Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

I know that many people are worried about the plight of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her family.

It is a desperately sad situation and I do empathise with her husband Richard doing all he can to keep her plight in the public eye.

Junk food advertising

I understand the concerns about obesity, particularly among children, and its impact on long term health. With 1 in 3 children obese by Year 6 it is vital to tackle this pressing health concern, so I am glad that a number of steps to tackle this problem. 

Eating disorders

I have been contacted by a number of constituents regarding eating disorders.

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Fees

First I would like to recognise the important work done by independent regulators like the HCPC. These organisations help to protect the public and to ensure high levels of service and professionalism.

Horse riders and the Highway Code review

A number of constituents have been in touch about horse riders and the Highway Code review. I have confirmed that Ministers are aware of the points made by horse riders about the scope of the review.


I appreciate your concern about the use of fireworks. While many people enjoy their use on special occasions I know others do not like them. Fireworks can of course be very dangerous and I am glad the use and sale of them is controlled.

Mental Health Policy

Tackling poor mental health must be a priority and should be treated with the same importance as physical health: the Government enshrined parity of esteem for physical and mental health in law in the Health and Social Care Act 2012. Spending on mental health increased to a planned £11.86 billion

Secondary Breast Cancer

The Government is committed to ensuring that people with a secondary breast cancer diagnosis receive the highest quality care.

Transparency of Loans to Developing Countries

The UK continues to be at the forefront of international efforts to promote responsible lending and borrowing practices. This includes ongoing support for the IMF-World Bank Debt Sustainability Framework and OECD lending principles covering official export credits.