Campaign Responses

While individual constituency enquiries are answered by email or letter, I will be adding my responses to various national campaign emails on this section of my website. You may also be able to find the information you are looking for on the website of the relevant Government department.

Please be aware that I took the decision before I was elected not to sign any Early Day Motions (EDMs). These have no chance of ever becoming law and, according to the House of Commons Library, cost £271 each to publish. I do not feel this is a good use of taxpayer’s money, nor do I feel this is an effective method of raising issues in Parliament. I continue to raise individual concerns with Ministers and on the floor of the House.

If you require any further assistance, you can contact me at ruth.edwards.mp@parliament.uk

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United Kingdom Internal Market Bill

The UK Internal Market Bill will ensure continuity and certainty for people and businesses ensuring that businesses in all parts of the UK can continue to trade seamlessly across the country as they do now, protecting jobs and supporting the economy as we recover from coronavirus.

Animal Welfare in Trade

Thank you for contacting me about maintaining and improving animal welfare standards through legislation.

Protecting Hen Harriers Campaign

Thank you for contacting me about the protection of birds of prey and particularly the hen harrier. I share your concern about the decline in their numbers.

Greenpeace Supertrawlers Campaign

Thank you for getting in touch.

The UK is a global leader in the fight to protect our seas with our ‘Blue Belt’ of protected waters.

Trade Bill Amendments

Thank you for contacting me regarding the recent Trade Bill.

The Conservatives have been running the NHS for 44 of its 71 years, and fundamentally believe it’s there for everyone in the country to rely on free at the point of use.

Gender Recognition Act

Thank you for getting in touch regarding transgender equality. I appreciate how emotive this issue is for many people and how strongly you feel.

ISC Report on Russia

Updated 21/07/2020 upon the release of the report which you can find here.

Thank you for contacting me about the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (ISC) report on Russia.

Coronavirus - Sight Loss and Public Transport

Thank you for contacting me about ensuring people with sight loss can access public transport as the country begins to open up again.

I am grateful that you have taken the time to write to me on this important matter.

Legal Aid

Thank you for contacting me about legal aid.

I am pleased that the Ministry of Justice continues to make provision of £1.7 billion a year in legal aid and that a new Legal Support Action Plan has been announced which will ensure resources are available for those who need it most. 

Coronavirus - Sunday Trading

Thank you for contacting me about Sunday Trading and for sharing your concerns about calls to relax the laws at this time. 

Coronavirus - NHS Weekly Testing

I am disappointed that there has been misrepresentation around this issue.

To be very clear, I am not against regular testing of NHS staff.

I am in favour of NHS staff testing policy as advised by the Chief Medical Officer.

FCO and DFID Merger

Thank you for contacting me about the merger of the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Coronavirus - Zoos and Aquariums

Thank you for contacting me about zoos, wildlife parks and aquariums.

I am pleased that outdoor facilities at zoos and safari parks have been allowed to reopen. Indoor attractions, including aquariums and certain sections of zoos, will have to remain closed.

Black Lives Matter

Thank you for writing to me about the tragic death of George Floyd and the subsequent protests in the US and across the world against racism and discrimination.

Afghan Sikh and Hindu Refugees

Please note: You can find the latest information on seeking protection or asylum on the Government website.

Thank you for contacting me about asylum for Afghan Hindus and Sikhs.

UC Waiting Times

Thank you for contacting me about people with cancer who claim Universal Credit (UC).

I believe it is crucial that people who suffer from health conditions such as cancer should receive as much support as possible to help reduce stress and anxiety.

Animal Sentience

Thank you for taking the time to write to me on the issue of animal welfare and sentience. As someone who rears a variety of animals at home including three inquisitive alpacas and a brood of happy chickens, I understand how important this issue is to many people.

Pay Rises for the NHS

May I begin by paying tribute to every single person working in the NHS during this incredibly difficult period. We owe them an enormous debt of gratitude for their hard work, dedication and professionalism.

HS2

Thank you for getting in touch with me on the issue of HS2.

Schools Reopening Statement

As of the press conference on 28 May, the Prime Minister has announced that, currently, we are meeting the five tests and has confirmed that the reopening of schools in England will go ahead for 1 June.

Coronavirus - No Recourse to Public Funds Campaign

Thank you for getting in touch with me on the issue of migrants working in the UK and the No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) condition. I join the Government in its support of our key migrant workers and appreciate the valuable contributions they make to the UK economy.

Coronavirus - Bar Council Campaign

Thank you for contacting me about support for barristers during the current pandemic.

I share your view that barristers make a tremendous contribution to society and are vital in ensuring the delivery of justice and the maintenance of law and order.

Coronavirus - Road Haulage Association Survey

Thank you for contacting me about the Road Haulage Association Survey. 

I recognise the real difficulties facing the road haulage sector. I also understand that the sector has a vital role to play in the national effort to combat the spread of the disease.