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

Monday 30 November 2015
Westminster Hall debate on Sugary Drinks Tax
After a debate in Westminster Hall on the idea of a tax on sugary drinks, I replied as the Minister responsible for policy in this area. [Read More]

Thursday 26 November 2015
Oral Questions to the Ministers for Women and Equalities
During Oral Questions to Ministers for Women and Equalities, I answered a question relating to blood donation, which falls within my Public Health portfolio. [Read More]

Monday 23 November 2015
Adjournment debate on Antibiotics in primary care
Following an adjournment debate on the use of antibiotics in primary care, I responded on behalf of the Government. [Read More]

Tuesday 17 November 2015
Oral Questions to Ministers from the Department of Health
During Oral Questions to Health Ministers, I responded on a range of issues including children with genetic conditions, health problems linked to poverty, Hepatitis C infections, and drink driving. [Read More]

Tuesday 3 November 2015
Westminster Hall Debate on Gay Conversion Therapy
Following a debate in Westminster Hall on the issue of Gay Conversion Therapy, I responded on behalf of the Government. [Read More]