Westminster News

Social Mobility in the British Army

Today I raised social mobility in the British Army. I asked about number of serving officers that attended a state school and plans to increase the proportion.

The Minister acknowledged the role of our armed forces in social mobility. I'll write to him and get an answer on numbers.

Priority for Northern Ireland Veterans

During Defence questions, I asked the Minister for Veterans to assure the House that Northern Ireland Veterans would take priority in upcoming legislation due to their age and impending legal action.

Disappointed with response from Minister, will continue to press.

Citizens Advice Reception - helping to turn around lives

It was a pleasure to attend the Citizens Advice reception today.

Their dedication helps turn around lives in our area and across the UK.

Often when the future looks bleak, this service supports vulnerable people through difficult times.

Thank you for all the work you do.

Local attraction shortlisted for award

Well done to the Wild Place Project 'Bear Wood' for being shortlisted in the Outdoor Innovation category for The Climate Coalition #GreenHeartHero Awards.

Housing and Planning - We need more homes!

Today I spoke in a debate on housing and planning.

Due to the failure of successive governments in recent decades, we haven't built enough homes for people and must build many more than the Government's plan.

End the persecution of our Northern Ireland Veterans

At PMQs I asked the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson MP, to end the persecution of Northern Ireland veterans, like Corporal Dennis Hutchings; the PM must honour his promises and our manifesto commitment. Otherwise they are meaningless empty platitudes.

Working with our allies to secure peace in Israel and the wider region

During Foreign Office Questions the minister agreed that working with allies and promoting dialogue and co-existence was the best way to secure peace in Israel and the wider region.

I also made the point that UK Aid had to be spent wisely where it is really needed.

Jack meets BAE Apprentices

Attended the APPG for Apprenticeships 'Apprenticeship Fair' in the House of Commons today.

It was great to meet two BAE Systems apprentices.

BAE have taken on a record number of over 800 apprentices this year and are still taking applications until the 28th February.

Chinooks saving lives of our troops

During a debate on UK defence rotary strategy, I highlighted the lives Chinooks saved in their role as Medical Emergency Response Teams supporting our troops on operations. 

I congratulated Boeing and the Royal Air Force for ensuring this aircraft has been kept flying for 40 yrs.