GTR Update: Southern & Accessibility

At the beginning of this year, GTR finalised changes to the way they operate on their network – on many trains now the driver is in full control of the doors allowing the new role of on board supervisor (OBS) to spend more time with passengers.

Sunday Politics South East - 22/10/2017

I appeared on Sunday Politics South East to discuss mental health (including my bathing habits!), Brexit, business rates and Southern Rail.

Aslef announcement

I welcome the Aslef executive’s endorsement of the proposals GTR have negotiated to resolve the dispute. Negotiations have been concluded on pay, productivity and Driver Only Operation in a package that will now be put to a referendum of Aslef members.

Baby Loss + WASPI: Herald Column October 19th 2017

Last week was National Baby Loss Awareness week and we marked the occasion in Parliament with a very well informed debate, and a number of events including some very moving testimonies from women who have lost children through stillbirth or in the early weeks after being born.

Protect the Protectors

Thank you to everyone you contacted me about protecting emergency service workers and Chris Bryant's Private Member's Bill. 

Mindfulness and Baths

MP takes bath is apparently hot news in Westminster! The real story was a conference I co-hosted at Westminster yesterday which brought together 20 MPs from over 15 countries to promote #mindfulness as one of the ways we can help tackle the epidemic of mental illness.