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STANDING UP FOR WATFORD IN WESTMINSTER

Standing Up For Watford

Dean has been an active member in Parliament since day one as Watford's MP. 

Dean has raised local issues ranging from commuters concerns to the width restriction at Woodmere avenue, through to representing Watford on national matters ranging from COVID to mental health, business support to Brexit.

As a member of the Health & Social Care Select Committee and the Joint Committee on Human Rights, Dean has been at the forefront of scrutinising government and advisors by asking the questions you wanted answered around lockdown and COVID.

Throughout the last year, Dean has regularly met with Ministers and Secretaries of State to raise issues raised by constituents in surgeries and from outreach. 

As a member, and Chairman, of several All Party Parliamentary Groups Dean has also put people before politics in Westminster to collaborate on issues relevant to Watford and nationally.

If you want Dean to raise an issue in Parliament, please get in touch via the contact page here. 

Health & Social Care
Select Committee

Dean has been a member of the Health and Social Care Committee since the 2nd March 2020. The committee is responsible for scrutinising the work of the Department of Health and Social Care and its associated public bodies. The committee examines government policies, spending and administration on behalf of the electorate and the House of Commons.  

Find out more about the Health and Social Care Select Committee here, including video clips of all Dean's questions to witnesses.

Joint Committee
on Human Rights

Dean has been a member of the Human Rights (Joint Committee) since the 2nd March 2020. The Joint Committee on Human Rights consists of twelve members, appointed from both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The committee examines matters relating to human rights within the United Kingdom, as well as scrutinising every Government Bill for its compatibility with human rights.

Find out more about the Join Committee on Human Rights, including video clips of all Dean's questions to witnesses.

Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art 

Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art 

Dean has been a member of the Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art since the 20th May 2020.

 

The Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art is a cross-party group of Members appointed by the Speaker to advise on the use and management of the Parliamentary Art Collection in the House of Commons.

 

This includes the purchase of works of art, safeguarding the Parliamentary Art Collection, ensuring new purchases are in line with the Acquisition Policy and to advise officials on the decorative interiors of the Commons areas of the Parliamentary Estate. 

Speeches in Parliament

Dean has spoken regularly in Parliament on local and national issues. Every speech in Parliament is recorded in Hansard for future generations to read, and also available in video for viewing.

Dean's speeches and questions in Parliament can be found in the Speeches in Parliament section of this website with a filter based on topics and categories. 

Over the past year Dean has taken part in three Prime Minister's Questions, raised serious issues directly to Ministers and Secretaries of State and regularly mentions local Watford people, community groups and businesses to say thanks from the House of Commons. 

View Dean's speeches in Parliament by clicking here.

Air Traffic Management and
Unmanned Aircraft Bill [Lords] Committee

A part of the role of an MP is to sit on Bill Committees as well as sessions on Statutory Instruments and Direct Legislation which form laws across the country.

 

Dean was recently on the Telecommunications Bill committee and more recently was a member of the Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill [Lords] Committee which took place on the 4th February 2021. The committee makes provision for airspace change proposals and the licensing regime for air traffic services under Part 1 of the Transport Act 2000. The committee also confer police powers relating to unmanned aircraft and requirements in Air Navigation Orders and provide for fixed penalties for certain offences relating to unmanned aircrafts. 

Visits To Parliament

When Parliament reopens to the public, Dean is keen to begin to host tours for Watford constituents of the Palace of Westminster.

If you would like to express an interest in joining a future tour, please get in touch via the contact form here.

Sadly, Dean is not allowed to cover the travel costs for the visits but will always endeavour to ensure visits are affordable to constituents.

All Party Parliamentary Groups

All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal cross-party groups that have no official status within Parliament. They are run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords, though many choose to involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities. 

 

Dean is the Chair, Vice Chair and member of several All Party Parliamentary Groups which have relevance to Watford or topical national issues.

 

Find out more about the APPG's Dean is involved in here.