Speeches and Questions

Is Chequers Absolutely Dead In The Water?

During the debate over the future relationship between the UK and EU I challenged the Government benches over whether the Chequers deal is absolutely dead in the water. Continue reading

Vote Leave Donation

I asked Dominic Raab to explain what he knew about the illegal donation made by Vote Leave to BeLeave. It's vital the man who’s supposed to be batting for Britain in Brussels projects integrity, authority & credibility. He has to clear name before first meeting with Barnier. Continue reading

Why Does The Prime Minister Keep Dancing To The Tune Of The European Research Group?

The Prime Minister came to the House to answer questions on the NATO Summit, I asked her why she keeps dancing to the Brexiteers tune. The ink is barely dry on her Chequers deal, but she’s killing it by capitulating to the likes of Rees-Mogg. Continue reading

Steel Summit: Steel 2020 Contains A Detailed Road Map On What Can Be Done

The British steel industry is hobbled by punitive energy costs (far higher than in Germany, France & Netherlands). In January 2017 the all party group on Steel produced 'Steel 2020', with recommendations on how to reduce costs. Claire Perry promised she'll read it. Looking forward to her feedback! Continue reading

Steel Summit: Closure Of The Blast Furnace & Coke Ovens Was An Act Of Industrial Vandalism

During a Westminster Hall debate, secured by my colleague Anna Turley, I called the closure of the blast and coke ovens in Redcar an action of industrial vandalism which led to the loss of a strategic asset for our country.  Continue reading

Chequers Proposal Is A Bureaucratic Nightmare That’s Riddled With Complexity And Ambiguity

The Chequers proposal is a bureaucratic nightmare that’s riddled with complexity and ambiguity. Surely the Prime Minister must now stop trying to re-invent the wheel, and commit instead to an EEA-based Brexit? My question to her in the House: Continue reading

Demolition Of Khan Al-Ahmar

It is devastating to see destruction of Khan Al-ahmar. Two years ago I visited and met many wonderful people doing their best to live in peace. It is time to recognise Palestine and to impose sanctions and cease all trade with the illegally occupied territories. I called on the Government to do this in Parliament.  Continue reading

This Is Not Project Fear, This Is Happening Right Here, Right Now

"This is not Project Fear, this is happening right here, right now." My question to the Prime Minister, highlighting massive drop in investment in automotive, plummeting FDI, and urging her to commit to an EEA-based Brexit Continue reading

Contaminated Blood Inquiry

This appalling contaminated blood scandal has blighted the lives of many, including some of my constituents. That the inquiry is finally getting underway is very good news, although it has taken us far too long to get here. Vital now that the Government co-operates fully with the inquiry. Continue reading

Russian Federation activity in the UK and globally

In a Westminster Hall debate I argued that Britain must engage with Russia as it is, and not how we would like it to be. We must understand the history, culture, interests and foreign policy objectives of this vast nation, whilst also being absolutely clear, strong and resolute in the face of Russian aggression. Continue reading