The Future.


I have spent 20 years campaigning for a referendum on our relationship with the European Union. David Cameron was the only politician brave enough to give the voters that referendum.There was a long and robust debate. I made my position clear and the reasons why I feel we can and will thrive outside the overbearing, [...]

The Future.2016-06-24T09:26:33+00:00

Why I am voting leave tomorrow


Tomorrow we will be given our first opportunity, in over 40 years, to endorse or otherwise our membership of the European Union. There have been many debates over the last few weeks and the arguments have all been covered. I have been very disappointed by the tone of the debate. This is about our relationship [...]

Why I am voting leave tomorrow2016-06-22T11:54:24+00:00

A conversation with Royston Smith


Thank you to all those local residents who gave up their Saturday evening to join my discussion on Brexit and other issues.I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and appreciated all the comments from the floor.Although this was not a debate or part of the referendum campaign, on balance the audience was in favour of taking back [...]

A conversation with Royston Smith2016-06-19T16:27:48+00:00

Voting to Leave the EU Is the Only Way to Regain Our Sovereignty and Democracy


Royston has co-signed a letter with parliamentary colleagues arguing that the only way for Britain to restore sovereignty and democracy is to leave the EU. Entering Parliament for the first time as an MP can be incredibly affecting. The pomp, the procedures and even the Palace of Westminster itself are steeped in history; reminders are everywhere [...]

Voting to Leave the EU Is the Only Way to Regain Our Sovereignty and Democracy2016-06-15T16:16:50+00:00

A Conversation about the EU Referendum


In less than two weeks, we will be asked to make the most important political decision in a generation. The referendum on our membership of the European Union is even more important than a general election, because this question won't be asked again if we get it wrong. For that reason I think it is [...]

A Conversation about the EU Referendum2016-06-13T20:42:54+00:00

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 [...]

The New Living Wage2016-04-01T17:10:43+00:00

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 to [...]

Employment Support Allowance2016-03-22T09:04:38+00:00

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 [...]

Personal Independence payments2016-03-19T15:16:42+00:00
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