Westminster News

Tenant Fee Ban? Yes, but how will we enforce it?

I have given a lot of thought to the whole issue of banning tenant fees. After all, I am the co-founder, Chairman and principal shareholder in a lettings and estate agency business with over 200 offices nationwide. So, if the Government does ban the fees, my company stands to lose out.

Grant boost for farmers pre-Brexit

I’m pleased to hear that there’s been another round of Rural Development Programme funding for farmers. For the first time there will be specific funding available to invest in new infrastructure, such as new buildings and machinery as well as broadband projects.

10 key Conservative achievements in 2017

      1.   Unemployment is now at its lowest rate since 1975. It currently stands at 4.5 per cent – down 0.4 per cent over the past year and down 3.5 per cent since 2010.

 Source: ONS, Labour Market Statistics, 12 July 2017

More money for schools in Thirsk and Malton

It’s great news that there will be an additional £1.3 billion for schools funding over the next two years which will help create more good school places in the constituency.

I will oppose proposals that could weaken shale gas protections

This week I met with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, to make it absolutely clear that I would oppose any changes to shale gas exploration which might weaken protections to the landscape and environment.

Contaminated blood – an inquiry at last

I am delighted that Theresa May has announced a full inquiry into how contaminated blood transfusions infected thousands of people with hepatitis C and HIV.