Westminster News

Fighting for Our Environment

I'm delighted to have been nominated for the award of Britain's "Greenest MP" by The Climate Coalition ahead of their #showthelove awards in March - wish me luck!

Illegal Channel Crossings

One of the big stories over Christmas was the problem of migrants trying to illegally enter the U.K. in small boats across the Channel. As Parliament returned, I offered the Home Secretary my complete support for the presumption that people who have travelled to the U.K.

Supporting Guide Dogs' Access All Areas Campaign

It was lovely to see The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association this week in Parliament and be able to pledge my support to their Access All Areas campaign.

Three quarters of assistance dog owners report that they had been refused entry by businesses because of their dog.

Celebrating Women in Public Life

One hundred years from the election of the first woman to the House of Commons, I joined my friend Kemi Badenoch MP to review the stunning exhibition of photos of every current female MP that has just opened. Kemi is pictured in front of her own portrait.

Protecting Our Climate

Working in Westminster, it's not every day you are joined by a supermodel, but it was a delight to be joined by Lily Cole as I hosted a reception to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Climate Change Act.

Standing up for Teesside in Parliament

Today there was an important debate in Parliament about the future of the Mayoral Development Corporation site in Redcar. I had some spiky exchanges with Labour's Paul Williams and Mike Hill towards the end...

Bring Back Duty Free

In 1999, EU rules forced the UK to stop offering Duty Free within Europe. After Brexit in March, I think we should bring duty free back! It brought pleasure to millions of people and would boost jobs in airports and on ferries.