An issue I have been working on in Parliament, and I know will be of interest to many constituents, is the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill. For those who choose to go to University, I believe that being exposed to new opinions and having your world view challenged is an important part of academic development. While this may have the potential to make some people feel uncomfortable, freedom of speech is vital to university.
During the second reading of the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill, I was pleased to support this valuable piece of legislation and I have just spent three weeks serving on the Bill Committee where we took evidence from witnesses and reviewed the legislation line by line. This legislation will not only help tackle hate speech but will also continue to demonstrate that the UK is a place of free speech and the peaceful exchange of views.
You can read my contributions to each of the sittings here.