The Agriculture Bill - Good For Farmers, Consumers And The Environment

This Parliament is quickly becoming one of firsts.  Last week I took part in the first-ever remote vote on the Agriculture Bill – remote voting is a strange experience – sitting in the home office (not the Home Office) watching the debate and logging into the system at the right time.  Very diffe

Getting Grimsby retailers safely open for business quickly

We can’t escape the fact that the present restrictions currently in place to combat Covid-19 are having a very negative impact on some of our local businesses. Some of these businesses in the town, such as family owned shops were already facing tough trading conditions before the pandemic.

World Leading Technology For Our Area

On May 11th, I had an on-line meeting with Kwasi Kwarteng, Minister of State at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Working to Get Business Going and Protect Jobs

I was very pleased to meet with local business representatives to discuss the practical ways we can get business up and running safely and protect jobs in Great Grimsby

Unsung Hero Awards - Northern Lincolnshire

Lia Nici MP and Vickers MP and have launched the ‘Northern Lincolnshire Unsung Hero Awards’ to recognise those in our community who are going above and beyond to help others during this difficult time.

Helping Our Farms To Provide Work

Along with most Lincolnshire MPs last week, I took part in a virtual meeting with the Greater Lincolnshire Enterprise Partnership (LEP). One topic that came up was the need for people to work on farms at harvest time to make sure that our food supply is strong and we don't end up with food rottin

Problems With Furlough Payments?

I know that some constituents may have problems receiving furlough payments if they have left a job for a new one, which then doesn't work out because of the national constraints in place.

Delays Within The Local Criminal Justice System

After recent meetings with the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner in Humberside, it is clear that there is a lot  of concern about the backlog of both Crown and Magistrates Court trials in our area.

Protecting our Fishing and Food Processing Industry

Last Thursday I met with Sheryll Murray MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fisheries. We discussed the UK’s new Fisheries Bill and its impact on towns such as Great Grimsby.

Buying Local

It was good to be able to talk to some of the stallholders at the Top Town Market yesterday and see how they are coping.  It was very sad to see the number of stalls that have had to stop trading due to the virus.