Inquiry on the banking industry

On the 5 July the Commons voted on holding an inquiry into the banking industry.

My colleagues and I voted in favour of an independent, judge-led inquiry into the proffessionalism in the banking sector. However the Government favoured a parliamentary inquiry.

The issue was debated in the House of Commons and a majority voted in favour of a Parliament-led inquiry.

What’s most important is that the inquiry reports swiftly and that the banks are made to act.

Introduction of an Arms Trade Treaty

This July final negotiations will begin on the introduction of an Arms Trade Treaty. I know many of you have contacted me to pledge your support for this.

I agree that there should be international regulations on this global industry. Currently it is down to individual countries whether or not they have rules on arms trade. A global treaty would set clear guidelines that everyone had to stick to.

I have written to the Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, Mark Prisk MP to raise this issue. When I receive a reply I will update this section of my website.

Ministerial reply on Beer Duty

I have now recieved a reply from Chloe Smith MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury regarding the Beer Duty Escalator.

Please click into the article to see the full response.

Ministerial reply on the GCA

I have now recieved a reply from Norman Lamb MP, Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs regarding the Groceries Code Adjudicator.

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Ministerial reply on fuel prices

I have now received a reply from Chloe Smith MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury regarding the Fair Fuel UK campaign.

Please click into the article to read the reply.

Changes to the law on communications

The Government has not yet revealed the full extent of its plans to change the law to allow it to monitor emails and websites.

Health and Social Care Bill- Update

The Health and Social Care Bill has now been passed by both Houses of Parliament and has become law. The Bill was given Royal Assent on the 27th March.

My colleagues and I continuously voted against the Bill however, the Government used it’s majority to push it through.

Ministerial response on the protection of hares (EDM 2531)

I have now received a reply from Richard Benyon, MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Natural Environment and Fisheries regarding Early Day Motion 2531 on the protection of hares.

Tax avoidance and loopholes

Tax loopholes and avoidance are a major concern and as a member of the Public Accounts Committee, my colleagues and I are pressing HMRC to close these loopholes. For the full report by the committee into this issue click here

I have also raised this matter with David Gauke, MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury and when I receive a reply I will update this section of the website.

Legal Aid

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill is currently being debated and amended in the House of Lords.

The Government has cut the Ministry of Justice budget by 23 percent. These cuts to social welfare legal aid will leave the most vulnerable without any legal support when things go wrong

Groceries Code Adjudicator

Some of you have contacted me expressing your interest in the introduction of a Groceries Code Adjudicator.

I will raise this campaign with the Rt Hon Vince Cable, MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and when I receive a reply I will update this section of my website.

Events in Silwan, East Jerusalam

The planned eviction of residents in the town of Silwan in East Jerusalem has concerned many of you.

I have raised the concerns about the UK Government’s response to this situation with the Foreign Secretary, William Hague MP. I will update this section of my website once I receive a response.

'Put the environment at the heart of the UK economy'

Sustainability and environmental impacts must be considered in economic planning and I have been copied into emails to the Chancellor calling for this. When I was shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change I championed green job creation as an opportunity to boost the economy. I have also raised this issue separately with the Chancellor and will let you know the answer I receive.

The 'Big Switch' campaign

Like you I am also concerned about the soaring energy bills that are effecting millions. I believe it is essential that we see reform of the energy market, something which I campaigned for as Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, and I am pleased to support the big switch campaign. At a time when families are facing record fuel bills the Government needs to step in and support them.

I do not sign EDMs, but I have raised the campaign with the Rt Hon Ed Davey, MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and when I receive a reply I will update this section of my website.

Early Day Motion (EDM) 2785- Beer Duty Escalator

Like many businesses in my constituency I am aware that pubs are also suffering during the economic downturn. I do not sign EDMs but I have raised this with Mark Prisk, MP, Minister of State for business and Enterprise to ask about the support the Government are giving to these businesses at this time. I will update this section once I’ve heard back from the minister.

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