Speeches in Parliament

Ministerial Statement on Counter-Daesh

Speaking during a Ministerial Statement on Counter-Daesh today, I raised the vital importance for the British Government to actively help Governments in both Baghdad and Erbil, to work together and resolve differences in military and political matters.

Freeports, regeneration and jobs

During International Trade questions, I asked if Ministers agreed that Freeports attract significant foreign investment whilst regenerating communities and creating jobs.

Benefits of social mobility

Today, I intervened in a debate on Social Mobility.

I raised a point from the Sutton Trust, that a modest increase of social mobility in the UK, could improve our economy by 2% or £39bn!

Debate on the Apprenticeship Levy

Today during a debate on the Apprenticeship Levy, I asked Robert Halfon MP whether he believed Universal Technical Colleges (such as Bristol Technical and Engineering Academy) could play a bigger role in Apprenticeships.

He agreed that UTC's have some very good outcomes.

Call for a debate on the proposed M4 Junction 18A

Today I asked the Leader of the House of Commons for a debate on local transport infrastructure provision, especially the proposed new M4 J18A, which if built would unlock a great potential opportunity for new homes & jobs.

The benefits of Free Ports to local communities

Free Ports can hugely benefit the economy of our region.

I asked the International Trade Minister, Graham Stuart MP, what plans the Department has for local communities to also benefit from these ports.