Westminster News

First working day of lower taxes

It’s the first working day of the new financial year, and you’ll pay less income tax thanks to Conservatives. If you run a small business, you’ll pay lower business rates.

Labour blocks a No Deal Brexit

Last night Parliament decided (by one vote) to make it impossible for the Prime Minister to seek a No Deal Brexit. As you would expect, I voted against every stage of this awful legislation.

Labour's U-turn on free movement

Labour are guilty of the most appalling deception on freedom of movement. Despite promising they would end it, tonight they are whipping in favour of a Norway type deal, where free movement would continue. They are also whipping in favour of a second referendum.

Making sure work always pays

Today, the National Living Wage goes up by 5% to £8.21/hour, meaning 1.8m people will be £690 better off in the year ahead.

This is the fifth highest minimum wage in the world, and is key to ensuring being in work always pays better than being on welfare.

Voting to secure Brexit - Today's difficult decision

Today, I voted to leave the EU. I had to bite the bullet and accept a deal I dislike. Because as some of the longest and strongest supporters of Brexit have said, while it is not a good deal, it is better than not leaving at all. 

Voting for No Deal

Today in the House of Commons there are 'indicative votes' on how MPs wish to proceed with Brexit. I will vote FOR:

Option B - "No Deal"; and

The Right Approach to Jobs & Growth

The ONS’s summary of today’s brilliant UK jobs market news shows:

?‍? Employment at an all-time high
? Unemployment below 4% for first time in 44 years
?‍♂️ Fewest people economically inactive ever
? Wages up 3.4% - almost twice the rate of inflation

My votes on Brexit

I want to provide you with an update on my votes this week.

Yesterday I voted against removing No Deal from the table. This is clearly a terrible idea and would deprive us of all negotiating leverage.

Tell Corbyn you don't want a Second Referendum

Being an MP is a matter of taking decisions and honouring your promises. Last night, as promised, I voted against the Withdrawal Agreement. As the Attorney General’s own very honest advice made clear, the potential for our being trapped by the EU in the backstop had not been solved.

Britain's Greenest MP

It was a huge honour to be named "Britain’s Greenest MP" last night at The Climate Coalition’s Green Heart Hero Awards. The Green Heart Hero Awards recognise the work of individuals, community groups and businesses to tackle climate change and promote a cleaner future.