Second Scottish Referendum

Thank you for contacting me about the Scottish Government's proposal for a second referendum on Scottish Independence.

Beer Duty and Business Rates

Thank you for contacting me about beer duty and business rates.

I recognise the important contribution that pubs make to their local communities, and I welcome the Government's efforts to support this through the taxation system.

Proposed Purchase of Sky

Thank you for contacting me about 21st Century Fox's proposed purchase of Sky.
As you are probably aware, Sky has stated that it received an approach from 21st Century Fox to acquire the 61 per cent share of Sky that it does not yet already own.


During a speech in the chamber about refugees from Syria in Greece and Italy, I defended our Government – which has spent over £2.3 billion in the region to help the refugees fleeing from Syria.  The Government made that decision because they believe that those refugees are safer and happier rema