Equal Pay Advice Service

I have been contacted by The Fawcett Society who have recently launched an Equal Pay Advice Service in partnership up with the charity, YESS Law.  The service provides free confidential advice to those experiencing pay discrimination, and was made possible by a generous donation from the BBC jour

Brexit - This week's votes

I have been clear from the outset that I would work to deliver a pragmatic Brexit which protects our prosperity.  That is why I have supported the Prime Minister’s deal.  It is also why I’ve supported backbench efforts to build a consensus around the idea for a Common Market 2.0.

New Apprenticeship Scheme Launched

This month, the Department for Education have launched their new 'Fire It Up' campaign aimed at young people and employers nationwide.

Big Energy Saving Week (21 - 27 January)

This week is Big Energy Saving Week, a national campaign run by Citizens Advice and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to help people cut their energy bills and get all the financial support they are entitled to.

CLA and TFA statement on the impact of a No Deal Brexit

I have this morning received the following letter from the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) and Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) echoing the concerns of the United Kingdom’s farming unions at the disastrous impact a disorderly Brexit would have on the UK's rural economy.

Statement on the Withdrawal Agreement Vote

I said during the debate on this deal that I would be voting with the Prime Minister to deliver my commitment to constituents to try to implement Brexit.  Despite my reservations I have backed the Prime Minister’s deal.  While it is not perfect, it is good enough and the deal deserved to pass.

Procedural Votes about Brexit and Parliamentary Process

Over the last week there have been several procedural votes about Brexit and Parliamentary Process.  They have caused a surprising amount of interest in what is usually quite a dull part of procedure.  Given the level of interest I would like to explain in more detail what the votes were, why I v

NFU Statement on the impact of a No Deal Brexit on British agriculture

I have this morning received the following letter from the four Presidents of the United Kingdom’s farming unions setting out their grave concern at the severe impacts a disorderly Brexit would have, not just on farm businesses and fragile rural economies, but on the wider food industry and the e

New Year Message

As we approach the end of 2018 it is a good time to look back over the last year and take stock of what has happened in our community and country.

Energy Price Cap coming into effect

On 1 January 2019, the energy price cap comes into effect.  The price cap limits the amount you will pay for each unit of gas or electricity that you use but doesn’t limit your total bill.  The cap will be revised by Ofgem every six months and the cap may therefore go up or down in future.