediate injection of cash, and a long-term plan for the future. But Innovative work done by the Braunstone Blues shows what can be done to keep people safe and healthy, while reducing the demand on 999. 

Read the column here 

[31/01/2018 | No comment]

On 31st January, I spoke in a debate at UK in a Changing Europe’s Brexit and Public Opinion conference about the ongoing impact of the referendum result. The country is still deeply divided and the Prime Minister has failed to show the leadership desperately needed to address the concerns of both the people who voted Leave and those who backed Remain. What’s needed are honest solutions to address why the economy is still so unequal and communities continue to feel left behind.

I also spoke to Business Insider about what I want to see from the Brexit negotiations and the importance of Britain remaining in the Single Market and Customs Union. You can read my interview here.

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