News

Tier 2 Visa cap

I welcome the decision by the Home Secretary to exclude doctors and nurses from the cap on skilled worker visas. While we should continue to concentrate on growing our own workforce, the Home Secretary has recognised that, at this time, we need more nurses and doctors in the UK.

Guide Dogs UK

Today I met with guide dog owners to discuss the Guide Dogs UK campaign on pavement parking. This is a big issue and causes serious issues for blind and partially sighted people.

Ethiopia's 27th National Day

I was delighted to speak at a celebration of Ethiopia's 27th National Day. This has been a time of great change for Ethiopia, with the appointment of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his plans for political reform.

Westminster Africa Business Group

With the High Commissioner of Zambia at a business meeting I organised on behalf of the Westminster Africa Business Group, which I chair, discussing opportunities for British businesses.

FOBT stakes

Outside Parliament supporting High Street employees in bookmakers' shops whose jobs are at risk from a massive cut in FOBT stakes. My registered interests in the industry give me an insight into the risks of this policy which anti-FOBT campaigners are unaware of.

Christian Aid week

I'm pleased to be supporting #caweek this year. We #StandTogehter with Christian Aid to help those forced to leave their homes through conflict and natural disasters.

Eggs, Pigs & Poultry Industries

Not a great photo, but I went along to support the Eggs, Pigs & Poultry industries at their breakfast meeting this morning.

Supporting Greatwood Charity

With my Assistant, Katie, at Newbury racecourse supporting Greatwood charity. This excellent charity brings disadvantaged youngsters together with retired racehorses.

Small businesses

At Treasury Questions I asked the government to consider taking steps to reduce the administrative burden of tax compliance on small businesses. The FSB estimates that the average small business loses three working weeks a year to tax compliance.