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National Tree Planting Strategy Debate

16/12/20 Today I spoke in the National Tree Planting Strategy Debate in Westminster Hall. My constituency of Widnes, West Runcorn and Hale Village are not blessed with large areas of wood land. Most of the wooded areas we have only cover small areas. The North of England has significantly less woodland cover than the rest […]

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The Future of the Coach Industry Debate

10/12/20 This afternoon I was selected to speak in the debate on the future of the Coach Industry. The Coach Industry is a vital part of our society. Whether it be taking school children on their first school trip, coach holidays and day trips, transporting wedding guests from venue to venue, or being a rail […]

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PMQs & Halton Chamber of Commerce AGM

9/12/20 This morning, at their invitation, I attended the virtual AGM of the Halton Chamber of Commerce and had a discussion with local business owners and leaders regarding the current situation and the future. I firmly believe in supporting our local businesses, I will continue to make representations on their behalf and have high hopes […]

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Defence Select Committee 8/12/20

8/12/20 I am a member of the Defence Committee, this is a Common’s Select Committee appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration, and policy of the Ministry of Defence and its associated public bodies. Today I questioned Sir Stephen Lovegrove, the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Defence on how many […]

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The Effect of the COVID-19 Outbreak on the Lung Cancer Treatment Pathway

2/12/20 I recently secured a debate on the effect of the Covid-19 outbreak on the lung cancer treatment pathway. This took place this afternoon in Westminster Hall. As many will know, I have been worried for some time about the effects during the pandemic on treatments for other illnesses. Thank you to the UK Lung Cancer […]

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Debate On New Coronavirus Restrictions

1/12/20 Today I was selected to speak in the debate on the government’s motion to approve the new Coronavirus Restrictions. Many of my constituents tell me they are sick and tired of the way the government are treating them. This Government’s strategy has been all over the place. It seems to depend on who the […]

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Prime Minister’s Statement: COVID-19 Update 23/11/20

23/11/20 Today I was selected to ask a question on the Prime Minister’s Covid-19 Update, however, I ended up having to ask it to the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock as the Prime Minister was appearing virtually to the Chamber and developed audio problems. I stated that I was pleased that they had listened to mine […]

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Runcorn Town Deal Question

19/11/20 You may have seen that a bid is currently being put together to the government’s Town Deal Fund for £25 million of investment into Runcorn Town Centre. I have been an active member of the Town Deal Board since it formed in January to advise and help the council develop their bid to the […]

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Remembrance Sunday 2020

8/11/20 This Remembrance Sunday many people paid their respects in their own ways, on their doorsteps, with posters in their windows – we remember them. It was an honour to attend a simple service at the Cross of Sacrifice in Widnes Cemetery and then Widnes Cenotaph in Victoria Park with the Widnes Royal British Legion. […]