It was good to receive assurances from the Minister this afternoon that the UK's free trade deals, including the proposed one with Australia, will not compromise existing trading arrangements with the European Union.
Following the Queens Speech on Tuesday, marking the start of the new Parliamentary Session, we have had a busy few days debating the contents of the speech and I was pleased to support the Government’s plan to deliver a “Bright Future for the Next Generation”.
This week in Parliament, I pushed the Government on their review of the business rates system. If we get this right, I know it will give a huge boost to high streets in the constituency, particularly as we start to recover from the pandemic.
As we continue the discussion on how to tackle the issue of plastic pollution, it is important that manufacturers take more responsibility for their waste. Following useful conversations with local environmental groups, I know this is something of concern in our area.
Effective community policing is an important part of the toolkit to help tackle crime. As part of this, we must make sure that our police force reflects the community it serves and I was pleased to question the Equalities Minister on this last week: