My Newsletter 20/04/18

Welcome to the latest issue of my weekly newsletter.

We returned to Parliament this week, with the expected debates on Syria beginning it, my contribution in which you’ll hear about below. I’ve been up to a lot more, but beforehand I need to talk data protection!

Earlier this week you will have received an email from me, asking for written permission (by email is fine) to store your email address for the purpose of sending these newsletters, and the occasional other political mailout. I love sending these newsletters and want them to get to as many of you as possible every week, but unless I receive an email or letter from you giving your permission before May 25th, I won’t be able to send them to you afterwards, until that permission is granted.

Hundreds of you have already replied, and for that I’m very grateful, but if you haven’t already then please do so if you would like to continue reading. The easiest way to do so is to either reply to this newsletter or the email I originally sent letting me know that I can keep your email address. If you change your mind at any point, you can be removed exactly the same way.

And I’m still raising money for this Sunday’s London Marathon!

Tackling Domestic Abuse in Nottingham is one of my major priorities for my time as Nottingham North’s Member of Parliament. Largely I prioritise this through asking Parliamentary Questions or taking part in debates however this time I’m doing something a little more direct, as I run in support of Women’s Aid Integrated Services (WAIS) Nottingham.

WAIS do incredible work for women, teenagers and children affected by domestic abuse, and I’ve worked closely with WAIS Nottingham for many years – this is a small way of thanking them for all they do.

As for the run… it’ll be 26.2 pretty painful miles. I’ve done quite a bit of training so I should get around, but it’s not likely to be much fun. I’ll feel much better about grinding though those last few miles knowing that the money raised will be going to such an important cause. If anyone could donate to this great cause, my fundraising page can be found here. I hoped to raise at least £1000 for them, but thanks to everyone’s amazing generosity we’re already past £1200!

Read on to find out how what my week’s involved…

As I’ve said before, I will strive to send you a newsletter like this each Friday to keep you updated on the work I’m doing in Parliament as well as in our community, and to inform you of any interesting events taking place in our area. To help me with the latter, if you are running or know of anything that you think may be of interest to others, feel free to drop me an email at and I will include it in future issues. Please also forward it onto anyone you think may be interested.

Syria and War Powers

I spoke about Syria in depth last week, so will try not to repeat myself too much. At the time of last week’s newsletter, the UK hadn’t yet acted, but not long after, as you’ll know, Theresa May ordered air strikes without having consulted Parliament, along with the US and France.

I find it deeply regrettable that the Government, along with the US and French governments, have launched further military action in Syria in response to the suspected Douma attack, before any independent report by either the OPCW or any renewed UN investigation.

The Government’s decision to support that intervention and expand its military campaign in Syria should have been brought to Parliament and they should have been obliged to explain their strategy for the future of this conflict in advance of any action.