Parliament


In October 2013, I was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health at the Department of Health. As a Minister, I was only able to speak in the chamber of the House of Commons, or the second chamber, Westminster Hall, on issues in my ministerial portfolio. However, I continued to raise hundreds of issues, both local and national, on behalf of my constituents in Parliament with other Ministers through letters and meetings. Although during the dissolution I am no longer an MP, I remain as the Public Health Minister until a new Government is formed.

As a Minister, I spoke in Parliament on a regular basis. I answered both Written and Oral Questions; I led and responded to debates on issues in my portfolio, as well as during Statements and Urgent Questions. This page gives you a summary of where I have spoken in Parliament over the last five year. You can find a complete list of my contributions in the last Parliamentary session here.


Latest Parliamentary Session

Tuesday 2 June 2015
Oral Questions to Ministers from the Department of Health
During Oral Questions to Health Ministers, I responded on a range of issues including tackling obesity, hair replacement treatment for cancer patients, cancer survival rates, and preventing diabetes. [ [Read More]

Tuesday 2 June 2015
Responding to debate on Queen’s Speech: Health and Social Care
Following a debate on the health aspects of the Queen’s speech and several maiden speeches by new MPs, I responded on behalf of the Government. [Read More]

Thursday 26 March 2015
Debate on the Penrose Inquiry
I spoke on behalf of the Government about the Penrose Report into contaminated blood. [Read More]

Wednesday 25 March 2015
Westminster Hall Debate on Princess Royal University Hospital
Following a Westminster Hall Debate on the future of the Princess Royal University Hospital, I responded on behalf of the Government. [Read More]

Wednesday 25 March 2015
Adjournment Debate on Social Care and Military Compensation
I responded to an Adjournment Debate on Social Care and Military Compensation, setting out the Government’s position. [Read More]