17 JAN 2019

Meaningful Vote

There have been a handful of occasions during my time as an MP, where the burden of responsibility weighs more heavily than usual. Tuesday evening was one such occasion, traversing the famous House of Commons lobbies to cast my vote on the Withdrawal Agreement. I felt the eyes of history scrutinisin...


10 JAN 2019

NHS Long Term Plan

For as long as I can remember our NHS has been a foundation stone in my life. My Grandmother was a nursing sister at the Cumberland Royal Infirmary, my mother was also an NHS nurse in my childhood city of Carlisle for a time and I have relied upon the service for myself, my children and my husband'...


03 JAN 2019

Cross Channel Refugee Crisis

I'll always remember a young lady who came to see me at my legal practice one Christmas Eve a few years ago. She had three little children with her and a bunch of carrier bags stuffed with mixed belongings, and as she came into my office she burst into tears. She was fleeing her home for fear of i...


27 DEC 2018

2019: The Year Ahead

2019 is set to be a momentous year for our nation. The spectre of Brexit looms large and I will just say this. I hope that in Parliament we can use the New Year spirit to break the current deadlock and build consensus to allow us to deliver Brexit in the national interest. We must then return to pr...


20 DEC 2018

2018: A Year in Review

In many ways 2018 has been a difficult year with the all-encompassing nature of the Brexit debate dominating the political sphere. Many people have remarked to me that, at times, it has felt like the film Groundhog Day; every day waking up and hearing the same people on Breakfast television saying t...


12 DEC 2018

Meaningful Vote Update

Like tents at a jousting match the media circus pitched camp on College Green in Westminster several days ago. Reporter and camera duos loom around the estate, inside and out, like pairs of mantises waiting for the next piece of passing Parliamentary prey. This is a weird time, a bad time. The at...


06 DEC 2018

Business Brexit Pragmatism

Building upon my support for our High Street businesses in my previous column, I continue the theme following 'Small Business Saturday' last weekend. The initiative is a great platform for public recognition of the contribution small businesses make to our economy, employment and society. We have ...


29 NOV 2018

Christmas on the High Street

Ever since I was a little girl growing up in Carlisle I remember the magic of Christmas emerging from its annual hibernation. Always starting in the town centre, shop windows came alive like West End theatre proscenia, and grey wintry walkways were suddenly festooned with lights and bunting. And s...


22 NOV 2018

EU Withdrawal Agreement

One thing I have learnt from the hundreds of negotiations I have conducted in my life, be they as a lawyer, a business woman or as a politician, is that the pressure always increases as the deadline approaches. So this week's political events have not come as an enormous surprise. We should be in n...


15 NOV 2018

Armistice 100th Anniversary

Every year, it seems, our County Town comes out in even greater numbers than the last. Old, young and in-between, regardless of the great British weather, we all come together to pay our respects. Walking down the High Street I feel a strength within the people lining, and then following our solem...


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17 JAN 2019

Meaningful Vote

There have been a handful of occasions during my time as an MP, where the burden of responsibility weighs more heavily than usual. Tuesday evening was one such occasion, traversing the famous House of...


10 JAN 2019

NHS Long Term Plan

For as long as I can remember our NHS has been a foundation stone in my life. My Grandmother was a nursing sister at the Cumberland Royal Infirmary, my mother was also an NHS nurse in my childhood...


03 JAN 2019

Cross Channel Refugee Crisis

I'll always remember a young lady who came to see me at my legal practice one Christmas Eve a few years ago. She had three little children with her and a bunch of carrier bags stuffed with mixed...