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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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Campaigns: Attendance Allowance

A number of constituents have contacted me about Attendance Allowance. Government is currently considering a range of ideas for the future of local government. I welcome the fact that more power and more responsibilities are being handed to local authorities. One area which is being looked at carefully is how we care for people in
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Homelessness Reduction Bill

A number of constituents have contacted me regarding the Homelessness Reduction Bill. I would like to pay tribute to the excellent work that charities like St Mungo’s do to support those who find themselves homeless. Every person sleeping rough is a tragedy and I am glad that the Government is working to reduce homelessness. Councils have
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Childhood Obesity

With nearly a third of children aged two to fifteen overweight or obese, I agree that this is an important issue to tackle, and one which I have personally raised in Parliament. It is an issue that afflicts a disproportionate number of local children. I am delighted that the Government has launched a far-reaching plan
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Rendition

The UK opposes any form of deprivation of liberty that amounts to placing a detained person outside the protection of the law, including so-called extraordinary rendition. I have been assured that the Government does not participate in, solicit, encourage or condone the use of torture for any purpose, and has made that position absolutely clear,
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Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

Constituents have contacted me about the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada and Early Day Motion (EDM) 165. I am afraid that I have decided not to sign any EDMs, as they are costly to the public purse to administer, and many require a spending commitment which the Government is unlikely
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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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Childhood obesity

I commend Cancer Research UK for campaigning on the issue of childhood obesity. Tackling childhood obesity is a major priority for this Government as it is concerned about the levels of overweight and obese children, and the impact on individual health. The causes of obesity are complex, and can be brought on by a number
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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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Air quality and pollution

I understand peoples concerns and certainly appreciate how much of an impact air quality can have on people who suffer from lung conditions. The Government is committed to tackling this problem. While significant improvements have been made in air quality over many years, more needs to be achieved. Over the past five years the Government has
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Plastic shopping bags

I support the recent introduction of a compulsory 5p charge for single use plastic bags. I think this is a step forward that will make people think twice before throwing bags away, helping protect the environment. I also think that using paper or biodegradable alternatives to plastic packaging is preferable, and I hope that the adoption of
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