Issues

Many of you have been in touch with me about tax dodging following the recent revelations about HSBC.

On HSBC, what was reported was shocking and the Bank has now apologised.  There are, however, a lot of questions about how this happened and who knew what in the UK about the Swiss Bank's activities.

Tax Avoidance

Many of you have been in touch with me about tax dodging following the recent revelations about HSBC. On HSBC, what was reported was shocking and the Bank has now... Read more

Tackling Climate Change

The Natural Environment

Climate Change is the greatest threat facing our world, and every nation has a responsibility to play its part in tackling it.

Environment and Climate Change

Tackling Climate Change The Natural Environment Climate Change is the greatest threat facing our world, and every nation has a responsibility to play its part in tackling it. Read more

Lots of you have contacted me about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

TTIP

Lots of you have contacted me about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Read more

A number of people, including supporters of CAMRA, have raised their worries about community pubs and the difficulties that local pubs are currently facing.  I am deeply concerned about the plight of local pubs up and down the country.  Pubs are a cherished British institution and are often at the heart of our community life, no matter where we live.  It's shocking that over the past couple of years, an average of 30 pubs a week have closed down, despite 634 million pints of cask ale being sold each year.  And the Government has made a bad situation worse by reforming the planning system in such a way that pubs can be demolished or changed to other uses - including betting shops and supermarkets - without the need for planning permission.

Community Pubs and Real Ale

A number of people, including supporters of CAMRA, have raised their worries about community pubs and the difficulties that local pubs are currently facing.  I am deeply concerned about the... Read more

I am really proud of the last Labour Government for having put the Human Rights Act on the statute book, and we must defend the Act from those who would scrap it.  I think it was a great step forward to enable people in the UK to uphold their rights using the Act and it is an important part of check and balance within our democratic system.

Human Rights

I am really proud of the last Labour Government for having put the Human Rights Act on the statute book, and we must defend the Act from those who would... Read more

Thank you to all of you who have contacted me recently about Palestinian human rights.

I share your concern at the lack of progress on the Middle East peace process and, therefore, on Palestinian human rights. Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are illegal, unjustifiable and immoral and their continued expansion remains a major obstacle to resolving the conflict.

Palestinian Human Rights

Thank you to all of you who have contacted me recently about Palestinian human rights. I share your concern at the lack of progress on the Middle East peace process... Read more

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