Speeches in Parliament

Lord and Lady Brittan's ordeal at the hands of the Metropolitan Police

In  a Westminster Hall debate about the Henriques Report into Operation Midland I outlined the appalling treatment meted out to one of my predecessors, Lord Leon Brittan, and his wife, Lady Diana, by the Metropolitan Police's handling of an historic - and groundless - abuse allegation against Lor

The importance of integration

Welcoming the Casey Report into opportunity and integration among our minority communities, I stressed how important it is that Britain's new communities integrate properly and have an obligation to embrace a common British identity.

Defending the rural economy

In a Westminster Hall debate about a proposed ban on driven grouse shooting, I spoke in defence of the industry and the contribution it makes to the rural economy and wildlife diversity in the moorland of northern England.

Pressing the case of constituent Nicholas Simpson jailed in India

In the Commons I raised the issue of my constituent Nicholas Simpson, of Catterick Garrison, one of the "Chennai Six" currently jailed in India having been convicted of gun running.

I pressed Foreign Office Minister Alok Sharma tomorrow to do everything possible to resolve his case.

Fighting for everyone's right to decent broadband

Sitting on the Digital Economy Bill Committee, I spoke in favour of the Bill's introduction of a universal service obligation for 10mbs broadband - making it a legal right to receive a decent broadband service.