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Campaigns: Unaccompanied children

A number of constituents have contacted me regarding unaccompanied children from Europe. This is my response: I agree that we should do what we can to help unaccompanied refugee children. I am pleased that the Government began work to implement the Lord Dubs amendment immediately after the Immigration Bill gained Royal Assent. Since then the
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Trident

I believe it is absolutely vital that we maintain a continuous independent nuclear deterrent as the ultimate guarantee of our national security. The Government has consistently set out the case for maintaining our nuclear deterrent: although no state currently has both the intent and the capability to threaten the independence and integrity of the UK,
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EU Nationals in the UK

It goes without saying that EU nationals make an invaluable contribution to our economy, our society and our daily lives, especially in our constituency of Boston and Skegness. I can assure you that there will be no immediate change in their status in the UK. Similarly the discussions that the Government has with the European
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Refugee children

The Government needs to do more to respond to the continuing migration crisis and how best it can support the most vulnerable people affected by this appalling situation and I am glad that it is now taking further action. This includes the establishment of a new resettlement scheme focused on the children at risk in
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Overseas aid

Overseas aid

I do understand that many people have concerns about international aid, but I can assure you that The Department for International Development (DFID) has said that a number of recent newspaper articles have reported claims that misrepresent or inaccurately portray projects supported by it, or focus on projects that are no longer funded. More generally,
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EU referendum leaflet

EU referendum leaflet

I understand your concerns, but it is true to say that the Government has always been very clear that it is in favour of remaining in the EU, while allowing individuals to make their own views known. With that in mind, the Government therefore should be expected to put forward its case. While I have
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Tax avoidance

Tax avoidance

I agree that any individual tax or company should be paying the tax it owes. Tax avoidance and aggressive tax planning by anybody is clearly unacceptable. I can assure you that the Government is committed to a proportionate, tailored response to improve global tax transparency, including in tax havens. The revelations from Panama underline the
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Crimes against Christians

Crimes against Christians

The atrocities committed by Daesh against Christians and other minorities, as well as the majority Muslim population in Iraq and Syria must be condemned in the strongest possible terms. Britain has been at the forefront of efforts to rally wider international support against Daesh. Work with international partners must continue both to assist the victims
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UK death penalty strategy

I  understand the concern, and can assure that the UK Government is opposed to the use of the death penalty under any circumstances as a matter of principle. It undermines human dignity, there is no evidence that it works as a deterrent and any miscarriage of justice in capital cases is irreversible and irreparable. This is
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Military action in Syria

A number of constituents have got in touch with me to share their views on whether the UK should take part in military action against ISIL in Syria. The scenes we are seeing across the Middle East are very worrying indeed and I think it is important that we keep our options open with this
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