This week's update will not include any of my work.Jo Cox, our fellow colleague of 2015 vintage, was murdered in a targetted attack in her constituency on Thursday morning.I did not know Jo particularly well. I was aware she was a fellow boat-dweller with her young family, and I met ...
June 17, 2016B
I’m delighted that today a planning application for 65 houses on the edge of Tamerton Foliot has been refused.Whilst there is clearly a need for additional housing in Plymouth, this development was on an inappropriate site, just outside the Plymouth border, and would have a very real impact on Plymouth ...
June 10, 2016B
It’s Thursday night and I’ve just put the girls to bed. We’re living rough for a few days; it’shalf term so I can’t let them enjoy it too much. As if that wasn’t bad enough, I’m putting them through an EU referendum debate on Sky.The PM is on; my seven-year-old remembers ...
June 6, 2016B
For the last few weeks I have been running a poll that has been aimed at improving engagement in politics; hopefully you will have seen it…The question posed is the same as the one on the fast approaching date of June 23rd – whether or not the UK should remain ...
May 31, 2016B
May has been a busy month..and is summer finally here?!The month of May started with the local elections. Whilst being successful, they were not as successful as I had hoped, with three seats being retained by their current Councillor by less than a hundred votes. ...
May 27, 2016B
On Friday, 13th May, Plymouth MP, Johnny Mercer, convened the first ‘Plymouth Brain Drain’ conference aimed at tackling the exodus of young talented individuals of all trades from Plymouth to pursue careers elsewhere in the country.Despite holding the conference on the supposed unluckiest day, the worst luck that befell the ...
May 25, 2016B
For many years, British service personnel have been treated with a controversial anti-malaria drug despite warnings issued by its manufacturer. The Commons defence select committee, of which I am a member, has heard from scientists, lawyers and servicemen to try to understand why.Malaria is a fatal disease and requires a ...
May 24, 2016B
Another month and another office expense... this time for Social Media.The fact is that I am not one that enjoys spending all of his time on Facebook and Twitter, yet accepts that it is an important part of being a Member of Parliament in 2016. There is ...
May 14, 2016B
Looking after our people is as important now as it has ever been. It is not as alluring; it is not as potentially compelling as many preparations for war. But it is as important as any other preparation.For if we consider what compels a soldier to fight, that moral component ...
May 3, 2016B
Compassion and caution must both be at the heart of our response to the refugee crisis It is only fair that if one asks the government to do more, we should acknowledge when it does so. The Syrian conflict moves at a frightening pace. The families caught up ...
April 23, 2016B
Johnny Mercer MP will be hosting a ‘brain drain’ conference later this year to tackle issues surrounding the reasons why so many skilled young people and graduates leave Plymouth each year to find workToday, Friday 22 April, Johnny Mercer MP announced Plymouth’s first ‘brain drain conference’ targeted at retaining talented ...
April 22, 2016B
The easter break now seems a distant memory. We spent a great deal of time out on the doors campaigning in Plymouth for some crucial local elections on May 5th. We have some brilliant candidates standing - new, fresh to politics, young and exciting. ...
April 21, 2016B
I was made aware early yesterday, 14th April, about delays for commuters from Plymouth due to a broken down rail replacement train between Liskeard and Saltash.My office raised this directly with Great Western Railway, Cross Country Trains and Network Rail, pressing them on details as to why initial assessments circulated ...
April 15, 2016B
April 14, 2016B
Democracy is a precious thing. In 2014, we saw a referendum in Scotland as to whether the Scottish people wanted to remain part of the United Kingdom.The question put before the Scottish people ignited strong emotions on both sides of the argument. Democracy in action is a beautiful thing, but ...
April 13, 2016B