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Heart disease

I understand that many people suffer from cardiovascular diseases such as Coronary Heart Disease, atrial fibrillation and strokes. A combination of all three contributed to my own father’s death, and as a doctor my wife sees the ongoing consequences of such conditions almost every day. I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute
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Neonicotinoids and bees

Unfortunately I was unable to attend the debate on this issue , but I entirely agree that bees and other pollinators play a vital role in the security of our food supply and the quality of our natural environment. This is especially important in our local area, where much food production takes place. I welcome
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Religious freedom

I  appreciate the concerns of constituents about the recent rising tide of persecution of Christians, and indeed other religions.  I can assure you all that the Government will continue to work hard to promote freedom of religion or belief across the world. Multilateral organisations are a vital avenue for pursuing progress on what is an
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Polio

I am pleased that the UK is fully committed to the global eradication of polio. I know that the Secretary of State for International Development makes the most of opportunities to raise awareness of polio eradication efforts and, wherever appropriate, discusses polio with her international counterparts. For example, last year the Secretary of State made
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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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Funding for cycling

The case for cycling as the natural choice for shorter journeys is strong, and the resulting benefits are wide reaching – to the economy, to the environment, and to the health of individuals and communities. I know that the Government is committed to giving people a realistic choice to cycle, so that anyone, of any
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Paris climate change conference

Climate change is certainly one of the biggest threats, not just to the environment, but to our economic and global security. I am pleased that the UK is taking a leading role on the world stage, working towards a binding global deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit climate change to manageable levels. 2015
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Water and sanitation

I certainly agree that access to clean and safe water, sanitation and hygiene are among the most basic of human needs. Providing access to clean drinking water and effective sanitation is vital for improving people’s health and will give them the opportunity to work, which in turn will drive economic growth, helping countries become self-sufficient.
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Pavement Parking Bill

Unfortunately I will be unable to attend the Second Reading of the Pavement Parking Bill on 4th December, owing to prior commitments in the constituency on that day. However, I will be paying close attention to the passage of the Bill and I hope it is successful at its Second Reading. More generally, I welcome
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Feed-in Tariffs

The Government is committed to meeting 15 per cent of the UK’s energy demands from renewable resources by 2020, and FITs have led to levels of renewable energy deployment that have surpassed all expectations. It is, of course, good news for the environment that renewable energy has been rolled out sooner than expected, but the
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Sunday trading

As you may be aware, currently large shops can only be open for six consecutive hours on Sundays whereas small shops do not face this restriction. The Government has proposed giving local areas the power to decide whether they wish to change these rules, and I do think it is important that such decisions can
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