22 NOV 2013
Conservative MPs, including local MP Stephen Phillips, are again spending a Friday away from their constituencies trying to prevent Labour and the Liberal Democrats from stopping the British people having a say over our membership of the EU. The Bill to permit a referendum on EU membership does not have the backing of the Lib Dems and so has had to be brought forward as a Private Members' Bill. Myriad amendments have been put down by Labour MPs in an attempt to derail Conservative plans to let the British people decide whether or not we should continue to be members of the EU. Speaking from the House of Commons, Stephen said, "No one under the age of 56 has had a proper say on whether we should be part of the EU. It doesn't matter where you stand on the debate, we have to ask the British people what it is they want. There is only one way of ensuring that we do that, and that's to get the Bill through Parliament and ensure that there is a Conservative only Government after 2015. That's why I'm in Westminster today."
14 NOV 2013
The Home Secretary, the Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP, paid a visit to the Sleaford and North Hykeham constituency last week to speak to over 200 local people at the annual dinner of the Conservative Association. Focussing on what the Government has achieved at a difficult time for the country, Mrs May stressed the way in which it had been necessary to tackle the deficit which the coalition inherited, notwithstanding which more than 1.4million jobs have been created in the private sector. Dealing with her own brief, the Secretary of State pointed out that she has reduced net migration by a third since taking over and that she is currently bringing forward the toughest Immigration Bill in the nation's history. Local MP, Stephen Phillips, who welcomed Mrs May to Navenby for the dinner, said, "It has been a real honour to have the Home Secretary here in Lincolnshire this evening. She has made clear to everyone that although the Government has had to take difficult decisions, there has been no choice, and that those decisions have always been in the interests of Britain."
06 NOV 2013
Stephen Phillips QC MP today joined other MPs who have served in the Armed Forces to take part in an Act of Remembrance ahead of Sunday's official national commemorations. The group of Parliamentarians from across the political spectrum attended the ceremony at the Guards Chapel, within London's Wellington Barracks, to pay their respects to the fallen of the two world wars and conflicts since. It is believed to be the first time that Armed Forces veterans in the House of Commons have gathered in this way. "This unprecedented event showed just how many MPs have served in our military in a regular or reservist capacity," Stephen said. "I hope that gathering together today sends a message to today's personnel that their democratic representatives, regardless of political colour, are on their side. Ahead of Remembrance Sunday, I am proud to have had the opportunity to pay my respects to those who have fallen in the company of so many colleagues from all sides of the House."