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Defining a Future for Yorkshire Farming

Today I took part in a panel discussion about the future of farming across Yorkshire at NAFIC in Sand Hutton. The event was attended by more than 160 people, half of whom were farmers including many from my constituency.

Calling for support for Post Offices

In today’s Westminster Hall debate on Post Office provision in North Yorkshire, I have called for more support for Post Offices in communities, particularly those who no longer have banking services.

Fight superbugs by taxing antibiotics

Lord O’Neill of Gatley, who led the O’Neill Review of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), and I are amongst a group of parliamentarians calling on the Health Secretary to tax antibiotics to raise funds to tackle superbugs.

Pressing the point about local decision-making for fracking

Today I attended a Westminster Hall debate to discuss the Government’s proposed weakening of planning rules with regards to shale gas extraction. I was pleased to be able to make the following intervention: "I went out to rural Pennsylvania in 2015 to look at this particular issue.

Austerity is coming to an end, but discipline will remain

This was the clear message which came across loud and clear in the Chancellor’s Budget yesterday. Philip Hammond announced wide ranging spending commitments totalling £30 billion by 2023 – 2024, heralding the end of a period of austerity, which has lasted 10 years.

My pledge to support the environment

Today I have pledged to be a champion for the environment by joining the Conservative Environment Network (CEN) Caucus. I have signed CEN's core pledges to promote environmental policies and protections in both my constituency and in Westminster.

Norton College visit Parliament

It was great to welcome a group of sixth formers from Norton College with an interest in politics to Parliament. We were able to give them a tour of the  Houses of Parliament and arrange for them to watch some of the proceedings in the House of Commons.