Grouse Shooting

I share the concerns which have been raised regarding the illegal persecution of raptors and I would encourage anyone with information about it to report what they know to the authorities.

Children in Mosul

The protection of civilians during armed conflict is a priority for the UK and its allies. When it comes to children, all efforts must be made to protect them from harm.

TB & Badger Culling

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.

Dog Meat Trade

I do appreciate how strongly many people feel about the dog meat trade in East and Southeast Asia. 


Every person sleeping rough is a tragedy and I am glad that the Government is working hard to reduce homelessness.

Give us the Internet we need

As someone who lives in a rural area, I appreciate how important broadband is to both individuals and businesses.

Reliable, fast broadband is now seen as the norm, not a nice-to-have. It underpins economic growth and allows homes to function in a digital age.

Hinkley Point C

I do appreciate that many people feel strongly about Hinkley Point C and nuclear power in general.I believe that nuclear has an important role to play as part of the UK's energy mix. The Nuclear Industrial Strategy published in 2013 in partnership with industry establishes a long term approach for the sector to stimulate economic growth and create jobs in this country.

Political Campaigning & Office of Electoral Integrity

I have received many emails about political campaigning during the recent EU Referendum .  In general, political campaign material in the UK is not formally regulated, and it is a matter for the press and public to decide on the basis of such material whether they consider it reasonable and accurate.

The voting system

As I'm sure you are aware, we had a referendum on electoral reform in the last Parliament. In the referendum, electors voted strongly against changing the system, with more than two-thirds voting against switching to the 'Alternative Vote' (AV) system and in favour of retaining first past the post.

GP Services

Supporting General Practice is at the heart of the Government's commitment to a high quality, seven-day health service. That is why the Government has launched a multi-billion pound plan to deliver the NHS's own plan for its future, the Five Year Forward View.