Big boost for training with the lifetime skills guarantee

Today in a major speech the Prime Minister has set out our plan to transform the provision of skills so that we can help people to retrain and find new, well-paid jobs as part of our agenda to Build Back Better.

Transport Minister confirms Acle Straight funding still on table

Recent press speculation that suggested funding needed to dual the Acle Straight was off the table caused concern amongst Great Yarmouth businesses and residents. As Member of Parliament, I have long campaigned for these improvements to our local road network and I shared this concern.

Greater protection for frontline heroes

Today, we have announced new plans to double the maximum penalty for those assaulting an emergency worker – from 12 months to 2 years – offering greater protection to our frontline heroes and delivering stronger punishments to these vile thugs for their appalling behaviour.  

Labour back Europe over trade bill

Last night, I joined the Prime Minister in the voting for the UK Internal Market Bill - which protects our United Kingdom and delivers on our manifesto commitment of ensuring unfettered trade across the whole country.

Mercury Column - September 2020

It is an exciting time returning to school after the summer holidays. Even more so if you are heading to a new school. All these years afterwards I still remember that peculiar mix of excitement and nerves. So, spare a thought for all the children heading back to schools across Great Yarmouth.

Taking back control of our fisheries

Today we will witness a historic landmark in Parliament as we debate the proposals to take back control of the fishing waters around the United Kingdom. This key bill - the first in forty years - is an important part of our Brexit legislation.

Eat Out to Help Out Scheme proves a big success

New figures have shown that our Eat Out to Help Out scheme has now been used over 64 million times, delivering a vital boost for our hospitality sector which has been hit hard by coronavirus.  I know from the conversations I've had with local business owners that the scheme has made a big differe