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15 October 2017
The world renowned and widely respected International Monetary Fund has now rejected the long accepted orthodoxy that raising taxes on the wealthiest earners will be harmful to growth. Over the past few decades, but particularly since the financial crash of 2008, we have seen wealth and income inequalities rise, as the experiences of those at the top completely diverged from the majority of people facing the brunt of austerity, wage shrinkage, and a rising cost of living. I hope we are able to reopen the discussion about a more progressive tax system, which I see as key to achieving a more equal society.
I’m late to this - Tory MP Rebecca Pow, claiming at her party conference that Labour MPs ‘don’t have soil in their constituencies’ Clearly this is a nonsense; what is more invidious is her claim that this issue of soil depletion ‘is not on Labour’s agenda’. She boasts that it is now on the Government’s agenda ‘because of a parliamentary inquiry and a debate’. Well yes. That would be the inquiry into soil health carried out by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) chaired by Labour’s Mary Creagh, and the subsequent parliamentary debate on soil, led by Mary too, in which I also spoke (as you’d think Ms Pow might recall, given that she intervened on me several times). https://www.theyworkforyou.com/whall/… I could also point Ms Pow, as Chair of the All-Party Group on Agroecology, to the three part inquiry on soil health it conducted which preceded the EAC inquiry. Or to my Westminster Hall debate on urban food-growing, at which I waxed lyrical about the need to protect soil classified
Earlier this week I was in Strasbourg as a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which covers 47 European countries and is primarily concerned with matters of democracy and human rights. I have added my name to this statement on the humanitarian situation affecting the Rohingya people in Myanmar. The Disasters Emergency Committee has now set up an appeal fund and I would urge those of you who can to make a donation - https://www.dec.org.uk/…
Following my question to the Prime Minister on Wednesday about meningitis and the risk for young people, I am keeping up the campaign to extend the provision of vaccination against Meningitis B to all children and young people. Raising awareness alone is not enough; we need Government action on this. I have written this article urging the Government to do more, and will be taking relatives of Izzy and George to meet with the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, on 1st November. Sign the petition to vaccinate all children against Meningitis B here - https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/200117
I am launching a new report which warns of the dangers of a hard Brexit to farmers and our food – just days after reports that crashing out of the EU without a deal will see the return of customs controls and investors redirecting their money from the UK to the EU. The report follows an inquiry by the Agroecology All-Party Group, which I chair, during which we heard from witnesses that a hard Brexit would result in a rise in food prices and farms going out of business due to tariffs and labour shortages. The report sets out clear recommendations for protecting higher-welfare British farmers from lower welfare imports (especially from the US) – but I am less than confident that the Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, can be trusted not to trade-away animal welfare and food safety standards, as part of future trade deals.
I have co-signed, with This is Rubbish, a letter to the Environment Minister, urging her to support ambitious EU food waste targets, from farm to fork. There are signs the Minister is not keen on having EU targets, but given that we are leaving the EU and would not then be bound by the targets, it would be wrong for the U.K. to sabotage EU proposals. You can see our letter below and also follow my food waste Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/WhatAWasteSupportTheFoodWasteBill
At the weekend I was pleased to have the opportunity to speak at Unite South West’s regional conference, praising Unite’s work as a campaigning union (for example, in highlighting the exploitation of workers by Sports Direct) and discussing how this fits with Labour’s agenda of challenging zero hours contracts, protecting the role of trade unions, and ensuring workers’ rights. I also spoke about Brexit. 37% of Unite members work in the five sectors that have been identified by the Government as potentially most affected by Brexit: the automotive sector; aerospace; pharmaceuticals and chemicals; financial services; and food and farming. I have added my name to a letter to David Davis, calling for the publication of Brexit economic impact studies. As the letter says, we need a full and frank debate about the impact of Brexit on our jobs, economy, trade and living standards, and we cannot do that debate justice unless we have full transparency from the Government. What is it they are tr

Latest tweets

Had a sneak preview behind the scenes at this weekend’s @VegfestUK - loads of new stalls, new products - if you’re in London check it out!
Now it's the Parental Bereavement Bill - only an hour to go till House adjourns, hope it doesn't get talked out.
In Parliament today to support #ProtectTheProtectors Bill. Passed 2nd reading without a vote. Well done @RhonddaBryant and @HollyLynch5 .
Was one of 299 MPs voting today to halt universal credit. Hope Government listens - it’s under no obligation to do so, but surely it must?

The week ahead

Week beginning 16th October

Kerry is starting the week in Bristol, meeting the Meningitis Research Foundation for a briefing, and having various other meetings in her constituency office.

In Parliament this week, we were expecting committee stage of the EU Withdrawal Bill to start, but the Government is still involved in behind the scenes discussions with potential revels, so it has been delayed. There is, therefore, little in the way of legislation in the main Chamber, apart from the Second Reading of the Nuclear Safeguards Bill on Monday. We have a backbench business debate on Tuesday, on whether the plight of the Rohingyas in Myanmar amounts to ethnic cleansing, and two more on Thursday, on the Tobacco Control Plan, and on Valproate and Fetal Anticonvulsant Syndrome. 

On Wednesday it’s an Opposition Day debate with the topic chosen by Labour, and we have decided to go for a full-day debate on the roll-out of Universal Credit. Oral questions this week include Home Office, Foreign Office, International Development, Transport and PMQs. On Friday there are Private Members’ Bills, including Chris Bryant’s Bill calling for a separate offence to be created for Assaults on Emergency Workers, which we think the Government may now support.

The Environmental Audit Committee will be continuing its inquiry into disposable packaging, and holding an away day at the Institute of Government. Kerry will also be chairing an APPG meeting on the impact of the livestock sector on the environment; meeting with Pew to discuss the South Sandwich Islands marine sanctuary; meeting with the British Poultry Council to discuss food safety issues; and hosting a food waste event with Neighbourly.

Surgeries - Kerry will continue holding her regular surgeries where she meets with constituents to provide her assistance on various issues. To book an appointment for yourself, email Kerry at Kerry.mccarthy.mp@parliament.uk or call the office 10-1 Monday to Friday on (0117) 939 9901 and please be ready to explain your issue.

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