RMT and ASLEF strike action

I am sorry to say that the unions in dispute with Southern Rail are going ahead with further strike action in the coming days. These will happen on January 10th, 11th, and 13th, with further strikes announced for January 24th, 25th and 27th.

Our "One Nation" agenda must stop boys falling behind at age five

The Prime Minister was absolutely right to say outside the door of 10 Downing Street that “If you’re a white working-class boy you’re less likely than anybody else in Britain to go to university.”

If we want this to change, we have to go right back to the beginning.

Centenary of the Battle of the Somme

This week, Parliament paid remembered those who took part in the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Today there are services of remembrance all over the country for those who fought there. I was fortunate to be called to speak during our commemoration in the Chamber, and this is my speech: 

Statement on the EU referendum result

I am very disappointed about the result of the referendum, but the people have voted to leave and I respect that. Anecdotally, from the straw poll that people did at the count, many wards in Southsea indicated that they would prefer to stay in. However, the vote has been counted as a single total across the two Portsmouth constituencies and it shows a clear decision for leaving the EU.