Westminster News

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.

Championing the Puffin

I was delighted to attend an award ceremony in Westminster to mark the first anniversary of the Species Champions project. The project brings together MPs and conservationists from a partnership of 9 wildlife organisations to work on behalf of threatened species.

Guide Dogs

Kevin Hollinrake MP attended a Guide Dogs for the Blind Association event at the House of Commons on 3 July to hear about their Streets Ahead campaign. The charity wants to make pavement parking an offence, except in areas where local authorities grant specific exemptions.

Public Sector Pay Cap

I agree entirely with those who believe that more money should be found for the Health Service and Education. Some of this could be spent on wage increases for those most in need, such as nurses, and some would go into providing a better service for everyone.

The DUP deal and what it really means

This week the Prime Minister announced a £1 billion deal with the Democratic Unionist Party in return for its support in crucial votes.

New appointment for MP for Thirsk and Malton

Thirsk and Malton MP, Kevin Hollinrake, has today announced that he has been appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP.

The Queen’s Speech. 21st June

Today’s Queen's Speech was dominated by legislation to deliver Brexit over the next two years. In a low-key event, Her Majesty announced 27 new bills, including 8 which relate to Brexit covering trade, immigration, fisheries, nuclear safety, agriculture and sanctions.

Tragedy at Grenfell Tower

This terrible tragedy has traumatised the entire nation. Our thoughts are with all those directly affected and our thanks must go once again to our superb emergency services.

Proposed New Planning Rules for Shale Gas

I have worked closely with North Yorkshire County Council to develop their Draft Minerals and Waste Plan, which offers significant protection to our precious landscapes and existing local economies.

The General Election

In politics today surprises, it seems, are the order of the day. The Prime Minister’s announcement this week was a whopper. No one saw it coming, and certainly not the media which, I have to say, is somewhat gratifying.