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- 14 August 2014
The Home Secretary has set up two inquiries into historic allegations of child abuse. One will look into how the Home Office, police and prosecutors handled information given to them about alleged child abuse, and another wider, independent inquiry will look into whether public bodies and institutions fulfilled their duty of care to protect children.
- 14 August 2014
Bristol City Council has approved plans for external changes to a city centre office block paving the way for a large number of flat conversions next to The Fleece, the well-known Bristol music venue. I have been campaigning to stop this move, for fear that noise complaints from new residents could threaten the venue’s future.
- 14 August 2014
Several constituents have written to me about Pup Aid, a charity which raises awareness of the horrific practice of puppy farming. Due to separation from their mothers at an early age and poor living conditions, puppies and kittens which have been farmed often end up with health problems or issues related to socialising. However, most people who buy these animals are entirely unaware of how they have been raised.
- 13 August 2014
I know that passengers using the line between Bristol Temple Meads and London Paddington have been desperate to see efforts to tackle overcrowding, particularly at peak times. I regularly see Standard Class Passengers who have paid for a seat forced to stand or sit on the floor by the toilets, while first class carriages remain empty. This is quite wrong; people who pay for a seat – and the fares are not cheap! - should not be expected to stand.
- 12 August 2014
I agree with those who say it is vital that the public has the right to hold their MPs to account between elections. The expenses scandal led to recall pledges being included in all three main parties’ manifestos but the Coalition's draft bill was hopelessly inadequate and amounted to little more than further self-regulation by MPs.
- 11 August 2014
I’m encouraged to hear that First Bus has launched its smart card programme. This is something I’ve been pushing for since the Oyster card was introduced in London, and I think it will make a real difference to passenger numbers and journey times.
- 11 August 2014
Kerry has welcomed the UK Government’s efforts to provide humanitarian assistance but supports calls for the UK to take an international lead in the face of such atrocities and the deliberate targeting of religious groups. Labour’s shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander has also supported President Obama’s limited use of air strikes.
- 10 August 2014
As the latest ceasefire between Israel and Palestine entered its first day MPs from Bristol, met with City Councillors and invited community leaders to discuss their concerns in an event organised by Easton Councillor Afzal Shah.
- 08 August 2014
There are no residents parking zones yet in Bristol East, but I am concerned by the Mayor’s decision to ban disabled blue badge holders from parking in permit only bays elsewhere in the city.
- 08 August 2014
I know that many local people share my concern that under the current Government it is getting harder to get see a GP, that more people are waiting longer in A&E and that the Government is failing to hit waiting targets for vital treatments such as cancer care.
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