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Conservative Leadership Election

I will be backing Jeremy Hunt for the leadership of the Conservative Party. My over-riding reason is that in politics it’s not what you say that matters, but whether you can be trusted to deliver what you say in reality. As a party we face a chronic crisis of trust.

MP Publishes ‘No Deal’ Feedback

James Cartlidge, MP for South Suffolk, has unveiled some of the key responses he has received in approaching local firms and farms for their views on the potential impact of a ‘no deal’ Brexit. All contributors, other than trade organisations, have been treated confidentially.

My thoughts on the draft Withdrawal Agreement

On 29th June, just six days after the vote to leave the EU, I said in the first Commons debate that followed: “Is it not the case that, in the best case scenario, it is inevitable that a huge amount of Government ​energy and time will be diverted to legal wrangling and other issues?

Wage growth

One factor above all is often cited as the reason why our modern politics seems to be unstable, and that is the freeze in wages many have felt since the 2008 financial crash.

My Thoughts on a 'People's Vote'

I have recently received a large number of emails and social media messages encouraging me to support a so called ‘people’s vote’ or second referendum. Others, most notably William Hague, have already set out what I see as very strong arguments against re-running the Brexit vote.

Progress for First Time Buyers

This may be a Brexit dominated Parliament, but there is general agreement across our polity that housing must be close to the most important domestic issue for day to day concerns.

My statement on Chequers Agreement

I have received a large amount of correspondence about the ‘Chequers Agreement’ on our proposed future relations with the EU. To be clear, the agreement is a negotiating position, not a ‘deal’.

Debate to tackle five-year land supplies

Tackle five-year land supplies to help solve the housing crisis

If national politicians can agree on one thing it’s that we need to build more homes. If local communities can agree on one thing, it’s where not to build them. At the heart of this great tension sits the planning system.