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Protecting Britain's culture, arts and heritage industries

Over the last week we have seen businesses in the hospitality sector re-open their doors, albeit within social distancing guidelines. It's really important that people respect these rules, in order that the coronavirus infection rate doesn’t start to rise again, as it's doing in some parts of the United States of America. This would make […]

Silicon Valley must deal with vaccine fake news- or face the consequences

Written for the Daily Telegraph - 7 July 2020 The public have had enough of the harms caused by social media companies and they're demanding tough action. Polling released last night by campaigning organisation the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) shows that the majority of the British public support both financial and criminal sanctions against […]

A New Deal for Britain

This week Boris Johnson has set out the strategy for getting the economy going again as we emerge from the coronavirus lockdown. Whilst the government has delivered a wide ranging package of support for businesses large and small, and helped people in work through the job protection scheme, there is still more we can do. […]

PR Week: Spreading harmful content on social media should be an offence like dumping chemicals in a river

Article by Arvind Hickman for PR Week UK - published 2 July 2020 The former chair of a parliamentary committee charged with investigating social-media platforms has called for the deliberate spreading of harmful content on social media to be criminalised, with users and social-media companies both legally liable. Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hythe, […]

The Daily Telegraph: Pressure grows on Alan Rusbridger and other members of Facebook's oversight board to speak up

Article by James Cook for the Daily Telegraph - published 30 June 2020 Former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger and other members of Facebook's oversight board are under growing pressure to speak out as the social network battles claims of hate speech. The Supreme Court-style board-set up to rule on controversial ethical issues-has so far remained silent […]

COVID-19: From 2m to 1m+

This week Boris Johnson has announced a wide-ranging package of measures to ease the coronavirus restrictions and allow many sectors of our economy and society to re-open. Key to this has been the decision to reduce the social distancing guidelines to over one metre, rather than two. This has been possible because of the falling […]

Social media firms must take responsibility for harmful Covid-19 disinformation

Published in the Press Gazette on 22 June 2020 We are living through the first major public health emergency in the age of social media disinformation. Where the disinformation that is spreading online is not just about politics and elections. It is actually about things that can affect people’s health. And as we have heard from doctors who […]

Why Facebook must do more to combat election interference

Published in The Daily Telegraph on 18 June 2020 Nick Clegg has announced that Facebook has made some ‘big changes’ to its policies in order to make political communication more transparent, and prevent foreign interference in elections, as was seen in America in 2016 when a Russian agency targeted voters with fake adverts. However, there […]

COVID-19: Government support in Folkestone and Hythe

The official data published this week on the jobs market indicates the unprecedented scale of the impact of the coronavirus on the economy. In the Folkestone and Hythe constituency area, 11,800 jobs had been furloughed through the Government's Job Retention Scheme, the equivalent to around 17% of the population aged from 16 to 64. Nationally, the […]

The Daily Telegraph: The internet law that could be central to a US-UK trade deal

Article by James Titcombe for the Daily Telegraph - published 14 June 2020 History's most famous laws are often its shortest. The US constitution clocked in at just four pages; the 10 commandments on two stone tablets. And the internet, while it put an infinity of content at its users' fingertips, owes its current form […]

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Very pleased to see that Rishi Sunak is reducing VAT for the hospitality and tourism industries to 5%, as I asked HM Treasury Minister Kemi Badenoch MP yesterday in the UK House of CommonsWe're reducing VAT to 5% for goods and services supplied by the tourism and hospitality sectors.

This is a £4bn catalyst benefiting over 150,000 businesses, and consumers everywhere - all helping to protect 2.4 million jobs.
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This is an incredibly important support package for the arts 🎭🎨🎤 I've also asked Caroline Dinenage, Minister of State for Digital and Culture at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if the Government has considered Sir Sam Mendes' proposals to make sure that venues are full of creativity as well as people 📺 ... See MoreSee Less

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