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- 26 April 2018
This week I’m back in Strasbourg in my role as a member of the Council of Europe. Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott presented a report about ensuring that the main agreements of the Paris agreement on climate change – keeping global warming below two degrees – are met. I spoke in the debate, and talked about how we should be keeping as many fossil fuels as possible “in the ground”, as well as reducing meat consumption if we are to have any chance of combating climate change. Watch a clip of my speech:
- 25 April 2018
Have you ever wondered who made your clothes? How much they’re paid, and what their lives are like? Millions of people make our clothes, but too many of them live in poverty, exploitation or danger. Five years ago the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed killing over 1,100 garment workers. While progress has been made, there is still so much the fashion industry must do to improve pay and conditions for the world’s 75 million garment workers, 80% of whom are women.We can all help drive positive change, by demanding a fair, safe and more transparent industry. I encourage you to watch and share the video below to mark Fashion Revolution Week and ask brands #whomademyclothes.
- 24 April 2018
Huge credit to Bristol's Boston Tea Party Cafés, that will be the first coffee chain in the UK to enforce a complete ban all single use coffee cups later this year. Its owner Sam Roberts, said: "We dream of a future where our children marvel at the fact that pre-2018 we would regularly use a cup once and throw it away". ??
- 24 April 2018
Childhood obesity is a major problem, with one in three children overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school. Doctors are now urging ministers to ban fast food outlets from opening within 400 metres of schools. This is already Bristol City Council policy and would be a step in the right direction in reducing the amount of fast food consumed by children on their way to or from school, and during their lunch breaks. But it does not go far enough. Other councils have introduced an 800 metre ban - which would have stopped the proposed McDonalds on Fishponds Road - and I believe we should be looking to do the same.
- 23 April 2018
Bristol City Council is currently running a consultation on Sex Establishments (which includes sex shops, sexual entertainment venues, hostess bars, and the like) - I would very much encourage you to take part. Back in 2012, the Council adopted legislation which gave it the ability to control and regulate Sex Establishments, and the policy that was developed as a result is now being reviewed. Make your views known here by 31 May 2018:https://bristol.citizenspace.com/…/sex-establishment-polic…/.
- 20 April 2018
Did you, or a family member, come to the UK from a Commonwealth country between 1948 and 1971? Have you been asked to prove your right to stay in the UK or had difficulties with pensions or healthcare? My fellow Bristol MP Thangam Debbonaire is hosting a public meeting to share information and advice about how to deal with any problems. It will take place on Saturday 28 April, 2.30-4pm at King's Centre, 16-18 King Square, BS2 8AZ. If you can't make it, but would still like to discuss your situation or need help, please get in touch with my office on 0117 939 9901.
- 19 April 2018
Along with two dozen other MPs from across the Commons, I have written to Liverpool FC asking them to drop a partnership deal they have with Tibetan Water Resources Ltd, a Hong Kong registered company which sources its water from a Tibetan glacier. The people of Tibet have no control over how their natural resources are used, and receive no compensation from the Chinese. By sponsoring Tibet Water, Liverpool FC is lending both the company and Chinese occupation of Tibet legitimacy. The club is by no means short of cash – it received over £148m from TV and prize money last year, as well as having returned to the Champions League this season. I hope the club will heed our calls and end this deal as soon as possible.
- 18 April 2018
Yet more evidence highlighting that the resource problems the police are facing. Government cuts to policing budgets have meant that there simply aren’t enough police officers to cover all the rest days they are owed. I have been petitioning the Government to increase the resources given to Avon and Somerset Police, please sign in support here -
- 17 April 2018
Later this month, I hope the Government will finally announce plans for the largest marine reserve in the Atlantic, around the incredible South Sandwich Islands near the Antarctic, home to a huge array of whales, fish, birds, seals and over 10% of the world’s penguins. I’ve been campaigning for this for some time – recently asking the Government to take action on this in a debate on marine degradation, and have signed the Blue Belt Charter. Marine reserves help our threatened oceans to recover and rebuild. And the UK is responsible through its overseas territories for the fifth largest marine estate in the world, which includes the largest coral atoll on earth, globally significant populations of albatross, whales and turtles, and a quarter of the penguins on the planet! Read more about the Blue Belt Charter below
- 16 April 2018
It’s shameful that the Government hasn’t given assurances to the immigrants from the Windrush generation, who have lived, worked, and paid taxes in Britain for decades, that they can remain in Britain without producing documents proving they have been here since before 1973. Many people simply do not have such documents, such as Albert Thompson, who has lived in London for over 40 years, but is being denied cancer care on the NHS and faces a £54,000 charge for treatment he has received so far. The Government has now admitted that some people have even been wrongly deported. I am ashamed that we are treating people who have contributed so much to this country so poorly, and I have co-signed a letter calling for the Prime Minister to guarantee the status of Commonwealth nationals in this country. It is now up to the Government to act to give this generation of migrants the assurance they need and deserve. There’s a petition calling for an amnesty to all minors who arrived in Britain b
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