Visit to the SPCA, 27/07/2021

I was delighted to visit the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Hamilton yesterday. I was interested to hear about all of the excellent work they have done over the past 18 months to keep animals safe. The SPCA work as Scotland’s ’emergency services’ for animals, rescuing, rehoming and working to keep … Read more

Parliamentary Activity Summary, April – June

It’s been an incredibly busy three months in Westminster. We have seen the start of a new parliamentary session, opened with the Queen’s Speech in May announcing a raft of new UK Government legislation and priorities. The announcement included the controversial Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, a commitment to the Integrated Defence Review, and … Read more

Debate on the Building Safety Bill, 21/07/2021

Yesterday I had the honour of participating in the debate on the Second Reading of the Building Safety Bill, which is the culmination of a nearly half-decade long process of reviewing building regulations across the nations of the UK in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire. I sought to highlight several areas, in particular … Read more

Prime Minister’s Questions, 21/07/2021

Yesterday I had the opportunity to ask the Prime Minister a question regarding an issue faced by many of my constituents, that of excessive and extraneous demands for EWS1 forms even outside the norms set by the official Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors guidance. You may find a recording of my question on Parliament TV, … Read more

Parliamentary question on Hafnium cyberattack, 20/07/2021

Yesterday I had the opportunity to press the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa on the subject of the recent cyberattack by China-based hacker group, Hafnium, on Microsoft Exchange servers. I highlighted that in the past NHS computer systems have been particularly vulnerable to cyber attacks and questioned what steps the UK Government … Read more

Debate on Cervical Screening, 19/07/2021

Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in a parliamentary debate on a petition to introduce a proposal known as Fiona’s Law, where all women would be offered a cervical cancer screening annually. Engaging with suggestions from clinicians and cervical cancer charities, I sought to highlight that while this proposal may not be the most … Read more