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Statement on my Votes regarding the Northern Ireland Bill

I have received many emails from constituents regarding last night's votes on the Northern Ireland (Executive) Bill, and I want to take this opportunity to set out my position and the reasoning behind how I voted.

National Lottery's 25th Birthday

In Parliament last week, I celebrated The National Lottery’s 25th birthday, where I learned more about their £40 billion worth of investment in good causes.

Presenting Awards at Prince Henry's High School

On Friday I had the privilege of giving a speech to over 100 pupils at Prince Henry's High School and their parents/carers at their annual Speech Day awards ceremony, before presenting prizes to the top achievers of the year.

Celebrating US-UK Relations on Independence Day

Today I asked the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Wright QC, to join me in celebrating the US-UK relationship, on the day which marks 243 years since the US became an independent nation. Both of us have American spouses, so there was nothing but celebration and jubilation in the Chamber today. 

Supporting a New Environment Manifesto

Earlier this week I gave my full support to the launch of a new environmental manifesto that explores new policy ideas to address climate change and biodiversity loss.

PoliFest 2019 event for Youth Participation

Last week, I participated in PoliFest 2019, the first political sporting event organised by Shout Out UK, a youth network that builds and boosts political engagement.

Question about Rural Drug Trafficking

Today I asked the Attorney General what he was doing to assist local police forces like West Mercia Police and rural agencies to help tackle drug trafficking in rural areas, which affects constituencies like Mid Worcestershire as much as urban towns and cities.

School Funding Meeting

Today I also joined a cross-party group of MPs to meet with West Midlands headteachers to discuss education funding. Myself and my colleagues have been lobbying hard for a real-terms increase in school funding, which I hope the Spending Review delivers on.

Question to the Prime Minister about the Tourism Sector Deal

At Prime Minister's Questions earlier today I asked Theresa May to join me in welcoming the Government's recent Tourism Sector Deal, which will see a greater collaboration between Government and the tourism industry through the creation of new apprenticeships and new Tourism Zones, which will bri