With wages not having risen at the same rate as house prices in recent years, I know that many are left feeling that home ownership is beyond their grasp. Just 20 years ago, a home cost on average four and a half times average incomes. Today, that figure has doubled.
I would like to reassure my constituents that I did not vote to allow water companies to pump sewage into our rivers last week as some campaigns have caricatured. I voted in favour of a package of measures to reduce harms from storm overflows.
I'm delighted to be overseeing the passage of the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill as it progresses through Parliament. On Monday, the Bill completed its Second Reading in the Commons and will now move to Committee stage.
Constituents have been in touch with me in recent days about the Second Reading of the Health and Care Bill which took place last week. The unprecedented threat of the COVID-19 pandemic reminded us how vital our health and care system is to all of us.