The Home Secretary today brought forward the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill. The Bill is expected to be proceed through Commons by the end of today, which is quite rare for legislation but shows the Government's urgency to counter illicit financial activity from Russia.
Yesterday, the Home Secretary, Priti Patel MP, set out a new route open to provide sanctuary to Ukrainian refugees. However, I, and my co-signatories from yesterday’s letter, pressed the Government to do more as, in our judgement, the official position yesterday did not go far enough.
A trade deal with Australia is an enormous opportunity for the UK. We are Australia’s second largest trading partner outside the Asia-Pacific and trade between our two countries was worth £18.8 billion in 2019.
It is a privilege to sit on the Science and Technology Select Committee. Together with the Health and Social Care Select Committee, we have been holding a joint inquiry into lessons to be learned from the response to the coronavirus pandemic so far.