Scams and fraud are a massive issue and these crimes can happen to anyone. We can all play our part in spreading awareness and look out for potential scams. As a result of coronavirus, many people are facing issues with employment, debt, housing and health, and scammers are exploiting people during this particularly difficult time. [...]
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The 1st June marks the first day of the 37th annual Volunteers’ Week. This takes place during the UK’s Month of Community and is a celebration of the contribution and dedication of millions of volunteers who give up their time to help and improve other peoples lives. Volunteers are always at the centre of every [...]
I am delighted that the next stage of the Government’s roadmap plan has arrived. The success of the UK vaccine rollout, fall in cases and close monitoring of new variants has allowed the Government to unlock and reduce the number of coronavirus restrictions on our lives. Today’s relaxation of the rules will introduce indoor activities, [...]
Many constituents have been in contact with me recently concerned with the significant rise in pet theft over the last year. I am delighted to hear that on Saturday the Government launched the Pet Theft Taskforce to investigate the rise in pet theft since the beginning of lockdown. The taskforce will be chaired by the [...]
Today Parliament reconvened for the next parliamentary session. During the state opening of Parliament Her Majesty the Queen outlined the government’s upcoming programme in her speech to Lords and MPs. The Government’s priority is the nation’s recovery, strengthening the NHS, reforming social care, focussing on creating jobs, supporting businesses and rebooting our economy. The speech [...]
It is good news that Southampton has been awarded almost £300,000 of funding by the Government to help improve air quality within the city. Southampton City Council has been awarded the funding which will allow it to work in partnership with other local councils to more carefully monitor air quality and to help make [...]
It is excellent news that the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced today in his Budget that Southampton has been awarded freeport status. The Solent Freeport will cover sites across the region, including the Port of Southampton and Southampton Airport and will facilitate billions of investment and promises thousands of high quality jobs for the region [...]
Yesterday there was a debate in the House of Commons on the Fire Safety Bill. I and a fellow MP, Stephen McPartland had tabled a number of amendments to the Bill which sought to ensure that no leaseholder would be held liable for fire safety remediation work. Although unfortunately there was not the opportunity to [...]