The MP for Windsor, Adam Afriyie was among a group of speakers from several political parties and campaign groups to speak at a rally set up to oppose plans for a third runway at Heathrow.
The rally took place at the Church House conference centre in Westminster and brought together hundreds of campaigners to support the fight against Heathrow’s plans for a third runway.
The event titled “Rally against the Third Runway” was organised by campaign group HACAN and welcomed Conservatives Adam Afriyie, Zac Goldsmith, Mary Macleod, Steven Norris, Liberal Democrat Business Minister Vince Cable, Labour MPs John McDonnell and Andy Slaughter as well as representatives from the Green Party and UKIP to speak.
Mr Afriyie said after the event:
“The breadth of speakers from all major political parties at the Rally against the Third Runway shows that Heathrow’s plans are completely politically undeliverable.
Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, used the most recent session of parliamentary questions to the Minister for Women and Equalities, Nicky Morgan, to praise the Government’s move to ensure that victims receive compensation from offenders for certain crimes.
Under the Labour Government, offenders could opt to extend their prison sentence rather than pay the charge, which is intended to help victims rebuild their lives.
As registered in the official record of the House of Commons, the exchange went as follows:
“Adam Afriyie Conservative, Windsor: The Berkshire women’s refuge serves my constituency incredibly well. We all abhor domestic violence, particularly towards women, so does my right hon. Friend, like me, welcome the victim surcharge, which ensures that those who commit these acts contribute to making reparations?
This is taken from the official record of the House of Commons’ Hansard from a debate on mental health on the 24th of February 2015:
Adam Afriyie (Conservative, Windsor): I was not sure whether I would make it to this debate, given my other responsibilities, but I am very glad that I have. I thank the Backbench Business Committee for scheduling the debate, and Paul Burstow for opening it.
This is an important debate, not only for those with mental health challenges who are unemployed, but because it is something that I think strikes at the heart of what we are all doing in politics. With millions of people affected—one in four people will be affected by a mental health challenge in their lifetime—this issue lies at the heart of what it is to be human, to be British, and to be part of a democratic society. Right now in this Chamber, across the House, in our offices and across the country, probably one in six or seven people is struggling with some form of mental health challenge. That says to me that it is part of the normality of the human condition, and surely as Members of Parliament and Government, and as law makers, we must bear that in mind when making the laws of the land.
The MP for Windsor, Adam Afriyie, visited Windsor Girls’ School, a local secondary school ahead of its move to joint academy status along with Windsor Boys’ School.
During his visit, he took questions from students and had a tour of the facilities.
Commenting afterwards, Mr Afriyie said:
“It was a delight to visit Windsor Girls’ School, which continues to shape educated, polite and ambitious students. I am not surprised OFSTED awarded it the best possible status after their recent inspection.
It was a moving moment to be unanimously readopted as the candidate by the Windsor Conservative Association, back in 2013. To receive their endorsement means a lot to me, and has enabled me to continue focussing my energies on fighting for the things that matter to residents.
Having come from a pretty tough background in South East London it is a huge privilege to have served as the MP for Windsor since 2005. We’ve achieved a lot since then, but there is so much more to do and I am determined to see it through if re-elected in May.
2015 will be an important year for the future of Windsor constituents and our country. With the General Election just 12 weeks away we face perhaps the starkest choice in a generation.