Cuadrilla appeals

I know that some residents have raised the issue of appeals by Cuadrilla at sites around Preston and Roseacre and Wharles in Lancashire.

Dog Fighting

Dog fighting is a heinous crime that has been banned in this country for over 100 years. It is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and punishable by up to six months' imprisonment or an unlimited fine, or both. I also support the ban on owning or selling some types of dogs bred for fighting.

Conservation of Lions

Lions are an iconic species that deserve our best protection, and I am glad that the UK Government is committed to conserving the world's wildlife. The UK is a leading participant in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, which is reviewing the protection granted to lions.

Investigatory Powers Bill

Throughout the lengthy consideration the Investigatory Powers Bill has enjoyed in both its draft and final form, the balance between security and privacy has been frequently considered and debated.

Housing Delivery Test and Green Belt

I strongly believe that our fields, woodlands and countryside should be protected against excessive development. These are special areas of our country that we have a right to enjoy and pass on to future generations.

2021 Census

For those who have contacted me about the 2021 Census, I appreciate concerns raised regarding the information available about those who have served in the Armed Forces.

Amendment to Trade Union Bill – Electronic Balloting

I recognise that online ballots could be a useful tool to bring about change in the voting process. However, it is important to ensure that there is the utmost confidence in ballot processes. Both the Speaker's Commission on Digital Democracy and the Open Rights Group have summed up their concerns over the security and difficulties of achieving this with electronic balloting.