My casework team and I experience the continual frustration of constituents awaiting a hearing at a First-Tier (Immigration and Asylum) Tribunal. We know waiting for a hearing date causes considerable extra distress in what is an already stressful situation. Of course, to be fair to everyone, MPs cannot expedite particular cases on demand. So, I submitted a parliamentary written question to the Ministry of Justice asking what steps Ministers are taking to reduce delays in securing dates for First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum) Hearings. The Parliamentary […]
Tag Archives: Justice
Decisions made in our Parliament and our courts can be struck down by the EU. European Union law trumps the laws and courts of the UK. Important policies, including in areas such as immigration and VAT, can be completely overturned by the EU. For example, Parliament wants to end the Tampon Tax by charging no VAT on sanitary products. The EU blocks this reform. Those who don’t like or support the party of government in the UK have it within their power to vote them […]
Via Share the Facts: Our action plan and the hard work of the Police means that crime is down by more than a quarter – the lowest level on record. The Guardian reports, Crime rate in England and Wales falls 7% to lowest level since 1981.
Tonight is the John Hampden Grammar School Question Time which kicks off the election campaign in Wycombe. More here. In preparation for the event, I’m publishing a series of videos which set out how Conservatives are securing a better future for our country.
As we approach Remembrance Day, police have made counter-terrorism arrests in London and High Wycombe (Bucks Free Press, Telegraph). There is speculation that this weekend’s commemorations were the target of attacks. On this centenary of the start of the Great War, we remember that the men and women of our armed forces fought and died in a just cause: the preservation of democracy and the rule of law against injustice and tyranny. Today, a tiny minority are betraying the rest of us with […]
A detestable practice has arisen in our country which is illegal: abortions for the purpose of sex selection. It is a monstrous evil which must be stopped. Today, my colleague Fiona Bruce is introducing a ten-minute rule motion as follows: 1. ABORTION (SEX-SELECTION): TEN MINUTE RULE MOTION Up to 20 minutes (Standing Order No. 23) Fiona Bruce That leave be given to bring in a Bill to clarify the law relating to abortion on the basis of sex-selection; and for […]
Last week, the Home Secretary introduced a Modern Slavery Bill into Parliament. The Bill sets out to ensure that the law enforcement agencies have the tools they need to stamp out this abhorrent practice. The Modern Slavery Bill contains significant new measures to ensure that victims are better supported and protected, not only to recovery from their terrible ordeal, but also to support effective investigations and prosecutions. Specifically, the Bill will do this by: ensuring that victims are not prosecuted […]
Following reporting of the changes to increase the maximum fines that can be imposed in the magistrates’ courts, an extract from a “Dear colleague” letter from the Ministry of Justice: The current fine levels were set over 20 years ago in 1991 and so were clearly in need of review. Parliament welcomed the move to increase these levels during the passage of the 2012 Act; so too did Magistrates. Once approved by Parliament, the Statutory Instruments will mean a fourfold […]
One of my guiding principles is equality under the law. For us all to live peaceably with each other we must feel that everyone is treated fairly by the police and judicial system. This is why it was good to see the Home Secretary has announced reforms to stop and search. In Wycombe, there are a large number of people from minority backgrounds. Official figures show that if you are from a non-white background you are up to six times […]
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has announced that the Government has changed its policy on causing death or serious injury on the roads through driving while disqualified. Now, if the person who caused an accident leading to someone’s death is found to be already disqualified from driving, the driver will face up to 10 years imprisonment. National Chairman of MAG – the Motorcycle Action Group -, John Mitchell says, “MAG has been campaigning for a change to the sentencing guidelines for a […]