Policy views

My views on policy and legislation in Parliament

Vote on the House of Lords proposed amendments to the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill

I absolutely support the need for the rights of European Citizens in the UK to be clarified and protected and I understand the worry that this must be causing many at present.

These rights, and importantly also those of UK citizens living in the EU, need to be negotiated and secured. That said, the House of Lords amendments did not, in my view, cover the full extent of those required negotiations.

This Government has a difficult task ahead to negotiate all terms of our exit from the EU and it is vital that this is not restricted by narrow legislation in any way.

This does not diminish my support for UK citizens living in uncertainty in the EU or vice versa. However, the focus must now be to press forward to secure the best possible terms across the board.

Bees and the use of neonicotinoids

I totally agree that bees and other pollinators play a vital role and am supportive of the action this government has taken to protect these creatures.

I take on board your concerns that this may not continue beyond Brexit but would stress the strong contribution this government made to reviews conducted by the European Commission on this matter and whilst decisions are made currently at European level, I would hope that a sensible approach would continue in the years to come.

Suggested amendment to the Hunting Act

As you will probably be aware, prior to the voting on this being postponed last Summer, I had been balloting my constituents via an online voting system and planned to vote in accordance with the majority. The results of that Direct Democracy poll seem to suggest that the majority of people would be against any amendments and therefore that is how I would, and will in future, vote on the subject.