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[22/05/2018 | No comment]

On 16th May I was a guest on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC News, discussing – amongst other things – Brexit and what we need to do to get the best deal for jobs and businesses, and how to avoid a hard border in Ireland. You can listen to my interview on the BBC Radio 5 Live’s Anna Foster show here.

[09/05/2018 | No comment]

On 9th May, I asked the Foreign Secretary whether he shares my concern that President Trump’s decision to unilaterally withdraw America’s support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran – the “Iran nuclear deal” – was a huge mistake with potentially disastrous consequences.

The deal is working, Iran has significantly rolled back its nuclear program and the Independent Atomic Energy Authority has said Iran is compliant. The reality is Iran’s extremely troubling behaviour in the wider region, including its support of terrorism, will be even more dangerous if Iran’s nuclear program goes unchecked. It is vital Britain does everything possible to ensure the deal remains in place, working with our international allies.

[09/05/2018 | No comment]

The Government has failed to take responsibility for the terrible mistreatment of the Windrush generation. These British citizens settled in the UK between 1940 and 1970 but many of them – as well as their families – have been declared illegal immigrants, left unable to use public services and threatened with deportation as a result of the Government’s “hostile environment” policy towards immigration.

A number of my constituents have been affected and I am raising their cases with the Government’s Commonwealth Taskforce to ensure they receive the documents and citizenship status that are rightfully theirs.

I also joined more than 200 MPs in signing a letter to the Prime Minister calling for urgent action to clarify what compensation would be provided to those affected, provide clear guidance on what evidence those affected would need to provide to prove their citizenship, and to enshrine the protections promised by the Government in law.

On 2nd May, I supported Labour’s Opposition Day Motion calling on the Government to publish its correspondence relating to the Windrush scandal so that the issue could be properly investigated. I was disappointed that the Government opposed the motion and it was defeated.

If you have been affected by this issue and live in my constituency, please contact my office on 0116 204 4980.

 

[04/04/2018 | No comment]

I have written to the Health Secretary on behalf of local constituents who raised concerns with me about vaginal mesh implants. Thousands of women across the country are dealing with complications after receiving mesh implants, which can include painful and damaging reactions. I have asked the Health Secretary to explain why the use of vaginal mesh implants has not been suspended while a review takes place, and why the Government has failed to launch a public inquiry into their use. Read more about the Sling the Mesh campaign here.

 

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