Westminster News

Water ownership - public or private?

In recent weeks a number of constituents have been writing to me about EDM1761.  I do not by convention, sign any Early Day Motions, as doing so is likely to breach the Ministerial Code's rules on collective responsibility. 

Changes to Universal Credit over Christmas

The Secretary of State for Department of Work and Pensions has confirmed that in the run up to Christmas the DWP should be ensuring that anybody who makes a claim for Universal Credit knows who to contact and what support is available.

MPs - play a charity album for Xmas!

They were formed in 2004 and are the world's only Parliamentary rock band!

MP4 is a band made up of Kevin Brennan MP (Labour - guitar + vox), Rt Hon Sir Greg Knight MP (Conservative - drums) Pete Wishart MP (SNP - keyboards + vox) and former MP Ian Cawsey (Labour - bass guitar)

Child Tax Credits for people who adopt

From today the Government has extended support in Child Tax Credits for parents who adopt children from local authority care or care for them under a non-parental caring arrangement.

Sports Shooting

A number of residents wrote to me earlier in the year raising concerns about the future of rifle shooting as a sport.  I am writing to provide you with a brief update on the situation.

Blood Cancer and stem cells

The Anthony Nolan Trust has been running events in Parliament to raise awareness about stem cells and blood cancer.

Universal Credit Work Allowances

Universal Credit and the work allowance has been a topic of much debate in Westminster over the past few days.  Universal Credit is a major reform that will transform the welfare state in Britain.

Asylum Accomodation Debate

The Asylum Accommodation debate took place in Westminster Hall this week, which a number of residents asked me to attend.

Beer Duty Campaign

Many residents over the last few weeks have contacted me regarding a campaign to freeze and reduce beer duty.