On Tuesday 27th January, I asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers, whether she thinks it is right for Northern Ireland to be able to set their own Corporation Tax rate, whilst their MPs are still able to vote on the rate of Corporation Tax in Great…Read More
On Wednesday 7th January, I held a Westminster Hall debate in Parliament on the Diverted Profit Tax, introduced in the 2014 Autumn Statement. I welcome the introduction of this tax from April 1st, and I believe that the Diverted Profits Tax will deter multinational companies from avoiding paying tax here…Read More
As published in the Derby Telegraph, 16th January 2015
There have been a number of reports in recent weeks about the unprecedented pressure on local A&E Departments. Our local hospital, the Royal Derby has reported a 20% increase in A&E visits and I am aware that staff at the Royal Derby…Read More
Getting unemployment down in Amber Valley was a promise I made to my constituents. I’ve worked hard to do this and I’m pleased to say that that claimant count is down from 4.9% at the time I was elected to 1.9% now. That means it’s more than halved – but…Read More
On Thursday 22nd January, I invited the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to visit Matthew Walker, a fantastic Christmas pudding company based here in Amber Valley.
Matthew Walker is the World’s Oldest Christmas pudding maker, established in 1899, they supply all UK retailers and produce 25 million…Read More
Since 2010, the Conservative-led Government’s Council Tax freeze budget has enabled Councils to reduce Council Tax by 11% on average – worth the equivalent of £1,075 to the average Band D taxpayer in comparison to the period between 1997 and 2010, when bills more than doubled. I welcome that the Government…Read More
Today saw the announcement that the JSA in claimant count fell again in November here in Amber Valley. It’s now at 1.9%, lower than the 2.1% announced in October. This means that a further 91 of my constituents are back in work or starting their own businesses.
We also saw the announcement yesterday…Read More
In a joint letter with my Parliamentary neighbours Pauline Latham MP and Andrew Bridgen MP, I recently wrote the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, to urge him to support hard-working and hard-pressed families by scrapping Air Passenger Duty on children’s flights (2-11 years) in his Autumn Statement tomorrow. I…Read More
On Monday 3rd November, I voted against the money resolution required to progress the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill.
As some of my constituents may be aware from when I have written about this previously, Michael Moore MP, a Liberal Democrat, has tabled a Private Member’s Bill to enshrine in…Read More
On Tuesday 25th November, Iain Duncan Smith, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, made a statement to the House on Universal Credit. As many of you will already know, I serve on the Work and Pensions Select Committee which examines the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department…Read More