My position on Israel and Hamas

The recent activities of Hamas in Gaza, including attempts to rearm and rebuild tunnel infrastructure are deeply concerning. These actions undermine efforts to improve the situation in Gaza and harm prospects for the Middle East peace process.

The proposed closure of Northampton Coca-Cola distribution centre

Obviously I am disappointed at the proposed closure of the Coca-cola distribution centre in Northampton. Coca-Cola has assured me they have a retraining and reskilling programme in place and will be offering some of the workforce alternative positions in other plants where skills match.

Northampton Libraries

The situation of public libraries is a difficult matter involving acute pressures on Northamptonshire County Council budgets which also affect provisions of children and adults’ social care services, but please be assured many of us are trying our best to find a solution.

Animal sentience

I am committed to the very highest standards of animal welfare, and to making the UK a world leader in the field. It concerns me that some have suggested the vote my colleagues and I cast on New Clause 30 of the EU Withdrawal Bill somehow signaled a weakening in the protection of animals.

Universal credit rollout

The objective of Universal Credit is to improve and provide a more efficient access to the welfare system in Britain. At the core of this reform stands the idea that any work should pay.

Arms sales (Saudia Arabia)

First and foremost, I want to assure you that the UK has one of the most rigorous licensing regimes in the world.

Neonicotinoid insecticides and bees

I believe that bees as well as other pollinators are very significant in our food industry play a crucial role in safeguarding our environment. The UK Government has done a lot of work in the past years to protect the bees.

Scrap the cap campaign

The NHS system relies on the dedication and skills of doctors, nurses and staff to attend to the vast number of patients in the UK and it is only through their commitment and specialist knowledge that it succeeds.