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- 26 May 2018
Volunteers’ Week is fast approaching! Held from the 1-7th of June, Volunteers’ Week is an annual chance to celebrate the contribution volunteers make to their communities. From running charity shops, providing support to people who need it, or working in a community organisation, the work volunteers do is crucial and deserves recognition. Most volunteering opportunities can work alongside work or family commitments, and I would encourage anyone who may not have thought about it to consider volunteering in the future. Have a look at events local to you below #VolunteersWeek
- 25 May 2018
Today, Ireland is holding an historic referendum on the eighth amendment of its constitution, which effectively bans abortion. A Yes vote in this referendum would #Repealthe8th, allowing the Government to legislate on terminations. Ireland currently has some of the most restrictive abortion law in Europe, and as someone who supports a woman’s right to choose, I am supporting the campaign for a Yes vote. It’s thought that if the Yes campaign is successful, the Government will legislate to allow abortions in cases of medical emergency, fatal foetal abnormality, when there is a risk to the life of the mother, and also up to the 12th week of pregnancy. I appreciate that this is a sensitive and divisive issue, but I believe it’s only right that any woman whose physical and/or mental health could be placed at risk by pregnancy has the option to have an abortion. This is a human right and it is vital that Ireland’s law is brought up to date. You can stay up to date with developments and
- 23 May 2018
Today, I asked the Prime Minister about the failure of Government’s childhood obesity strategy, with the publication yesterday of a report by Public Health England (PHE) showing the food industry has failed over the past year to hit its target to cut sugar in food by 5% – achieving just a 2% reduction. Shockingly, Britain now has a higher proportion of children classed as obese at the age of 11 than America; one in three British children is overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school. It’s as serious a public health problem as smoking, with obesity associated with higher rates of heart disease, diabetes and cancer, and is particularly affecting children from low-income backgrounds. The PHE report also found that 68% of the top 20 food companies have either made no progress, or increased sugar in their products. In comparison, sugar in soft drinks has reduced by 11% - a direct consequence of the tax on sugary drinks. The message is clear: only when there are real con
- 23 May 2018
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- 22 May 2018
I am pleased that my campaign to reduce the usage of single-use plastics has been covered in the Bristol Post. We are destroying our precious planet, and the Government needs to step up its efforts on this. My 4 recommendations on what the Government should do are: 1. Put pressure on the big coffee shop chains to switch to a recyclable cup. The plastic lining used in most disposable hot drink cups cannot be separated from the paper, making them difficult to recycle. In the UK, 99.75 per cent of all coffee cups go to landfill or are incinerated.
- 21 May 2018
Today marks the beginning of Hestia Charity's UK SAYS NO MORE week, a national campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse and sexual violence across the UK. The theme of this year’s campaign is #WhatCanIDo – because each and every one of us has a part to play in preventing such behaviour, and in promoting respect, equality, and tolerance in our communities. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will be affected by domestic violence in their lifetime, and research done by Rape Crisis in 2016 also indicates that there are 11 rapes an hour in the UK. Hestia is working to ensure that we bring together members of the public and organisations across the country to actively take a stand against domestic abuse and sexual violence. You can download the brilliant toolkit they have put together here:…/UK-SAYS-NO-MORE-Week-Toolkit.comp… and you can find out more about the campaign here: If you, or somebody you know, are a victi
- 21 May 2018
Bristol Airport Consultation has now opened, and encourages members of the public to submit their views.
- 18 May 2018
I recently submitted a Parliamentary Question asking about the Network Rail’s mass-felling of trees along railway tracks during nesting season, after the issue was highlighted to me by constituents. I’m glad that Network Rail has agreed to suspend all non-safety critical tree felling during the nesting season, as well as initiating a wider review into their management of vegetation – aiming to apply a best ‘gold standard’ of practice across the country that balances the preservation of the natural environment with the continued safe and reliable running of the trains. Below is the Rail Minister Jo Johnson’s letter to MPs. This shows the power that constituents can have on rapidly changing Government policy, just through contacting their MP about the issues that matter to them. If you have an issue you’d like to raise feel free to email me at
- 17 May 2018
Film the House is an annual competition run by MPs to find the best UK filmmakers of the future, showcasing the work of the next generation of writers and directors from across the country. The competition is also about raising awareness of the importance for people in the creative industries of protecting their intellectual property rights. I know Bristol is full of talented independent filmmakers, scriptwriters and students, and I encourage anyone who is interested to enter. To view last year’s winners and learn more about the entry process, visit
- 17 May 2018
A Sainsbury’s staff member has launched a petition to oppose contract changes that will see approximately 10,000 of the longest serving staff lose up to £3,000 a year. Whilst chief executive of Sainsbury’s Mike Coupe is ‘in the money’ as a result of the proposed merger with Asda, shop floor staff stand to lose their paid breaks, bonus scheme, and Sunday premium pay. Please sign and share the petition to oppose these incredibly unjust contract changes, which will affect not only Sainsbury’s employees in my constituency but across the country.
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