In Parliament

In June 2017, David was appointed as a Government Whip. As a Government Whip, it is David's job to help ensure the smooth passage of government business through the House of Commons. Whips also play a pastoral role in supporting their colleagues.

As a Minister, David is not permitted to serve on All Party Parliamentary Groups, or to sign Early Day Motions. By convention, Whips also do not speak in the Commons Chamber.

However, being a Whip gives David unique access to Government Ministers and Departments and, therefore, to other ways to campaign for the constituency.  He actively speaks with Government Ministers and stand up for local residents and communities in this way. For example, over recent months he has campaigned for additional investment in Macclesfield District General Hospital's A&E Department, and continues to campaign to retain vital local mental health adult inpatient beds in Macclesfield.

The core of his work continues to remain being a strong voice for Macclesfield, and he will go on standing up for local residents in Parliament.

You can find details of David's speeches and appearances in Parliament, prior to his appointment as a Government Whip, below.

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Animals | Commons debates

I will give way in just one second, because I was about to say that I am sure that those who make decisions about what goes on in this Ch

Animals | Commons debates

Yes, I absolutely will do that. I have said that to colleagues in the context of Wales, and we will do that in Scotland as well.

Animals | Commons debates

First, I say once again that it is fantastic to be able to participate in such a positive debate and to make such positive progress.

Animals | Commons debates

I know that a lot is going on to share best practice and experience among the devolved Administrations, and I will ensure that that takes