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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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Junior doctor contract reform

My wife is a junior doctor herself, so I am acutely aware of the strength of feeling surrounding this issue. I also contributed to a recent House of Commons debate on contract reform, and you might be interested to read my speech via the following link: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm151028/debtext/151028-0004.htm#15102846001513 I completely agree that junior doctors work extremely
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Dog meat debate

I was very sorry not to have been able to attend the debate, as it clashed with another debate about fairer school funding.  I view the trade and consumption of dog meat as abhorrent, particularly where it involves cruelty to animals. The Government has ensured that the UK continues to raise concerns with countries that
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Fracking

I fully understand and appreciate people’s concerns about fracking. Please let me reassure you that the Government is creating a regulatory regime that provides clear, strong protections for the environment. With these in place, I think it is right that we explore and make use of shale gas and oil. The opportunity to extract this
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Abortion medication in Northern Ireland

Many of you have contacted me about the woman who has been charged for purchasing abortion medication on behalf of her daughter in Northern Ireland. I understand that this is a very distressing case and one that has resulted because of abortion law in Northern Ireland which is different to the rest of the UK. Unfortunately,
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