Welcome to the House of Fun!

It was fantastic to welcome the Great Yorkshire Brewery, based in Cropton near Kirkbymoorside, to Parliament today. They were showing off one of their new beers in the Strangers bar called Absolutely beer with a little help from the 80’s band, Madness.

Thornton Dale may be lost in Boundary Changes

In the recent proposals published by the Boundary Commission, the constituency of Thirsk and Malton would lose Thornton Dale and the eight surrounding villages if they get the go ahead in Parliament.


Congratulations to the whole community in the village of Sessay near Thirsk as the southern part looks set to be formally designated as Hambleton’s 54th Conservation Area by Hambleton Council in December.

Put under the spotlight by Ebor Academy

It was a pleasure to welcome Ebor Academy in Filey to Parliament on Monday. Head teacher Andrew Galbraith came with a group of Year 11 students to meet me and a former student, Charlotte Miller, who now works at Conservative HQ in London.

A call to action to fight antibiotic resistance

Today I attended the Antibiotic Research UK annual lecture in the House of Commons. Here I am with the Chairman, Ashley Burgess and Chief Executive, Professor Colin Garner of Antibiotic Research UK (ANTRUK) just before the meeting.

Opening up opportunities for North Yorkshire Coast youngsters

It’s great news that the North Yorkshire Coast (Scarborough, Whitby and Filey) is to benefit from up to £6m to tackle education inequality so that every young person has the opportunity to make the most of their abilities.

More Universal Credit support

I have received a number of letters from my constituents about Universal Credit, particularly cash-flow problems caused if they move from a weekly payment to a monthly payment.

Labour MEPs try to block Brexit

I am outraged that two Yorkshire & The Humber Labour MEPs effectively tried to block Brexit by voting against moving on to the next stage of the negotiations between the UK and the EU.