Speeches in Parliament

Tiger farming in Laos still flourishing, I tell the House

In Foreign Office Questions I draw the Foreign Secretary's attention to the plight of tigers in Laos. A year after the Laos Government said it would ban the practice of tiger farming the trade is still flourishing.

Fighting for transport for the North

I argue for more infrastructure spending in the North of England to improve transport networks and unlock the region's economic potential

Safeguarding mental health patients

I speak in support of Steve Reed's Private Member's Bill - The Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill - which introduces safeguards for people being treated in mental health units and specifically about the use of force in them.

Speaking up for Servicemen and women

Speaking in a Commons debate about Armed Forces Pay, I stress to the Minister the importance of the Armed Forces Covenant in making sure servicemen and women are not disadvantaged because of their Service.

Defending the roll-out of Universal Credit

I spoke in favour of the continued roll-out of Universal Credit, the Government's simplification of the benefits system which aims to help people back into work.

Why the UK continues to attract foreign investors

I speak in a Westminster Hall debate on Foreign Direct Investment in the UK 2016-17, explaining why Britain continues to attract foreign investors after the vote to leave the EU last year.