I am proud to have been elected as the Member of Parliament for the Southampton Itchen Constituency.
As someone who has lived here all of my life, I know and understand the area intimately and will fight for the issues that matter most to you; your concerns are my concerns. I want to make Southampton and its residents safer, more prosperous and to make our city one of which we can all be proud.
Thank you for your support
Royston in Action
Junior Doctors Strike
Today Junior Doctors will begin a 48-hour strike where they will refuse to cover emergency care to patients. I do not blame all Junior Doctors for being concerned by having a new contract imposed on them. However, the BMA did not have to allow the dispute to get to this. The BMA claim that the […]
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The New Living Wage
Today marks the start of the new National Living Wage. This will mean that those on the lowest incomes aged 25 and over will earn the new National Living Wage of £7.20 an hour, by law. That means 1.3 million lower-paid workers will get a direct pay rise – the biggest jump in a minimum […]
Employment Support Allowance
A number of constituents have contacted me about the reforms to Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and as such I thought it would be helpful if I explained the background to these reforms and why I support them. ESA is available to people who are ill or disabled and provides financial support if you are unable […]
Personal Independence payments
I feel it is important to set out from the start that it is wrong to assume I and my colleagues are not sympathetic to people with disabilities. Of course I recognise the significant anxiety any proposed changes will place upon the many people who are reliant on PIP and on their families. Unfortunately, the […]
What Should be the Priority of Your MP?
A story appeared in The Independent on Sunday today (Sunday), which you can read here I could have ignored it and hoped it would soon be forgotten or no one would notice, but I think it is important to address the fundamental issues it raises. Firstly, it is entirely correct. I have made the fewest speeches […]