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Andrew Jones Member of Parliament for Harrogate & Knaresborough

Andrew Jones MP

Member of Parliament for Harrogate & Knaresborough

Campaigning and lobbying responses

Every month Andrew Jones MP receives around 1000 emails and letters sent by constituents on behalf of campaigning and lobbying groups. Andrew believes that his response to the ‘mass mailings’ are a matter of wider public interest. This section of the website shares those responses and can be used as a resource for constituents who regularly send emails from lobbying groups.

  • Resettlement of Bedouin community in Israel

    May 24, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding Israeli settlement building in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and the displacement of the Bedouin Community. The British Embassy in Tel Aviv raised the issue of the demolition of the villages of Um-il-Hiran and Ateer with the Ministry of Justice and the Arab Affairs Officer at the Prime Minister’s office. […]

  • Academies

    May 18, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding academies. The Government is committed to ensuring every child has access to an excellent education which allows them to achieve their potential. The reforms of the past six years have led to 1.4 million more children being taught in ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ schools. The academy programme puts control of […]

  • Early language skills

    Thank you for contacting me regarding early language skills. Members of the Government do not, by convention, sign Early Day Motions (EDMs) as doing so may breach the Ministerial Code’s rules on collective responsibility. I appreciate your concern on this issue. It is important that all children have access to high quality early education and […]

  • Child First campaign

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the Child First campaign. I believe we must ensure there are no avoidable child deaths as a result of unsafe child contact with a perpetrator of domestic abuse. The Government remains committed to ensuring parents work together in the best interests of the child following family breakdown. For cases […]

  • Homelessness

    May 4, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me about homelessness. A Ministerial Working Group was set up in 2010 in order to tackle the problems behind rough sleepers and those at risk of homelessness. Their report Making Every Contact Count provided the blueprint for councils, charities, health services and the police to work together to tackle homelessness. This […]

  • Trade Union Bill

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the Trade Union Bill. Trade unions are valuable institutions in British society and dedicated trade unionists have a strong history of working hard to represent and support their members. I believe it is only fair, however, that the rights of unions are balanced with the rights of hardworking taxpayers […]

  • Housing delivery test

    May 3, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding housing and the Green Belt. I believe that our fields, woodlands and countryside should be protected against excessive development. These are special areas of our country that we have a right to enjoy and pass on to future generations. I recognise that more homes need to be delivered to […]

  • Violence against girls and women

    April 27, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding violence against girls and women (VAWG). The UK has played a leading role in tackling VAWG world-wide and I know it will continue to be a priority for the Department for International Development (DFID). The UK has lead efforts across the globe to ensure that a target to end […]

  • Cannabis for medical use

    April 26, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the legalisation of cannabis for medicinal use. Members of the Government do not, by convention, sign any Early Day Motions, as doing so is likely to breach the Ministerial Code’s rules on collective responsibility. Cannabis in its raw form is not recognised as having medicinal purposes. The licensing regime […]

  • Dementia care

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the recent Westminster Hall debate on dementia care. I understand your concern on this important issue. Improving dementia awareness is important not only for those suffering but for the network of family and friends affected as well. Ensuring better care for those with dementia is essential. It is clear […]

  • Press standards

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the Leveson inquiry. The Government is committed to supporting a strong, independent and effective self-regulatory system for the press that commands the confidence of both the public and industry. With regards to Part Two of the Leveson Inquiry, criminal proceedings connected to the subject matter of the Leveson Inquiry, including the […]

  • Plastic microbeads

    Thank you for contacting me regarding plastic microbeads used in cosmetic products. I understand your concerns about the impact these ingredients can have on the marine environment. I’m therefore pleased that the UK and our neighbouring countries are working with the industry to see their use phased out voluntarily. The UK is party to an […]

  • Tax evasion

    April 22, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding tax evasion and the UK’s overseas territories and Crown dependencies. Tackling aggressive measures of tax avoidance is something to which I am committed. In the last Parliament alone the Government made an unprecedented 40 tax changes to close loopholes, raising £12billion. In this Parliament we will legislate for more […]

  • World Water Day

    April 11, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding water and sanitation. Access to clean drinking water and effective sanitation is vital to give people in developing countries the opportunity to lead healthy, fulfilled, and productive lives. Between 2011 and 2015 the Department for International Development (DFID) helped 62.9 million people access clean water, better sanitation or improved […]

  • Zero carbon emissions

    Thank you for contacting me about the Government’s recent promise to enshrine the Paris goal of net zero emissions in UK law. I was delighted to hear the Minister make this commitment. The Paris Agreement was a momentous step forward and I am pleased to see that the Government will build on its progress already […]

  • Freedom of Religion in Nigeria

    April 10, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the religious persecution in Nigeria. I understand your concern on this issue. The plight of Christians in Nigeria is most concerning and I have raised this matter with Ministerial colleagues in the Foreign Office (FCO). I am proud of Britain’s commitment to promoting the fundamental right to freedom of […]

  • Orkambi

    April 6, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the availability of Orkambi. While the preliminary recommendation is that this treatment is not cost effective I believe it is worth exploring if there is a way it can be made available to NHS patients. I was interested to read a proposal from the Cystic Fibrosis Trust for the […]

  • Local government pension scheme investments

    Thank you for contacting me regarding local government pension scheme investments. I believe that local government pension fund assets should be invested in a way that provides value for money for taxpayers as well as security for scheme members. The Government has been clear that local authorities should be more ambitious in their infrastructure investment […]

  • Beer duty

    March 23, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me about the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). Pubs play a crucial role in the social and economic life of our nation. As a key part of the economy, the pub sector is being supported in a range of ways. Through the Asset of Community Value scheme communities can list facilities […]

  • Strengthening GP services

    March 22, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me about strengthening GP services. I appreciate that GPs work very hard and carry out a vital role and I know that Ministers are determined to make sure that we have the correct number of GPs. The Government has mandated Health Education England (HEE) to provide national leadership on education, training […]