Military action in Syria

I do not think anyone seriously doubts the barbarism of Daesh or its determination to attack Western democratic society. The terrible events in Paris on 13th November were very good evidence of that on top of the deaths of many innocent people at their hands before that. I believe their determination to attack us has very little to do with our foreign policy choices and much more to do with the choices we have made to live in a society that promotes freedoms and equalities that Daesh will never accept.  There is therefore no negotiation to be undertaken with them. 

Supporting small businesses

Most people in this country own a small business, work for a small business or know somebody who does and the small businesses in my constituency of Kenilworth and Southam are the lifeblood of our local economy. I want to do all I can to support them and I hope you will join me in doing this on Small Business Saturday which takes place on 5th December. 

Christmas card competition

Kenilworth and Southam MP Jeremy Wright has launched a competition for school children to design his official Christmas card for 2015. The competition, which Jeremy hopes to repeat each year, is open to all children attending primary schools in his constituency.

Hook a duck challenge at Party conference

The month of September heralds the start of the party conference season and I recently joined thousands of fellow Conservative Party members in Manchester. This conference saw David Cameron and other senior Cabinet members set out their vision for the country.  

Raising awareness of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

The stigma and misinformation that surrounds dementia remains a global problem. I am always keen to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease and some readers may recall I set up the All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia following my election to Parliament in 2005.

Syrian refugee situation

The present situation in the Mediterranean is intolerable.  Recent photos are clearly shocking and harrowing.  This is why we continue to be at the forefront of the international response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria – including as the second biggest bilateral donor of humanitarian aid, having already pledged £1 billion. 

My views on the Assisted Dying Bill

I can think of very few policy issues on which my position has been as hard to reach as that of so-called “Assisted dying”. The House of Lords has already considered a Bill which would change the law on someone’s potential criminal liability for helping another to die and on the 11th September the House of Commons will do the same. 

A Budget for working people

George Osborne has presented a Budget that delivers security for working people and delivers on the promises upon which we were elected.