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- 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 kerry.mccarthy.mp@parliament.uk
- 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 www.filmthehouse.co.uk
- 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.
- 17 May 2018
Please complete this short survey here: https://goo.gl/forms/ONHJwrDsnIQVbVx83
- 15 May 2018
This Mental Health Awareness Week, the Mental Health Foundation is focussing its campaign on stress. Stress is not a mental health problem in itself but it is a key cause of mental health problems like depression and anxiety and is often linked to self-harm and suicide. Research has revealed that in the past year, 74% of people have felt so stressed they have been overwhelmed or unable to cope. If you feel that stress is having a negative impact on your mental health, it is important to seek help. You can find information on how to manage and reduce stress on the Mental Health Foundation’s website.
- 15 May 2018
I am deeply sorry to hear about the deaths of 60 Palestinians at yesterday’s border protests in Gaza, with thousands more injured. Firing live rounds at unarmed protestors can never be justified and I fully condemn these killings. The Nabka protests commemorate 70 years since the founding of the state of Israel, and the subsequent displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes. I support the existence of Israel, and a two-state solution, but we need to acknowledge that the Nakba created an injustice which has never been resolved and, indeed, has been compounded over the years by illegal Israeli settlements and the Palestinians being forced into ever smaller areas of land. Hamas’ incitement to violence against Israeli citizens is wrong and must be condemned. However, the role of the Israeli Government in the escalation of tensions must also be recognised, along with the provocative and foolish act of the USA in moving its embassy to Jerusalem. Netenyahu’s Gove
- 14 May 2018
This is a wonderful initiative which gives prospective carers the chance to quiz the fostering team and a current foster carer, while also showcasing the real-life stories of those in care and those caring. The roadshow also coincides with The Fostering Network’s Foster Care Fortnight, established to raise awareness about the passion and dedication of foster carers, while also encouraging more people to consider fostering.
- 10 May 2018
Some Bristol mosques have received hateful letters, which are causing deep concern. Superintendent Andy Bennett, the policing commander for Bristol, has written an open letter to Muslim communities, reassuring them that the police take such incidents very seriously and will be deploying staff to mosques to provide visible reassurance to those who may understandably feel vulnerable at this time. Please share with those who are concerned, to help reassure them that hate will not be tolerated in our city and steps are being taken to ensure their safety.
- 10 May 2018
I was glad to speak recently in support of legislation which will require mandatory CCTV in all slaughterhouses. After campaigning on this issue throughout my time as an MP I’m delighted that the Government has finally committed to introducing it. There have been numerous undercover investigations in recent years which have revealed a shocking disregard in animal welfare and food hygiene standards. Only in January 4 people were convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to animals after Animal Aid secretly filmed inside 9 UK slaughterhouses – recording sheep being kicked, hurled onto conveyors and burnt with cigarettes. Unfortunately, such findings are uncovered with depressing frequency – and so the need for CCTV is obvious in order to both stop this behaviour from occurring, and to easily prosecute when they do.
- 01 May 2018
Last Friday I took part in an event at the Exchange, bringing together music venues from across the city. The event was organised and chaired by Thangam Debbonaire MP for Bristol West, and I was joined on the panel by Annie McGann from Savebristolnightlife, Mark Davyd from the Music Venue Trust, Paul Gray and Dave Webster from the Musicians Union, and Tom Kiehl from UK Music. We had a wide ranging discussion about issues affecting music venues in Bristol, including licensing problems, business rates rises, changing patterns of alcohol consumption and minimum pricing, and a lack of engagement with housing developers. We heard about progress being made in parliament, with John Spellar bring forward his “Agent of Change” private members’ bill and talks with Ministers about including this principle in the National Planning Policy Framework. We were also told about Bristol City Council’s work on the night-time economy and how we can ensure grassroots music venues have a voice. Live mu
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