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NCT's #HiddenHalf Campaign

I am grateful to everyone who has emailed me recently about new mothers' mental health.

Tax to fund the NHS

A large number of constituents have written in the run-up to the Budget to ask me that the cash settlement for the NHS that was set out in June should be funded by a fair tax rise. 

Shale Gas and Fracking

I know some constituents are concerned about fracking and shale gas - and it has been prominent in the news this week.  I did write about this in September, but this is a short update.  I cannot attend the debate this week as I will be involved in Ministerial meetings.

Environment Bill

I have had a number of emails and letters regarding the Environment Bill - there are a lot of environmental issues ongoing, but I wanted to give you a brief outline of where the Government is at this time.

"Everybody In" report by Crisis

Constituents have been contacting me about the Crisis report "Everybody In" on how to end homelessness.

"Amazon" Tax (Online retail tax)

I appreciate the concerns I have received from constituents recently about online retailers paying tax and agree that it is vital they contribute fairly to funding our public services.

Exploratory fracking applications - UPDATE

Many of you will be aware that a debate took place on 12 September titled "Shale Gas Exploration: Planning Permission".  I was unable to attend the debate but, during her speech, the Energy Minister said:

Consultation on cycling offences

I have received a number of emails recently about the Department for Transport’s consultation on proposed new cycling offences and, as a keen cyclist myself, I appreciate the concerns that have been raised.