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.

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.

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.