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Dear Colleague Letters

Government Ministers circulate "Dear Colleague Letters" which layout and explain major Government policy proposals, bills before Parliament and announcements. You can view them all here to find out more information about Government policy.

Foreign Affairs Select Committee Work (2017-2018)

In September, I was honoured to be elected to the Foreign Affairs Committee by my colleagues. On the Foreign Affairs Committee, I held the Foreign Office and its ministers to account, examining its expenditure, administration and policy. 

Holding Government to Account

Written questions allow Members of Parliament to ask government ministers for information on the work, policy and activities of government departments. They are a valuable tool which MPs can use to hold government to account, and I am keen to use them as best I can to seek out information which can be used to improve things for my constituents in Wealden.

Home Affairs Committee Work (2015-2017)

Select Committees are cross-party groups of MPs which check and report on the work of government departments, as well as on more general issues of public concern and interest within a particular policy area.When I started out as your MP, I was honoured to be elected by my new colleagues as a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee, the committee which holds the Home Secretary and her department to account for its work and policies.

Caring For Our Elderly

I’m honoured to have been a former Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Ageing and Older People.

Making Gatwick a Better Neighbour

In many ways we are lucky to have a major international airport of Gatwick’s stature and reputation so close to Wealden. For holidaymakers travelling to sunnier climes, or local businesses exporting their goods to both domestic and foreign markets, having a well-connected airport is both useful and vital.

Surgeries Throughout Wealden

When I was campaigning for your vote during the election, I promised that I would be accountable to you. When you did me the honour of electing me as Wealden's MP and it was time to give my maiden speech in the House of Commons, I pledged to follow the advice of Winnie the Pooh when he said that "You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes."

Combating Domestic Violence

It is a sad but inescapable truth that domestic violence is a horrific reality for thousands of people, both women and men, around the UK in 21st century Britain. Alongside rape, sexual exploitation and trafficking, domestic violence is an inexcusable crime. It is even present in Wealden, where domestic abuse crimes rose to 532 in 2014/15 and the number of domestic abuse incidents reached 742.