My Responses to Topical Emails

Dear Resident,

I appreciate constituents’ concerns about a wide variety of local and national issues.

I often receive a large amount of identical emails which are often sent from campaign organisations. I appreciate that these issues are of importance to constituents, but the volume of campaign emails that are now being generated has meant my responses to urgent casework enquiries were delayed. Therefore I can no longer guarantee a quick response to each individual standard email.

I have therefore created a section of my website where I will be posting my responses to various subjects.

If you send me a standard email, you will receive a response directing you to this page of my website.

I shall endeavour to update topics as soon as I have had the chance to consult with Ministers and to conduct research into the concerns raised in these emails. 

I shall, of course, continue to respond to individual constituency casework enquiries via email and letter.

All the best,

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