At midnight tonight I will no longer be the Member of Parliament for Southampton Itchen. I have served the city both locally and nationally for over 25 years but now it’s time to move on to new challenges. It’s an overused statement, but it really has been the honour of my life.


Statement on PHSO report into changes to the State Pension age.


I have been contacted in the past by many constituents about the changes to the State Pension age. I am very much aware of this issue and subsequent campaigns and legal action through the last few years. This issue has been acknowledged many times. I am aware that on the 21 March 2024, the Parliamentary and [...]

Statement on PHSO report into changes to the State Pension age.2024-04-03T11:47:53+00:00

Statement on the Israel-Hamas war


I have been contacted by many constituents over the past months who have expressed their concerns about the terrible war between Israel and Hamas. Large numbers of Palestinians are suffering in Gaza and we must do all we can to bring an end to this awful conflict. The Foreign Secretary, David Cameron, has been clear [...]

Statement on the Israel-Hamas war2024-03-08T15:19:42+00:00

British Liver Trust’s Parliamentary Liver Awareness Day


Last week, I attended the British Liver Trust’s Parliamentary Liver Awareness Day. It was good to learn about the importance of early detection and the management of liver disease. Liver disease is currently the second biggest cause of premature mortality and lost working years of life in England and Wales. Improving diagnosis of liver disease [...]

British Liver Trust’s Parliamentary Liver Awareness Day2024-01-22T15:09:24+00:00

The Polygon School receive the British Council’s International School Award


Congratulations to The Polygon School who have received the British Council's International School Award. This recognises the incredible work The Polygon School have been doing to enrich their curriculum with an understanding of the world around them. I was delighted to meet with Ben and Sarah from The Polygon School as they were presented with [...]

The Polygon School receive the British Council’s International School Award2024-01-19T12:38:55+00:00

The National Spitfire Project’s No10 Reception


Last Thursday, the Prime Minister hosted a reception in Number 10 for the National Spitfire Project. As a trustee of the project - I spoke at the event and highlighted the Trust’s determination to deliver this very fitting tribute to all those who designed, manufactured and of course flew this iconic aircraft. Comparable to the [...]

The National Spitfire Project’s No10 Reception2023-12-06T15:25:25+00:00

Statement on the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.


The UK is working using all diplomatic channels, bilaterally and collectively in the region, to ensure that this conflict which has cost so many lives already, can be brought to an end. The reality is that Hamas have no interest in a ceasefire. They have no interest in resolution, they have never attempted to engage [...]

Statement on the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.2023-11-15T16:27:24+00:00

Campaign Force UK ‘Veterans In Politics’ Podcast Episode


I was pleased to chat with Jonny Ball from Campaign Force UK sharing my story on the Veterans In Politics Podcast. The Veterans In Politics Podcast explores how veterans and those in our military community can get involved in Politics. Jonny has interviewed many MPs, Councillors and others involved in politics and shares their stories [...]

Campaign Force UK ‘Veterans In Politics’ Podcast Episode2023-11-08T17:10:24+00:00

EFL Week of Action


This week, I am pleased to support and promote the EFL ‘Week of Action’, celebrating the contribution and impact EFL Football Clubs make to their communities. Southampton FC runs projects every week across Southampton, making a difference in many of our local areas. I know their initiatives and activities are well received by many of [...]

EFL Week of Action2023-11-07T18:26:34+00:00

King’s Speech


I was honoured to attend the first King’s Speech in 70 years where King Charles outlined the Government’s focus on economic growth, cutting inflation and reducing crime. My constituents want to see realistic and helpful polices and legislation that addresses the challenges the UK faces and that helps hard working people and families in Southampton. [...]

King’s Speech2023-11-07T18:23:40+00:00
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