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- 05 January 2018
People are rightly concerned, and upset, that John Worboys, who was convicted of 19 charges of rape and sexual assault, and responsible for many more offences, has been released from jail. Myself and 56 other MPs have signed Stella Creasy's letter to the Justice Secretary to request that he investigates the John Worboys parole decision.
- 05 January 2018
Say ‘thank you’ by nominating your policing heroes for a Be Proud Award Give the gift of a ‘thank you’ this winter by nominating your local neighbourhood officer, response officer, special constable, police staff member, investigator, volunteer or policing team for a Be Proud Award. The nominations are coming in thick and fast for next year’s Be Proud Awards, but to make sure your policing heroes are in with a chance of picking up an award at the ceremony in May, nominate them now. PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “It’s important we take the time to recognise the work of our emergency services and in particular highlight individual members or teams within the Constabulary who go the extra mile. Many local people have already submitted nominations for their policing heroes and I am excited by the entries I’ve seen so far. “We always welcome hearing more examples of where officers, staff and volunteers are supporting you and your local community and want you to tell us if those people
- 04 January 2018
I’m pleased to see that the Government has granted the Street Doctors Project in Bristol new funding from a Community Fund created to tackle knife crime. Knife crime affects the lives of far too many people still. This New Year’s Eve, Jamel Powell was tragically killed in Stokes Croft and four young men died after stabbings in London. Street Doctors do important work teaching young people first aid so they could save the life of someone who has been stabbed, and work with high risk individuals to prevent them from carrying knives in the first place.
- 04 January 2018
I’m in the Bristol Post warning that Government planned changes as to which children may receive free school meals risk leaving kids going hungry. Currently any child living in a household in receipt of a range of benefits gets a meal, but the Government is looking at restricting it only to households with incomes lower than £7,400, meaning over a million children will lose out nationally. There is a stack of evidence demonstrating the benefits that having a healthy lunch every day has on the development of young people, and this is also a crucial tool in fighting food poverty. Entitlement to free school meals should be extended to more children not restricted further, and allowing all primary school students to claim free school meals is Labour Party policy.
- 04 January 2018
This is great news which shows the influence an organised workforce can have. Congratulations to the food workers union, BFAWU, for its long running FastFood Rights Campaign, and full solidarity with the McDonalds workers. Although unemployment is relatively low at the moment, too many companies pay poverty wages and their employees have poor job security. Organised workforces can help fight this trend. I would encourage everyone to join a trade union today - https://www.tuc.org.uk/join-union
- 03 January 2018
Sad to see that a winter crisis for the NHS has become the new norm under the Tories.
- 03 January 2018
Would you pay an extra £1 a month to support policing? Currently the Government grant for policing has been frozen, at a time of rising costs and new demands such as combatting terrorism. Avon and Somerset Police are considering a proposal to raise the policing portion of Council Tax by 6.6%, meaning a rise of around £12 a year for an average D Band property, so they can continue providing the current level of service and protection. PCC Sue Mountstevens is inviting you to send her your views on the proposal: On Wednesday, January 10, 2018 you can speak to the PCC in person at one of her public drop-in sessions across the area: 10-11.30am – Broadmead Shopping Centre, Bristol 1-2.30pm – Angel Place Shopping Centre, Bridgwater 3.15-4.30pm – Sovereign Shopping Centre, Weston-super-Mare You can also share your views by emailing pcc@avonandsomerset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 01275 816377. I’ve also been lobbying the Government to increase the funding they give to Avon and Some
- 02 January 2018
I’ve written to the Home Secretary urging her to take action to improve the way visa applications are handled. It’s not acceptable how many people are left in limbo, often for years, waiting for UK Visas and Immigration to process their applications. This is in part due to the steep cuts to the Home Office - it’s lost a quarter of its budget - under the Tories, and it causes undue distress for many.
- 02 January 2018
I’ve been at Temple Meads Station this morning talking to commuters who are facing yet another rail faire increase this year. The price of train tickets has risen by 32% since 2010, a steep rise which has vastly outstripped inflation. The state still puts billions of taxpayers money into improving our country’s rail network, but it’s the privately owned companies who make hundreds of millions of pounds in profit each year. Labour are campaigning for a cap on rail fare increases, and ultimately for the franchises to be brought back into public ownership. Please share this video if you agree.
- 26 December 2017
#trailhunting is a cover for the chasing & killing of animals! Don't believe the lies this Boxing Day. #keeptheban http://thndr.me/80CXE2 Last month I asked the Government a series of Written Questions about what plans they had to legislate on trail hunting. I'm disappointed that they revealed they had no plans to do so and they they made no assessment of the potential impacts on wildlife and their habitats.
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