As I write my column for this week I am continuing to receive correspondence from my constituents on the issue of Syria.

This is an issue that I know is very important to people and I want to listen to all of my constituent’s views and concerns ahead of any vote on military intervention.

There is no simple solution to defeating the threat of Deash and that is why I encourage constituents to get in touch with me and share their thoughts with me as I continue to listen to the ranges of opinions on the matter. I want to approach the issue with an open mind about the best course of action.

Last week the Chancellor delivered his Autumn Statement following mounting pressure on him about the government’s plans to cut tax credits with the House of Lords recently voting against the proposals. The Labour Party have also been calling on the Chancellor to change his mind about these cuts.

He has seemingly given into this pressure as he has made a U-turn on these proposals. However the Chancellor has failed completely to reverse changes to the benefit system with those on universal credit continuing to lose out. The Chancellor’s reversed position on tax credits only provides temporary relief for many.

I have been campaigning against these unfair and harmful cuts and I would like to take the opportunity to thank all those who got in touch with me about tax credits and for helping me to make representations on behalf of the people in my constituency who were set to be affected by the proposals. This includes those who attended the meeting I held to find out how the cuts would impact on them.


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