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Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 @ 5:36PM

General Election Brings Great Opportunity For Lib Dems

Well  despite having planned for it we didn’t really think it would happen but Libs Dems say bring it on!  I was in Manchester helping with by election when the General Election was announced by Theresa May. Here’s me with Liz Leffman our Winey Candidate and Jane Brophy our Manchester…

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Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 @ 5:11PM

Brexit: Why Freedom of Movement Restrictions Will Impact on the Creative Industries

Here is a piece I wrote for the House Magazine recently. Freedom of Movement and the Creative industries  Our creative industries are of ever growing importance to the UK economy quite apart from their cultural value. Worth £87bn to the UK economy, they are growing three times as fast as…

Saturday, January 21st, 2017 @ 11:36AM

Libs Dem Demand Top Table for Creative Industries

The Lib Dem DCMS Team recently led a debate on the impact of Brexit on the Creative Industries  Here is how I introduced it : Last July, when I took part in the two-day debate on the outcome of the European Union referendum, I talked about the implications of Brexit…

Sunday, November 6th, 2016 @ 7:28PM

Peers criticize Ebacc

In a debate initiated by Lib Dem President Baroness Sal Brinton Peers, including myself decried the drop in creative subjects taken at GCSE as a result of the the the Government’s EBacc measures which focus on STEM not STEAM i.e. the arts are excluded with all the consequent impact on…

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Sunday, November 6th, 2016 @ 6:39PM

New All Party Parliamentary Artificial Intelligence Group Being Formed

Stephen Metcalfe MP, Chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee and I are forming a new All Party Group. We held a very well attended first meeting of the prospective group on 21st November. We are are now formally creating the Group and a full programme of meetings is planned.

Sunday, September 11th, 2016 @ 12:06PM

Lord C-J calls for restriction on PSPO’s

Back in the Summer buskers, civil liberty campaigners and many others protested about the increasing use of PSPO’s a subject on which I have been campaigning ever since the Anti Social Crime and policing Bill became law. See here Recently I held a debate in the House of Lords to…

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