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- 15 December 2014
I have, over the past few days, been made aware of concerns about the recommendations going to Cabinet for approval on Tuesday 16th, and also have my own concerns. Given the number of applications submitted, which has inevitably meant that some good projects have been rejected, I do not think it appropriate to single out any individual application, but I wish to raise here some general points.
- 03 December 2014
The Chancellor’s Autumn statement this week confirmed what people in Bristol already know; living standards are falling and this is not only hurting households up and down the country, but also damaging the economy.
- 28 November 2014
The convictions of men from the Easton area of Bristol on charges of sexual abuse, rape and prostitution of teenage girls, and the long prison sentences handed out, send out a clear message, but there are also lessons to be learnt about what more we can do to protect vulnerable young women and girls.
- 21 November 2014
On the 7th November I attended a community meeting to discuss prostitution in Eastville. I had been contacted by a large number of constituents who believe that prostitution is still quite a significant problem in the area, despite efforts by both the Council and Avon and Somerset Police.
- 21 November 2014
This afternoon I will be joining my Labour colleagues in Parliament to vote for the National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill - A Private Member’s Bill introduced by my colleague Clive Efford, which will put patients back at the heart of the NHS.
- 19 November 2014
Yesterday I attended the launch of a new report by the League Against Cruel Sports and GREY2K USA Worldwide in Parliament. It is shocking that so many greyhounds die every year through injury or being deemed surplus to requirements by the industry, and many more live in inhumane conditions throughout their racing life. Major change is needed to protect these dogs from harm, which is why I am delighted to support the League Against Cruel Sport’s important campaign.
- 15 October 2014
I’ve been contacted by a number of constituents who are concerned by the proposed McDonalds ‘drive-thru’ on Fishponds Road. I have today formally objected to the proposals, you can find my full objection below. However in short, the restaurant is too close to residential areas and three schools, the transport survey the planners have undertaken is flawed - it’s likely that the development will only increase already bad traffic and congestion and finally it will clearly lead to additional noise pollution, litter and unpleasant smells.
- 13 October 2014
Parliament returns on October 13th after the conference season recess. On Monday MPs will be voting on a motion to recognise Palestinian statehood, which I will be supporting. There will also be debates this week on devolution, the minimum wage, the NHS, cycling and the national pollinator strategy, as well as questions to the Home Office, the Deputy Prime Minister, DCMS and the Prime Minister, where I am second on the Order Paper.
- 19 September 2014
I am delighted that Scotland has voted to remain in the United Kingdom to stay with us as we fight for the NHS and against poverty and inequality - we are much stronger united than divided.
- 02 September 2014
A joint statement about the recent crisis in Gaza has today been issued by all four Bristol MPs: myself, Dawn Primarolo, Stephen Williams and Charlotte Leslie. In it, we express our opposition to the Israeli incursion and recognise the importance of now providing humanitarian relief to those Palestinians affected by the conflict.
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