Having been an employer for much of my career before being elected as the MP for Sutton, Cheam and Worcester Park, I know how important it is to look after your employees.

In recognition of Living Wage Week, Parliament took the time to debate the National Living Wage last Thursday.

I joined my neighbouring MP for Mitcham and Morden, Siobhain McDonagh, in calling for this important debate and was delighted that MPs were given the opportunity to discuss this topic.

I have always tried to pay my employees above the minimum wage at a competitive rate, both to get the best out of them as employees and to help give them a decent wage to live on.

You can listen to my speech here, and I hope employers will be listening to what MPs said.