Every day I receive dozens of campaign emails from constituents concerned about a huge variety of national issues. It is important for me to prioritise the casework and personal concerns of my constituents, I have therefore made it my policy not to respond individually to email campaigns. Instead, I will aim to post my responses on this section of my website.
As a rule I will not sign EDMs. I am afraid that they have little impact on parliamentary outcome and they cost a significant amount of taxpayers’ money to orchestrate. I believe that a better outcome is the informal manner in which my own Government makes its ministers available to MPs, such as me, for surgeries or other meetings or the formal debate time when MPs get to ask questions of Government departments. In this way, MPs can express interest around Government policies and make suggestions as to how policies can be developed to good effect. I do this as a matter of course and consider all communications received by constituents when determining what matters to raise to Ministers