Austerity is over – great news

The Chancellor’s spending review heralds the end of a tough era of austerity and is welcome news for the constituency. It will mean everyone, young and old, will benefit from the massive investment in their community and local services.

Leaving the EU with a deal on October 31st

I have been absolutely clear throughout the Brexit process that we should respect the referendum decision but that it is better for businesses and jobs if we agree a deal with the EU. Like most MPs, I do not want a no deal outcome and neither does the Prime Minister.

Backing plans for a Northern Budget

Today I am calling on the Government to prioritise spending on infrastructure in the North in the spending review later this year.

Claudia’s Law comes into force today

I am delighted that families whose loved ones have disappeared or are missing can now access and control their financial affairs thanks to a new law which I took through Parliament and which comes into force today.

Giving Power to the Northern Powerhouse

The Prime Minister’s commitment to ”injecting some pace” into Northern Powerhouse rail is great news for the North. I will do everything I can to ensure it remains a priority and promise to work closely with ministers to make sure it is delivered.