I am relieved and happy that a trade deal with the European Union has been secured this afternoon. We will need to scrutinise the detail of the deal as it emerges. But a deal is what we all wanted and this is what we now have. Brexit has happened. We now are taking full [...]
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It is disappointing news that Southampton, along with almost all of the rest of Hampshire will enter Tier 4 restrictions from Boxing Day. This is not what any of us could have wanted, but these restrictions are needed to keep us all safe. We are fortunate that we are avoiding tougher rules on Christmas [...]
The Prime Minister announced this evening tighter restrictions for over the Christmas period which is disappointing news for us all. A new coronavirus variant has emerged which spreads considerably more quickly. Cases are now on the rise again, including in Southampton. In the past week the number of cases has increased by over 50% [...]
The Government is proposing to ban the export of animals for slaughter and fattening abroad. Many have long called for an end to this practice where livestock and even horses are subject to long journeys in cramped conditions just to be fattened up or killed overseas. These plans also intend to cut the amount [...]
This is my take on the relative merits and weaknesses of the tier system which I voted on earlier this week. Let’s consider what happens when someone contracts Covid-19. Some people don’t show symptoms, others die. Some patients who survive coronavirus suffer from significant and long-term impacts to their health. Spending days and weeks [...]
Earlier this month, I asked the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government a series of question on subjects relating to cladding on behalf of people living in Southampton. Many leaseholders of high rise flats have yet to receive adequate support for fire safety improvements and I have been leading a campaign [...]
It was announced earlier today that Southampton will be placed in Tier 2 (High Alert) when the national lockdown restrictions come to an end next week. From 2nd December, mixing between households under the ‘rule of six’ will only be permitted in public outside. People must not socialise with anyone you do not live [...]
The Prime Minister announced yesterday the plan for when the national lockdown restrictions come to an end next Wednesday. As before there will be a ‘three-tier system’ but in all tiers non-essential non-essential shops, personal care services, gyms and sporting facilities will be allowed to reopen. I know this news will be a relief [...]
This week the Government announced the largest investment in our nation’s defence in 30 years. We live in uncertain times, so this is very good news as it helps to reinforce our place in the world now we have left the EU. An extra £24 billion will be invested in our national security over [...]
The Prime Minister announced today a ten-point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, covering clean energy, transport and nature. This will create and support up to 250,000 highly-skilled jobs and allow us to end our contribution to climate change by 2050. This is really good news for Southampton. The proposals include bespoke support for [...]