Speeches in Parliament

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.

Enthusiastic response to my apprenticeship pilot scheme

I raise my North Yorkshire apprenticeships pilot project working with UCAS with the Minister for Skills Nick Boles.

The Minister welcomes the idea and says it will be examined for its potential to be rolled out nationally.

Welcoming record UK employment

I asked the Prime Minster in the House of Commons about today's announcement about record employment in the UK economy.