Westminster News

Welcoming Climate Change activists to Westminster

I was very pleased to meet a group of Climate Change protestors from the constituency to discuss their concerns about the future of the environment as part The Time is Now mass protest in Westminster.

Inquiry into how courts deal with domestic abuse is good news

I am delighted that the Government is launching an inquiry into how family courts protect children and parents in cases of domestic abuse and other serious offences following a letter I co-signed to the Secretary of State for Justice.

Banging the drum for the North

At today’s APPG for Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire, of which I am Co-Chair, Treasury Minister, Robert Jenrick, was clear that more work is needed to tackle a generational over-reliance on London and the South East.

Eye health care needs to become a priority

I was delighted to attend an APPG parliamentary reception on Eye Health and Visual Impairment to hear more about its report following an inquiry into health services for eye care.

A boost for local post offices in Thirsk and Malton

It’s good news that the government has today announced £370 million to extend opening hours, cut queue times and protect rural branches of local post offices. Our local Post Office branches are at the heart of communities right across Thirsk and Malton.

Keeping the pressure up to resolve the ‘sleep-in’ issue

This week I raised the issue of ‘sleep-in’ payments with both the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, and the First Secretary of State, Damien Green. These are overnight care arrangements, provided by staff that sleep on-site, responding to emergency requests for support.

Another step forward for my Parental Bereavement Bill

I’ve had a very positive meeting with Treasury Minister, Margot James, about my Parental Bereavement Bill which is due to come before the House for its Second Reading on October 20th. I am very grateful to the minister for offering to support me during the Bill’s passage through Parliament.