Westminster News

Climate Change Lobby

At the ‘Time is Now’ climate lobby last week, one of the issues which was raised with me were reports that the VAT on solar panels was to be increased from 5% to 20%. I have written to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury to ask whether these reports are accurate.

No Deal

The issue of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit has been raised during the Conservative Party Leadership Election, which has prompted a number of constituents to write in concerned about this.

Conservative Party Leadership

I backed Matt Hancock in the first round and after he withdrew from the race I have spoken to all the candidates in the final four to ask them about their Brexit and domestic policies. I am reassured that none of them want ‘No Deal’ and it is clear that Parliament will not allow this to happen.

Brexit Update - June 2019

I wanted to provide an update regarding  the opposition day motion on Wednesday 12th June.

Indicative Votes - 1st April

Tonight’s Indicative Votes

Once again, the House of Commons had the chance to vote on a series of options relating to Brexit. Below is a summary of how I voted.

 

I voted for the following options.

 

Common Market 2.0

How I voted on the Indicative Votes

Thank you to everyone who has written in with their views on today’s indicative votes. These are momentous times and if there is one positive it is that so many people are engaged with democracy and the political process right now.

Brexit Update - 26th March 2019

Yesterday the House of Commons voted to take control of tomorrow's Parliamentary business to pave the way for “indicative votes”, which will allow MPs to choose between various options.

Brexit Update 25/3/19

This will be a decisive week in Westminster and things will move incredibly quickly. I am very well aware of the number of signatures on the “Revoke Article 50” petition, which reflects the fact Wimbledon voted 71% to remain.

Brexit Update - Mid March 2019

Last week was another chaotic and momentous week in Westminster. As ever, I wanted to provide you with an update on my work and my views. I apologise for the length of this update, but there is much to cover.

 

The Withdrawal Agreement

Statement Wednesday 13th March

Tonight the Government Whips asked me to vote against the motion, as amended, to reject ‘No Deal’.

I could not do this as I regard ‘No Deal’ as a disaster. Therefore I abstained, despite being a Government Minister.