Opinions

Opinion - Badger Cull

Bovine TB is one of the greatest animal health threats to the UK. It not only has a devastating impact on our beef and dairy farms, but costs taxpayers £100 million each year.

Opinion - Arms Sales

Saudi Arabia remains a human rights priority country for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, particularly because of the use of the death penalty, women's rights and restrictions on freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and freedom of religion or belief.

Opinion - Loot Boxes

Protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited by gambling is a priority for myself and for the Government. The Gambling Commission as the regulator for gambling in Great Britain, has strong powers and can act where it needs to address emerging risks. 

Opinion - Beer Duty

The brewing and pubs industries contribute over £1.7 billion to the Scottish economy and support the employment of 60,000 people. I also recognise the crucial role that pubs play in the social and economic life of our nation, as well as helping to promote responsible drinking.

Opinion - Caged Animals

I take a keen interest in animal welfare, and I hope to be able to attend the debate on Monday 9th September.

Opinion - Protect Our Rivers

The decision to leave the European Union has created an historic opportunity to review our policies on agriculture, on land use, on biodiversity, on woodlands, marine conservation, fisheries, pesticide licensing, chemical regulation, animal welfare, habitat management, waste, water purity, air qu

Opinion - Northern Ireland Abortion and Same Sex Marriage

First and foremost, the restoration of devolved institutions in Northern Ireland over the coming weeks is of the utmost importance. I agree with my colleague, the Northern Ireland Secretary, that a deal is achievable, and we should all be working towards that goal.

Opinion - Over 75 TV licence

As you will be aware, people over the age of 75 are eligible for a free TV licence, which also covers anyone they are living with. It is estimated that the by 2020/21 the cost of continuing the free TV licences will be an estimated £745 million.

Opinion - Post Brexit Trade Deals

I understand the concerns regarding standards in future trade agreements, the scrutiny of such agreements, and investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanisms. However, I would like to assure you that such concerns are unfounded.