Following the Government statement on preparations for the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol, James Sunderland urges the EU to take a pragmatic and proportionate approach to all negotiations if they are as serious as we are about peace, prosperity and the people of Northern Ireland.
James Sunderland supports temporary changes to allow clinically extremely vulnerable MPs to take part in debates via video link and asks about preparations for when the House of Commons returns to normal.
James Sunderland highlights the impact of the second lockdown on the aviation, leisure, entertainment and exhibitions sectors in particular, he says “we need to learn to live alongside the virus, not to hide from it.”
James Sunderland recalls talking to veterans at the D-day 75 commemoration in Portsmouth last summer and calls for an end to visa fees for British soldiers from Commonwealth countries when they leave the service and for an amnesty for the group of Fijian-born soldiers seeking right to remain through the courts.
James Sunderland recounts the contribution that BME communities make, and have made, to our armed forces and urges caution to those seeking to change our national curriculum. He says: “our all-important diversity and inclusion agenda lies in good education, dialogue, mutual respect, wider acceptance of our past failings and tolerance.”