Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary

I have been contacted by several constituents in recent weeks about establishing an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary.

Declassification of First Class Carriages

I am delighted that the sensible decision to declassify all peak time 1st class carriages on Thameslink & Great Northern trains has finally been made. I am pleased to have at least achieved this small concession for my constituents struggling through this awful disruption.

Update letter from GTR

Please find attached a letter received from Nick Brown, Chief Operating Officer at GTR.

Whilst I appreciate it offers little comfort, I am sure you will wish to see it.

Brexit - General Update

I continue to receive a number of emails from constituents in relation to the UK’s exit from the European Union. These are from those who voted leave and feel that the process is being frustrated, and those who wanted to remain and are concerned about the future.

Govia Thameslink Update

Further to my recent posts, I asked Govia Thameslink to update me on what efforts they were making to reduce this ongoing disruption and improve services. Passenger Services Director Stuart Cheshire, replied as follows:

Tier 2 visas for NHS staff

Constituents have been in touch recently regarding the availability of Tier 2 visas for NHS staff.

Abortion law in Northern Ireland

I am grateful for the range of comments received from constituents about abortion law in Northern Ireland.
Abortion remains a highly sensitive issue, regardless of where your view lies, and one where it is important that the matter is considered with due care and sensitivity.

NHS Future Funding

As the NHS approaches its 70th birthday, I welcome the Prime Minister’s historic funding announcement of an additional £20.5 billion in real terms by 2023/24.  This will benefit services up and down the country and support the NHS to make the right decisions for the long-term, setting it on a sus