Westminster News

Tackling 'rip off' Funeral Fees

Sometimes in my casework I have to deal with sensitive subjects and one of the most heartbreaking is when a constituent has lost a loved one, thought they had a plan in place to cover the funeral only to find that this was not the case.

PIP and older people

I just wanted to confirm a brief tweak to the benefit system which I know will come as a big relief to some of my constituents making claims for care and support through Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

Todays Announcement

Stoicism, resilience, dedication and selflessness are the watchwords that define the Prime Minister’s tenure at 10 Downing Street.

Strength in numbers

Today is National Numeracy Day a great opportunity to highlight numeracy skills and encourage people of all ages to take action to improve their skills.

Lucy's Law - Puppy Farming

Many of my constituents would be pleased to hear after contacting me about this issue, I can now inform you that Parliament has recently passed legislation which enforces Lucy’s Law.  I know that some of you have been campaigning and lobbying me on this issue for many years.

Funding for special needs pupils

Across the country over a quarter of a million pupils with complex needs have benefitted from personalised Education Health and Care Plans since their introduction in 2014.  It helps a young person receive the tailored support they need to thrive.  Alongside this the High Needs Budget has risen f

World Parkinsons Day

Today is World Parkinsons Day and I recently had the opportunity to meet the lovely Parkinson's UK team to chat about the misconceptions surrounding Parkinson's.

Supporting Earth Hour

Last week I added my voice to WWF UK's Earth Hour, the world’s largest annual event to protect the planet, and joined a movement to safeguard nature and set it on the path to recovery.

The global lights out event is on Saturday 30th March at 8:30pm.

New measures to support disabled pensioners

Not many people know but the Minister for Work and Pensions, Amber Rudd first became aware of how challenging life can be with a disability by her father who became blind in 1981.

Launching Marie Curie's Daffodil Apeal

I joined forces with comedy actor Stephen Mangan and Healthcare Assistance Patricia McDonnell this week to raise awareness for Marie Curie to help them provide support to more people living with a terminal illness.