Westminster News

Swearing the Oath of Allegiance

On Wednesday 14th June I swore an oath of allegiance to the Crown. This process – known as ‘swearing in’ – dates back to the Promissory Oaths Act of 1868 and all Members of the House of Commons are required to participate before they can take their seats in Parliament.

April Report

Due to the upcoming General Election, Parliament will be dissolved at midnight on 2nd May.

Statement on General Election Announcement

The Prime Minister has announced her intention to call a general election on June 8th. In accordance with the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, a two thirds majority of MPs is required to approve the election.

Calling for Government Investment in British Creative Industries

I was in the House of Commons for Culture, Media and Sport Questions on today to ask Secretary of State Karen Bradley whether the Government agreed that the UK’s creative industries are best served by investment in local talent pools rather than EU funding or other channels of foreign investment.

False sickness claims could increase cost of foreign holidays

I met with the Justice Secretary, Liz Truss, to discuss the growing issue of fraudulent ‘gastric illness’ claims against holiday companies.  While it is perfectly fair and reasonable for anyone who becomes ill on holiday to make a claim against a tour operator if their illness was the fault of fo

Select Committee trip to Barcelona

I joined four MP colleagues from the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on a trip to Barcelona, Spain this week as part of the committee’s investigation into the impact of Brexit on tourism and the creative industries.  Barcelona was chosen because of its reputation as an increasingly impo

OFCOM announcement on BTs future

After months of negotiation and uncertainty, communications regulator, OFCOM, today announced it had come to an agreement with BT on the structure of its relationship with BT Openreach.