Westminster News

Campaign to Cut Beer Duty

I have joined  the British Beer & Pub Association, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) by sending a ‘Message in a Barrel’, calling on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to cut beer duty in the Budget on 16th March.

Radical Overhaul at the BBC

In a report published this week, the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, of which I am a member, has recommended that the BBC needs a radical overhaul of its governance arrangements. 

Holocaust Memorial Day

This week I signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, pledging my commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust.

The Royal British Legion

I recently met with The Royal British Legion’s local Area Manager David Lowe to discuss support for the Armed Forces community.

Saving and Improving Lives

This week I showed my support for heart patients and their families by joining the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and other cardiovascular organisations to hear how they are helping to save and improve the lives of the millions of people affected by cardiovascular disease in the UK.

Childhood Obesity Strategy

Yesterday in Parliament I spoke as part of a debate on the Childhood Obesity Strategy.

Questioning Lord Coe

Yesterday in Parliament the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee heard evidence from Lord Sebastian Coe CH KBE, President of the International Association of Athletics Federations, as part of its inquiry on Blood doping in athletics.


I will vote in favour of extending air strikes on ISIL in Syria.