Climate Risk Insurance for Smallholder Farmers

As the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development I have a particular interest in the impacts of climate change on the agriculture industry around the world.

UK Airspace Policy - The Government's Consultation Response

As anyone living in Staffordshire can attest to, the county sits underneath one of the busiest air routes in the world. As we look to the future air travel is only going to increase and so we must be sensible in how we approach UK airspace policy.

Politcally Speaking- August 2017

The unusual opportunity of being drawn for a Prime Minister’s Question in successive enabled me to raise two matters which are vital for this parliament.

Politically Speaking - Staffordshire Newsletter

The election and the new Parliament has been overshadowed by the terrorist outrages in Manchester and London and the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire. I have written to the Mayors of both cities to express our sadness and deep sympathy at the needless suffering so many have experienced.


Politically Speaking 19/02/17 

For many years and under successive governments, Staffordshire’s schools have been underfunded. This is as a result of the schools funding formula which has generally worked in favour of cities and against towns and rural areas.

Support for education of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan

The hospitality shown by Lebanon to Syrian refugees is extraordinary. There will shortly be more Syrian children than Lebanese in state schools in Lebanon. Even when taking into account the fact that most Lebanese children attend private schools, this is remarkable.