ABOUT POLICY POSITIONS

We get hundreds of lobbying letters and emails every week, either asking for my support on a specific campaign, or asking for my opinion.  In the period from early October 2018, nearly half our lobbying mailbox has been about Brexit/Second Referendum. Another 20% has been asking me to support a tax increase ringfenced to support […]

AIR POLLUTION AND CLIMATE CHANGE

When Sadiq Khan took office as Mayor of London in May 2016, his first job was to go through the outgoing Mayor’s Inbox. Among other horrors was an unpublished report on air pollution near primary schools in London, and RBKC came very high on the list of most affected areas. The combination of the Westway, […]

ANIMAL SENTIENCE

I was proud to support the amendment that would enshrine animal sentience in law post-Brexit. However, I was deeply disappointed with the Government’s painful decision to vote against and overlook animal welfare as part of our terms for leaving the EU. This was simply unnecessary, and yet another example of Theresa May ignoring the views […]

BEES!

As a longstanding supporter of the ban on neonicotinoids, I welcomed the Government’s announcement that the UK will support such a ban within the EU.  This change of policy was long overdue. Campaigners in Kensington and throughout the country had been calling for the UK to take a stand against environmentally damaging and bee-killing chemicals […]

SCIENCE AND THE EU

The time has come for the government to clarify its position on access to EU and European Commission funding after Brexit. We cannot stand by while the potential loss of such resources, long-term scientific collaborations with partners across the continent has to be renegotiated and secured. This simply cannot progress until the scientific community has […]

FOOD SAFETY AFTER BREXIT

While I hope and am working for a way to remain in the European Union, we must plan for every scenario. As the Brexit negotiations proceed, I will never accept any less than the protections and rights that we already have. My 2017 General Election manifesto was clear, and I haven’t changed my mind. We […]

NHS funding via taxes

I fully support using taxes to rescue the NHS from financial crisis. As it stands, the UK spends a lower proportion of our GDP on health compared with our European neighbours such as France and Germany, and indeed lower than the EU average. This has resulted in a health crisis where with fewer doctors, beds […]

AMAZON tax avoidance

Despite recording a profit of over 72 million, Amazon paid only 1.7 million in taxes – just over 2 per cent, which it was allowed to do through the share awards system. It is indeed a travesty that the law permits companies like Amazon to avoid paying their fair share of taxes so blatantly. Unfortunately, […]