I have been approached by several constituents regarding changes to our schooling system announced in the most recent budget, predominantly regarding the move for all secondary schools to achieve academy status, and want to set out my view on this. My understanding is that State funded City Technology Colleges ...
April 6, 2016B
Yesterday in Parliament we had a vote on HS2.During the election campaign I stated that if I was elected I would not vote for any Government Infrastructure project such as HS2, unless and until Plymouth’s rail and air link had a financed and clear plan for delivery.I am acutely aware ...
March 24, 2016B
I will begin by saying how important it is to stress the understanding of parliamentarians that junior doctors already work incredibly hard across a 7-day period. I think it is hugely unfortunate that this has become phrased in such a way to suggest otherwise as this is such a long ...
March 21, 2016B
In April 2017, changes will be introduced for new claimants, but not currents ones, in the Employment Support Allowance (ESA) Work-Related Activity Group (WRAG). These changes will mean that new claimants from April 2017 will be placed on the same rate as those claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA). Quite importantly, ...
March 17, 2016B
In May last year, I was elected as the Member of Parliament for Plymouth Moor View. I was a little over a year out of the army, based in the Citadel on the Hoe, and had spent the previous 14 months on the campaign trail across the north of Plymouth ...
March 14, 2016B
There are many reasons that one chooses to put oneself forward to be a Member of Parliament. Seldom is anything as it first appears, and this job would align with that.But as I returned from my third combat tour of Afghanistan in four years at the end of 2010, it ...
March 10, 2016B
March 7, 2016B
There was a commotion by the back gate. I grabbed my rifle and headed over. The week beforehand I was shooting in through the hinges at insurgents trying to over-run the base that was now my home for another hot summer in the Afghan desert. The gate was ...
February 16, 2016B
"This week started with a lunch meeting with Chancellor George Osborne on Monday with my other MP's from the South West, to talk about the Railway.It was fantastic to see the collegiate approach and togetherness from all of the MP's present, to force home the message of how important the ...
February 7, 2016B
Today, Friday 5 February, Johnny Mercer MP secured a commitment from Chair of the Defence Select Committee, Dr Julian Lewis MP, to hold an inquiry into the actions of the ongoing Iraq Historic Allegation Team investigation.The inquiry will be spearheaded by the Member of Parliament for Plymouth Moor View in ...
February 5, 2016B
"This week we faced the challenge once again of ensuring that our part of the United Kingdom receives the investment we deserve, after it was revealed last weekend that the funding for two very important studies into our Rail Link was withdrawn by Network Rail.Although the Government could do little ...
January 30, 2016B
Britain is doing good work for refugees in the camps - but it needs to do more for the ones who reach Europe Refugee children are increasingly being forgotten once they arrive on the continent.When I visited Turkey’s border with Syria in September, a refugee mother begged me ...
January 22, 2016B
A LANDMARK report out yesterday details how 83,000 UK troops have beenafflicted by physical or mental injury – exposing the true human toll of conflicts since the First Gulf War.It is of critical importance and the first time an attempt has been made to measure empirically the “State of the ...
January 12, 2016B
Today a critical report on the Vetern’s Landscape in the UK was released by Kings College London. Here is my response calling for total reform of Veteran’s Care to meet this challenge.View full report here
January 12, 2016admin