Campaign groups and lobbies often organise e-mail write-in campaigns to MPs. Here are some of Peter’s responses to these campaigns.
The badger cull has led to a significant reduction in the disease but it is not desirable to continue indefinitely. The Government asked Sir Charles Godfray to conduct a review; this concluded in October 2018 and earlier this year the Government set out its proposed next steps in response.
Exit payments can often be important to an employer’s ability to adapt to new circumstances and provide vital financial support to individuals as they search for a new job. Public servants should be given some financial security, but this should only be in a manner that is fair and justifiable.
A vibrant, open and free press that is able to hold the powerful to account is vital to our democracy. Balanced against this it is not unreasonable to expect the press to act with understanding in relation to sensitive personal stories. Press freedom comes with a responsibility to ensure it is not abused.
The release of the proposal by the US for peace between Israelis and Palestinians clearly reflects extensive investment in time and effort. Only the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian territories can determine whether the proposals can meet the needs and aspirations of the people they represent.
The humanitarian situation in Idlib is extremely serious. There is a major concern with the ongoing military action by Russia and the Syrian regime in Idlib, including strikes which have hit civilian infrastructure. It is important that all parties respect the de-escalation zone and agreed ceasefire, abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law and act to protect civilians.