Westminster News

Trade Deals with the USA

It is very encouraging that the USA has said that they very much want to do trade deals with the UK when we leave the EU, probably sector by sector to start with.

Safe Staffing Saves Lives

It was great to meet with NHS staff from across the South West at the Royal College of Nurses event in Westminster. Thank you to those who shared their stories, including my constituent Ewout. We need to more ensure safe and effective care is provided for staff as well as patients. 

Cancer Research UK- Shoulder To Shoulder

I met with the Cancer research UK team in Westminster to discuss their new #ShoulderToShoulder campaign. Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer.

Overseas Aid Debate

It was a privilege to lead a debate in the House of Commons on the use of our overseas aid budget yesterday. Spending 0.7% of our GNI is a source of great pride for the UK, but we also need to ensure that aid spending is transparent and that the money goes to those most in need.


It was good to meet members of my constituency in Westminster for The Time is Now campaign.  Together we discussed climate change, plastic pollution and actions we can take to reach the net-zero emission target in 2050.  My team have made a note of your comments and will be looking to see what mo

Vote of Confidence

 I apologise for the length of this post, but I wanted to give you the full picture of why I have taken the stances and actions I have, because I did not arrive at those decisions lightly.


Update: Brexit Negotiations

I cannot support the proposals made by the Prime Minister and the Cabinet yesterday. Neither, it seems, could the Brexit Secretary, Dominic Raab, who has resigned.

Trade mission to Rwanda and Uganda

Last month, I led a trade mission to Uganda and Rwanda with two businesses operating in the UK. We met with British High Commissioner to Rwanda, Jo Lomas, in addition to visiting companies and factories across Kigali and Kampala.

Conservative Party Conference

I have just returned from Conservative Party Conference, which is not only a time for discussing party political issues, but to meet with a wide range of charities and organisations to discuss their campaigns.

UPDATE: Brexit Proposals

As someone who campaigned and voted for Brexit myself, I have a lot of concerns about the proposals made at Chequers regarding the terms on which we will leave the European Union.