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Recently, the EU signed the biggest free trade deal in history between Japan and itself. For the last few remaining days we remain members of the EU we will benefit from it. However, if we crash out we lose access to the free trade agreement.

Earlier on in the questioning, my colleagues asked if the Trade Secretary expects us to have exactly the same benefits of this trade deal when we leave the EU, he answered no but stated that we would join the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership which he said was a much better deal.

I asked the Minister how long he thought it would take for us to try and join this trade group. The answer? Eight long years. This is eight years of lost economic growth, eight year of loss for potential new jobs and eight years of standing on the sidelines whilst other nations rush ahead of us.

I have joined The Climate Coalition in Parliament to support the ‘Show the Love’ campaign.

‘Show the Love’ is an annual celebration for the people, places and life that we love and want to protect from climate change. Hundreds of thousands of constituents up and down the country have been crafting green hearts, holding events and starting conversations about the impacts of climate change on our doorstep here in the UK.

Last October saw the release of the ground-breaking IPCC report on climate change from the scientific community, which revealed the stark difference between a world where we don’t act enough to curb dangerous emissions trends, and one where we do and keep temperature increase globally below 1.5 degrees Celsius. Read more “SUPPORTING MOLD AND NORTHOP HALL WOMEN INSTITUTES PLEDGE ORGANISED BY THE CLIMATE CHANGE COALITION IN PARLIAMENT TO GIVE SUPPORT FOR ‘SHOW THE LOVE’ CAMPAIGN”

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The Prime Minister returned to Parliament yesterday to provide an update on her renegotiation of the Withdrawal Agreement.

This week one of our top policing and security experts stated that the deal before us will mean that we lose access to DNA databases, security alerts on terrorism and access to the European Arrest Warrant. I wanted the Prime Minister to promise a backstop insurance policy to ensure that we do not lose these important measures.

In her response she admitted her deal doesn’t cover two areas on criminal records and DNA databases. The Prime Minister stated that there will be ‘discussions’ on UK access to these in the future. I’m sorry, but to throw our national security overboard in the hope that ‘discussions’ will be fruitful in the future is reckless and puts us at risk.

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So-called ‘problem-solving’ courts provide individualised assessments of offenders, taking into account personal circumstances that may result in repeat offending and seeking to reach agreement with individuals in a non-confrontational way. Such courts rely on having a consistent relationship between the judge and the offender and often adopt a multi-disciplinary approach, bringing together several agencies at one site.

In 2016, the previous Minister for Justice promised to implement reforms to ensure these courts worked more effectively following a Justice Committee review. I asked the current Minister where we are now, a good three years on, in implementing these changes.

Sadly, it seems the Government has taken its eye off the ball as the Minister could not provide any evidence as to where the Department has got to. She has promised to write to the Committee and I will be looking carefully at her response.