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Friday 1 April 2022 We are all appalled at the behaviour of the management of P&O Ferries in dismissing their entire workforce and replacing them with agency workers being paid well below the minimum wage. Its chief executive Peter Hebblethwaite has even admitted in front of a parliamentary committee that P&O Ferries was in breach […]

P&O Ferries

Thursday 24 March 2022 This week in the House of Commons, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak set out in the Spring Statement his plan to support the recovery of the economy, following the COVID pandemic. Whilst the economy is expected to grow 3.8% this year, and be bigger than it was before the […]

Napier Barracks

Monday 21 March 2022 On 11 March I visited Napier Barracks in Folkestone, along with the Leader of Folkestone and Hythe District Council, Cllr David Monk. We were given a tour of improvements made to the facilities for the three hundred asylum claimants who are resident there. The Barracks is being used as a temporary […]

Tech giants must NOT be allowed to become 'editor-in-chief of the free press', MPs warn - amid growing calls to strengthen Online Safety Bill and better protect news publishers

Article by Jim Norton for the Daily Mail - published 18 March 2022 Tech giants must not be allowed to become 'editor-in-chief of our free press', the chair of an influential parliamentary committee has warned. Damian Collins MP yesterday added his voice to calls for stronger protections for recognised news publishers within the Online Safety […]

We're taking back control from Silicon Valley

Article written for the Daily Telegraph published 17 March 2022 The future is digital. Hybrid working, speaking to loved ones far away, community organising to send supplies to Ukraine: the internet has made this all so much easier. But so far, we’ve struggled to rein in the wild west of the internet, where abuse, crime, and […]

President Zelensky

Wednesday 9 March 2022 On Tuesday 7 March I attended the address given by the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky to the House of Commons. It is without precedent for a non-member of parliament to speak in the chamber of the House, but it brought to us directly his message of determination to resist the […]


Friday 25 February 2022 Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is an unprovoked assault on a peaceful and sovereign nation. There can be no justification for the action that President Putin has taken. He has lied repeatedly to the Russian people and to the world about the situation in Ukraine. Mr Putin has falsely asserted time and […]

If the gig economy won’t look after its workers, this government must

Article written for the Guardian - published 17 February 2022 When the then Conservative cabinet minister, Norman Tebbit, fondly remembered how his dad went out on his bike to look for work he could hardly have imagined how many hundreds of thousands of people would be doing just that. The number of delivery riders working in the […]

Cost of heating

Monday 14 February 2022 I know that many local residents are concerned about the impact that rising prices are having on their household budget. In particular we all face the prospect of significant increases in the costs of heating our home. I along with many other Members of Parliament have been asking the government what […]

We must clamp down on intolerable online behaviour

Article written for the New Statesman - published 7 February 2022 The last time I wrote for the New Statesman on Big Tech and internet safety, the joint committee on the draft online safety bill’s inquiry was in full swing. Over the course of five months, the committee received more than 200 written evidence submissions, and took […]

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