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- 05 October 2017
I am showing my support for Noel Conway in his fight to challenge the law on assisted dying. Noel has terminal motor neurone disease. He wants the choice to end his life, within a safeguarded law for terminally ill, mentally competent adults with six months or less to live. He says: ‘Having the option of an assisted death would bring me great comfort in my final months. I believe it is my fundamental human right – one I am willing to fight in the courts to secure.’ I encourage you to join m
- 04 October 2017
This e-newsletter covers my work as your MP, both in east Bristol and in Westminster.
- 04 October 2017
Coughs and hecklers and falling signs aside, there were some important policy announcements from Theresa May in her speech to the Tory Party Conference today. There is a housing crisis in Britain, and in Bristol this problem is especially acute. We have sky-high rents and rising house-prices, and despite huge demand for houses we still have the lowest levels of house-building since the 1920s. Developers realise that by holding on to land, building slowly and with the minimum number of affordable homes, they can maximise their profits. We need radical government action to stimulate house-building, and Theresa May’s “big announcement” on housing at the Tory Conference falls short of this. The Government would build an additional 25,000 Council Homes, which works at only 15 new homes per local authority per year. I welcome the announcement that the Government will introduce a cap on energy bills. Energy prices have risen higher than inflation and wages, meaning that many people are for
- 03 October 2017
Yesterday I had a great visit to Chester Park Juniors School, accompanied by Hillfields Councillor Anna Keen, and Harriet from the British Lung Foundation. We talked to Year 3 pupils about the dangers of air pollution, and discussed with them how they can help change behaviour and campaign to reduce the amount of emissions we produce. Air pollution poses a great danger to many, especially young people living in built-up areas in cities, and drastic action is needed to tackle the issue. Some great points from the children as well!
- 28 September 2017
I’ve just got back from Labour Party Conference in Brighton, where I spoke at a couple of events, on ‘Sustainable Solutions for British Agriculture after Brexit’, which proved to be a fascinating discussion, and on divestment of pension funds from fossil fuels at a Labour Energy Forum event. The mood of the Party and of Conference was that of unity and optimism. After the unexpected gains for Labour in June, gaining 30 seats and winning almost 13 million votes, there is now a clear belief that Labour can go on to win the next General Election. The task now is to present to the public a clear plan for what a Labour Government would look like, and, as Jeremy Corbyn said, to win broader support across the country for this vision. It was on housing - a particular issue of concern in Bristol - that Jeremy divulged the most significant developments in Labour policy: including action to stop the social-cleansing seen in many areas, to solve the housing crisis through a mass-housebuilding pr
- 22 September 2017
Just had a fun visit to Wicklea Academy to speak to the Year 3-6 pupils. Lots of tough questions and some which were easier to answer, such as "Is Donald Trump nice?"!
- 21 September 2017
I've just heard that the Lamplighters were successful in their bid for this funding, so look out St George for a Lantern Parade which should happen in February! ??
- 21 September 2017
Last night I was at Colston Hall for its 150th anniversary celebrations, where I said a few words from the main stage about its work on music education, and increasing participation in music. Over the years Colston Hall has seen performances from a huge range of artists, including the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Rachmaninov, the Rolling Stones, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and my favourite band, Joy Division. Sadly I wasn’t there in 1979 to see them!
- 20 September 2017
I'm delighted to be featured in the BBC Wildlife Magazine, as the new Species Champion for the Swift! Swift numbers have been steadily declining in Bristol so ensuring their conservation is something I care deeply about.
- 20 September 2017
Last night I had a productive visit to the Creative Youth Network’s Meadowvale project, which is a weekly session for young people between the ages of 9 and 12. It was great to see the work they do, bringing together children from the local community, offering support as well as play activities, and to speak to the children who use the service. The Meadowvale centre is a valuable community resource and I am supporting efforts to improve the facilities in the building and in the park.
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