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- 21 June 2018
On Monday, the Department of Work and Pensions announced that people who get the highest rates of Personal Independence Payments (PIP), such as people with long-term or lifelong conditions, won't have to attend annual reviews. This is welcome news for those on the highest level of PIP, as they will now avoid needless and stressful reassessments. On behalf of those claimants who do not qualify for the highest rates, I will continue to lobby the DWP to make the disability benefit system fit for purpose, so that everyone is treated fairly and with respect.
- 17 June 2018
In response to a public petition there was a debate in Parliament last week on banning fur imports. My contribution to the debate has now been covered in the Bristol Post. Fur farms are already banned in Britain, on the grounds of public morality, and yet we are outsourcing the cruelty to overseas, and allowing fur imports from other countries with lower animal welfare standards. If it’s wrong to have fur farms in this country, it’s got to be wrong to buy fur from farms overseas. Wearing fur is cruel and unnecessary and that’s why I’m calling for a ban.
- 13 June 2018
Last week I dropped into the Campaign for Real Ale’s Parliamentary Reception. I’m pictured here holding a can of Drink Moor Beer, which, I’m told is the first real ale to be available in a can – and is brewed in Bristol. I’m happy to support CAMRA’s work, as pubs are such an important part of our local communities. I helped support an application for a new micro-pub in Bristol East, which is now open in Fishponds. I have also been closely involved in trying to support our grassroots live music venues, which includes a number of community pubs across Bristol.
- 05 June 2018
Kerry McCarthy 5 June at 10:34 · Please see a link to my May newsletter which includes my question to the PM on child obesity; an update on Brexit; my question to the Education Minister over poor student mental health provision; the bid to make Bristol Channel 4’s new home; the campaign to reduce Parliament’s plastic usage; my health service survey; and the things that I have been up to in Bristol.
- 05 June 2018
I was glad to be able to speak in Monday’s debate on ending the UK fur trade. It is an abhorrent and unnecessary industry which causes a huge amount of suffering for the animals involved. I’ve seen videos of supposedly ‘ethical’ fur farms in Finland where foxes have been purposefully bred and overfed to have huge folds of excess skin – causing deformed legs, breathing problems and even DNA damage. Fur farms were banned in the UK in 2000 on the grounds of public morality, so why do we continue to support the industry abroad by allowing imports of fur products into the UK? The sooner fur is banned the better.
- 25 May 2018
Today, Ireland is holding an historic referendum on the eighth amendment of its constitution, which effectively bans abortion. A Yes vote in this referendum would #Repealthe8th, allowing the Government to legislate on terminations. Ireland currently has some of the most restrictive abortion law in Europe, and as someone who supports a woman’s right to choose, I am supporting the campaign for a Yes vote. It’s thought that if the Yes campaign is successful, the Government will legislate to allow abortions in cases of medical emergency, fatal foetal abnormality, when there is a risk to the life of the mother, and also up to the 12th week of pregnancy. I appreciate that this is a sensitive and divisive issue, but I believe it’s only right that any woman whose physical and/or mental health could be placed at risk by pregnancy has the option to have an abortion. This is a human right and it is vital that Ireland’s law is brought up to date. You can stay up to date with developments and
- 23 May 2018
Today, I asked the Prime Minister about the failure of Government’s childhood obesity strategy, with the publication yesterday of a report by Public Health England (PHE) showing the food industry has failed over the past year to hit its target to cut sugar in food by 5% – achieving just a 2% reduction. Shockingly, Britain now has a higher proportion of children classed as obese at the age of 11 than America; one in three British children is overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school. It’s as serious a public health problem as smoking, with obesity associated with higher rates of heart disease, diabetes and cancer, and is particularly affecting children from low-income backgrounds. The PHE report also found that 68% of the top 20 food companies have either made no progress, or increased sugar in their products. In comparison, sugar in soft drinks has reduced by 11% - a direct consequence of the tax on sugary drinks. The message is clear: only when there are real con
- 23 May 2018
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- 21 May 2018
Today marks the beginning of Hestia Charity's UK SAYS NO MORE week, a national campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse and sexual violence across the UK. The theme of this year’s campaign is #WhatCanIDo – because each and every one of us has a part to play in preventing such behaviour, and in promoting respect, equality, and tolerance in our communities. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will be affected by domestic violence in their lifetime, and research done by Rape Crisis in 2016 also indicates that there are 11 rapes an hour in the UK. Hestia is working to ensure that we bring together members of the public and organisations across the country to actively take a stand against domestic abuse and sexual violence. You can download the brilliant toolkit they have put together here:…/UK-SAYS-NO-MORE-Week-Toolkit.comp… and you can find out more about the campaign here: If you, or somebody you know, are a victi
- 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
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