On Monday the Secretary of State for Defence delivered a statement to the House, updating on the situation in Ukraine. I took the opportunity to ask him about the International Atomic Agency’s mission to Chernobyl, prompted by concerns that gunfire at the site could trigger a major radiation leak. You can read a transcript of my question in Hansard, or watch it on ParliamentTV.
On Tuesday an Urgent Question was granted, requesting an update on the Prime Minister’s visit to India. I asked the Minister responding whether he discussed India’s relationship with China, and how pressure from China could hinder trade talks. You can read a transcript of my question in Hansard, or watch it on ParliamentTV.
This was followed by a general debate on Ukraine, where I made two interventions. I highlighted reports of war crimes, such as evidence that women had been raped before being murdered in the country. I also spoke to two constituent cases my office are handling, which both face similar impossible scenarios brought to light by a Home Office whistle-blower earlier in the week.
The Minister for Immigration came to the House to answer an Urgent Question about the huge backlogs at Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO), a crisis that has impacted applicants right across the UK and in my constituency. Delays have been exacerbated by poor guidance and a lack of clear communication. In this UQ I highlighted a particular case that HMPO had severely mishandled, with my constituent waiting over ten weeks and nearly missing their holiday before my office intervened. You can read a transcript of my exchange with the Minister in Hansard, or watch it on ParliamentTV.