In Parliament

There are three elements to Parliament today: the Crown, the House of Lords, and the House of Commons. These three elements work together to effectively ‘run’ the country by examining and challenging the work of the government (scrutiny), debating and passing laws (legislation), and enabling the government to raise taxes.

Founded on the principles of Magna Carta, the Parliament of the United Kingdom was established in 1801 by the merger of Great Britain and Ireland under the Act of the Union. At this time, the House of Lords was superior to the House of Commons in both theory and practice. Parliament as we know it today and the supremacy of the House of Commons was established in the early 20th Century.

As the elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Reading East, I act as my constituents’ representative in Parliament. I am involved in considering and proposing new laws, and can use my position to ask Government ministers questions about current issues.

Like all MPs, I split my time between working in Parliament itself and working in Reading East.

Working in Reading East

In my constituency, I hold regular advice surgeries, where people can come along to discuss any matters that concern them. I also attend functions, visit schools and businesses, do work experience and generally try to meet as many people as possible. This gives me further insight and context into issues that are often discussed when I return to Westminster.

Working in Parliament

When Parliament is sitting (meeting), I generally spend my time working in the House of Commons. This can include raising issues affecting my constituents, attending debates and voting on new laws. Most MPs are also members of committees, which look at issues in detail, from government policy and new laws, to wider topics like human rights.

If you would like more information you can see how I have voted on issues in the Commons, what questions I have tabled and debates I have attended, and what my parliamentary expenses are spent on.

You can see my recent appearances and speeches below:

Voluntary Work: Young People | Department for Culture, Media and Sport | Written Answers

National Citizen Service (NCS) delivers positive outcomes for young people and supports the wider youth sector. NCS is delivered by a supply chain of over 200 youth service providers from the...

Charities | Department for Culture, Media and Sport | Written Answers

Supporting a modern and resilient charity sector has been a priority for the Government. Over this and the last parliament we have worked together with charities to create greater financial...

Charities: ICT | Department for Culture, Media and Sport | Written Answers

Government is committed to supporting the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector address it’s organisational needs. Through the £20m Local Sustainability Fund,...

Voluntary Work: Young People | Department for Culture, Media and Sport | Written Answers

The National Citizen Service (NCS) Bill will place NCS on a statutory footing and describe its means of delivery. Classification is a subject for the Office for National Statistics in the first...

Charities | Department for Culture, Media and Sport | Written Answers

Since the outcome of the EU referendum, I have received representations from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), the network of charity chief executives Acevo and the...

Voluntary Work: Young People | Department for Culture, Media and Sport | Written Answers

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a unique programme for young people focused around adventure, discovery and giving back to communities. Robust, independent evaluations show that NCS delivers...

Voluntary Work: Bury St Edmunds | Department for Culture, Media and Sport | Written Answers

I am pleased to report that over 1,000 young people in Suffolk have participated in NCS in the past two years. The NCS Trust does not collect data at a constituency level. Therefore, the figures...

Charities: Finance | Department for Culture, Media and Sport | Written Answers

The UK has a strong and diverse charitable sector. It is too early at this stage to make a full assessment of the potential effects for charities resulting from the outcome of the EU referendum....

Charities | Department for Culture, Media and Sport | Written Answers

The Government has taken a number of steps to improve public trust and confidence in charities in England and Wales The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 gives the Charity...

Co-Operatives | Westminster Hall debates

It is always a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I hope you will indulge me today, because I feel slightly nervous, as I always do on the first morning of a test match. I...