Speaking out in favour of the Prime Minister’s deal

In the debate on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU I took the opportunity to explain why I am supporting Mrs May’s deal and to stand up for  small and medium sized businesses whose voice is often not heard in these complex discussions.

A brighter future for fishing in Filey

I am delighted that the Environmental Agency has confirmed that, from the start of this week, fishermen can have an extra two months to fish for sea trout in Filey in 2019. This is excellent news for this wonderful seaside town.

Yorkshire women win big at Wembley

Congratulations to three Yorkshire women who took top awards in the finals of the National Business Women's Awards 2018 at Wembley. It’s always brilliant, although of course no surprise, to see Yorkshire lead the way.

Let’s unite in the face of the most important political year of our lifetimes

If we agree on nothing else, perhaps we can all agree that few of us have ever experienced such political turmoil. As we go into the Christmas break, Parliament is still divided into several factions; those who support Mrs May’s deal and those who oppose it, those who want a general election and

Calling for a freeze in TransPennine rail fares

TransPennine rail services are disgraceful. That’s what I told a Westminster Hall debate today.  I think the situation has got worse not better. Despite promises by the rail operator to improve both its timekeeping and its communications, this has not happened.

Finding a solution to Easingwold’s car parking problems

It’s clear that car parking in Easingwold has reached a crisis point and it’s time we found a solution. The town is often log-jammed with cars whose drivers leave their vehicles there all day, often because they are commuting into York. This means there are few spaces available for shoppers.