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Legislating for EU Withdrawal

On Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th June, the EU Withdrawal Bill will be coming back to the House of Commons to consider amendments made in the House of Lords. It has been mentioned whether twelve hours of debate time is sufficient to consider these amendments. Given that the House of Commons has debated this bill for 65 hours already, and these amendments are along the lines already debated, I believe this time is more than ample. For reasons expanded on elsewhere, I have always been clear how I would be voting throughout the process to effect our departure from the EU so I will not be voting for any amendments put forward by those attempting to frustrate our departure from the EU

Rother Valley Railway

A number of constituents have written to me regarding the Rother Valley Railway.  

Visiting Djibouti with UNICEF

This Bank Holiday weekend, I am visiting the African country of Djibouti with UNICEF. Djibouti is a small country with a population of just over one million, but hosts the key strategic port for the Horn of Africa. It is surrounded on land by Ethiopia, Somalia and Eritrea.

Visiting Djibouti with UNICEF: Community Health and Nutrition

Immunisation for children under the age of one has gone up from 80% to 90% in the last few years in Djibouti City. However, in the districts, where poverty and a lack of understanding about modern medicine can be more pronounced, these same immunisation rates are lower than 75%.

Visiting Djibouti with UNICEF: Holl Holl Refugee Camp

A 90 minute drive, on what can only loosely be described as a road, across the arid landscape towards Ethiopia, lies the Holl Holl Camp which is home to over 5,000 refugees from Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia.