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- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 10 April 2018
This week is Male Cancer Awareness Week. This is really important, as one in three men in the UK say they know nothing about prostate cancer, despite it being the most common cancer amongst men. Over 47,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year – that's 129 men every day. This infographic from the male cancer charity, Orchid, focuses on three key risk factors and the predominant symptoms associated with prostate cancer. I would encourage you to share it to help raise awareness and encourage men to get to know the risks.
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