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17 January 2018
Our local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are holding a consultation on proposals to improve services. The changes would affect breast reconstruction services, access to homeopathy treatments and prescription of gluten free foods. To find out more about the proposed changes and to share your views please go to the CCG websites. The consultation is open from 22nd January to 15th April 2018. www.bristolccg.nhs.uk/get-involved www.northsomersetccg.nhs.uk/get-involved www.southgloucestershireccg.nhs.uk/get-involved
We are expecting to hear soon of the appointment of a number of new peers. Names such as Eric Pickles have been mentioned. I have consistently called for, and voted for, an elected House of Lords. When I spent time in the US Congress last year, they were amazed to hear that in the 21st century, in a supposedly democratic country, we still appoint our upper house through a system of patronage. Until we can agree on House of Lords reform, and a basis for elections, we should at the very least take steps to reduce the size of the bloated Second Chamber, which is the second largest in the world. Peers should be working peers, and be required to do a proper day’s work, not just turn up as and when it suits them, and their terms should be limited.
I will be in Parliament this Friday to support Karen Buck’s Private Members’ Bill, to strengthen tenants rights and put a duty on landlords to ensure the homes they rent out are fit for people to live in. When Karen first put her Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill to Parliament in 2015 it was blocked by the Tories, as was a Labour amendment to the Housing Bill. It’s good news that, post-Grenfell, the Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary has now indicated his support for the Bill, although shocking that in this day and age there should be any doubt about it. We now need to make sure there is proper help and advice for tenants who need to enforce their rights, and tough action against revenge evictions by landlords.
When I was first elected in 2005 I set up the All-Party Group on Somaliland with Alun Michael MP. Alun’s successor as MP for Cardiff South and Penarth, Stephen Doughty, hosted a meeting in Parliament this week with Somaliland’s Foreign Minister, Dr Saad Ali Shire. As well as getting an update on the recent election there we also discussed economic development, infrastructure and overseas aid. It was a constructive meeting, with several points for the APPG to follow up on as part of our continued efforts to support Somaliland and the case for recognition.
If you’re in Bristol city centre this weekend I encourage you to stop by this outdoor exhibition by photography Rory Carnegie, commissioned by the National Crime Agency, which aims to shed light on the victims of modern slavery. Home Office figures predict that there are currently some 13,000 modern slaves in the UK, but the true figure is believed to be much higher. As Bristol-based anti-slavery charity Unseen have demonstrated with their #LetsNailIt campaign, raising public awareness is a crucial step toward tackling this hidden crime. Invisible People is on show on the Centre Promenade, Broad Quay, 13/14 January.
This morning I met with the Mayor, Marvin Rees, and Councillor Nicola Beech, who leads on Strategic Planning and City Design in the Mayor’s Cabinet, to talk about what more we can to protect our night-time economy and music venues. Music venues are a crucial part of what makes Bristol a great place to live, and small venues in particular are really important in nurturing new talent. The Council is very keen to protect our grassroots music venues, but needs to be given the powers to do so, as we saw when the Council tried to protect the Fleece from developers, but was overruled by the Planning Inspectorate. The Agent of Change Bill currently going through Parliament, and embedding this principle in Bristol’s Local Plan will play an important part in this.
I was shocked to find out that 1/3 of slaughterhouses have failed their audit in the past 7 years, and that 15% have failed multiple consecutive audits – but only 1 slaughterhouse has been forced to stop sending out their product! It’s also a big cause for concern that a slaughterhouse is allowed to continue operating for several months after receiving an unsatisfactory audit result. I recently submitted several Parliamentary Questions on standards across the slaughterhouse sector. It’s the public’s health and the welfare of animals at risk here, and I will be submitting more Questions to better understand the issue and to hold the Government to account on these failings.

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@gary_rae Yeah, we should just email it with a note to the Lords speaker, over to you mate.
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The week ahead

Week beginning 15th of January

Kerry starts the week with a constituency surgery before heading to London for Defence Questions and the Second Reading of the Space Industry Bill. On Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th the EU (Withdrawal) Bill returns to the Commons for its Report Stage and Third Reading, before it heads to the Lords. Kerry has tabled 2 amendments and is sponsoring others. On Thursday it’s a backbench debate on the treatment of SMEs by RBS. On Tuesday Kerry hopes to speak in a Westminster Hall debate on junk food marketing to children, which is being supported by Cancer Research UK. On Friday Kerry will be in Parliament for Private Members’ Bills, including Karen Buck’s Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill and Frank Field’s Holiday Hunger Bill.

Oral questions include Defence, Treasury, International Development, Transport and PMQs. Kerry will also be taking part in sessions of the Environmental Audit Committee (on Green Finance) and the Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee (on the draft Animal Sentience and Sentencing Bill), as well as visiting Defra HQ to meet staff. Other events include: a briefing on Brexit for Animals; meeting with WWF to talk marine issues; a drop-in hosted by the APPG Vegetarians/ Vegans; the BGIPU Executive (which Kerry recently joined); a roundtable on junk food hosted by the Obesity Health Alliance; launch of the Open Doors 2018 Watch List; and meeting with the RSPB’s Phoenix Forum. Kerry is currently being shadowed by someone on the Operation Black Vote scheme, and will be joining her for the OBV 2028 launch at the Speaker’s House, as well as spending time with her in Parliament. 

From Saturday 20th Kerry will be in Strasbourg as a member of the UK delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Back in Bristol, she will be hosting an event at the Hungerford Road Club on Saturday 27th, at 11am, to discuss with local residents plans for new housing on the Brislington Park and Ride (which will be moved out to Hicks Gate), and what this means for local transport. She will be joined at this by the Cabinet leads for Planning and Transport, Councillor Nicola Beech and Councillor Mhairi Threlfall, as well as ward councillors. This meeting will be followed by campaigning in the Hungerford Road area, against police cuts. On Sunday 28th Kerry will be attending and speaking at a Feeding Bristol event in Fishponds.

If you would like an appointment you can call 0117 939 9901 (between 10am and 1pm) or email kerry.mccarthy.mp@parliament.uk. 


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