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- 14 December 2017
Last night, Parliament took back control of the Brexit process. Thanks to a few Conservative MPs putting the national interest ahead of that of their party, we were able to inflict a defeat on Theresa May and her Government. Dominic Grieve’s Amendment 7 is now part of the EU Withdrawal Bill, and this means that MPs will now have a meaningful vote on any Brexit deal. It also means that ministers will not be able to change the law themselves until a new Act of Parliament approving a Brexit deal has the approval of MPs and Lords. I hope this means that the Government will now start listening to the MPs and the public, rather than hardline Brextremists MPs like Jacob Rees-Mogg and John Redwood. The process of leaving the European Union is far too important to be left to factional interests in the Tory Party. The Government will now, rightfully, have to work for an outcome that satisfies a majority of MPs, and I will continue to advocate for the UK to remain as a member of the Single Mar
- 14 December 2017
Yesterday at Prime Ministers Questions, Jeremy Corbyn held Theresa May to account over her Government’s failure to address the housing crisis. Since 2010 homelessness has risen by more than 50 per cent and rough sleeping has doubled. Last year 120,000 children spent Christmas day in temporary accommodation; this year, 128,000 children will spend Christmas without a home to call their own. It is disappointing that, in the latest official count of rough sleepers in Bristol, the number stood at 86, a 12% increase from the previous year. It is good to see that, despite the impact of austerity, the Mayor is determined to tackle the problem and has rightly made tackling homelessness a top priority, an issue which is given greater urgency by the below-freezing temperatures we’re experiencing. The Council cannot do this by itself though – we need greater support from Government and that is why the Labour leader was right to raise this at PMQs. http://news.bristol.gov.uk/annual_rough_slee
- 13 December 2017
Last week in Parliament I raised the issue of Brexit causing a rise in food prices. Data from the Office of National Statistics shows that food prices are up 4.2% on 12 months ago, and the Food Foundation has calculated that Brexit will cause an increase of £158 per year in what the average family spends on fruit and veg. Though the Minister dismissed these concerns, potential delays at border controls, a shortage of seasonal workers and a lack of R&D investment makes the fruit and veg sector vulnerable to further price increases. I will continue to push the Government to give the food sector certainty, and to ensure that the UK has continued access to affordable and fresh fruit and veg after we have left the EU.
- 13 December 2017
Delighted to see that the Democrat candidate snatched a shock result in the Special Election for Alabama Senator. Doug Jones, who as a prosecutor helped bring to justice KKK terrorists who planted a bomb in a church which killed 4 young black girls, was running against a Republican candidate with virulent anti-gay views, who had been accused of sexual harassment with girls as young as 14. Despite this, he had still been endorsed by President Trump. The state hasn’t elected a Democrat to the Senate for a quarter of a century, but I’m so pleased to see the people of Alabama made the right choice yesterday.
- 13 December 2017
On the 29th December the Government’s consultation on stopping the ivory trade will close. Currently an elephant is killed for its ivory every 25 minutes. A total ban on the trade in ivory is the only way to stop this from happening - and to ultimately prevent elephants from being driven to extinction. Polls show that 85% of the public support the ban - so please follow the link below to email the Government’s consultation and show your support! #IvoryBan #StopIvoryTrade #JoinTheHerd #endwildlifecrime
- 12 December 2017
Last night MPs voted on the Second Reading of the Finance Bill, which follows the Chancellor’s Budget last month. Labour voted against giving the Bill a Second Reading, and our reasoned amendment sets out why: - The Bill does nothing to address the fact that the UK has the slowest economic growth in the G7 while the IFS warns of two decades of lost earnings growth - It fails to reverse the Government’s 2015 Bank Levy cut resulting in £4.7bn less in tax revenue from banks over five years - It proposes a stamp duty cut that, according to the analysis of the OBR, will increase house prices, instead of helping to address the housing crisis through measures to build more affordable homes - There is no provision for lifting the public sector pay cap or addressing the funding crisis in social care and the NHS - It includes no measures properly to tackle tax avoidance and evasion Despite the Chancellor admitting the deficit now will not be eliminated by 2031, far off George Osborne’s
- 12 December 2017
Along with dozens of other MPs, I've written to the Foreign Secretary expressing my concern after President Trump made the decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The final status of Jerusalem must be determined by negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis as equal partners. The US President's unilateral actions have put peace, future agreements on Jerusalem, and even the two-state solution at risk. We need the British Government to be leading in the pursuit of a peace that is both just and sustainable for Israel and Palestine. As part of that, the UK should now recognise the State of Palestine as the House of Commons did in October 2014.
- 11 December 2017
I was delighted to be asked to say a few words at the launch of Lucy’s Law last week. Lucy was a Cavalier Spaniel who was rescued from a puppy farm where, as a breeding dog. she was horribly mistreated. I’m supporting the Mirror’s campaign for Lucy’s Law which will make it illegal to sell puppies unless the mother is present, stopping sales by third party dealers who too often have no concern for the welfare of the dogs they raise and breed.
- 11 December 2017
I am pleased to support the cross-party pledge to divest parliamentary pension funds from fossil fuels. Two years on from the Paris agreement, and with the devastating impacts of climate change already apparent, there is no room for continued investment in companies whose business is incompatible with our climate obligations.
- 10 December 2017
A Greenpeace investigation has revealed that a ban on imports of millions of tonnes of plastic waste by the Chinese government from January could see an end to collection of some plastic in the UK and increase the risk of environmental pollution. There are no robust plans in place to cope with the impact of this decision by China, which is the biggest market for waste in the world, and the restrictions are likely to lead to stockpiling of plastic waste in the UK, more incineration and the risk of more landfill. I tried to raise this looming crisis with the Environment Secretary this week at Defra Questions, but was not called, so I raised it with Andrea Leadsom at Business of the House Questions which followed it. She talked about the tax on plastic bags and ban on microbeads, as example of the Government’s efforts to reduce plastic waste, which clearly isn’t going to make the 2.7 million tonnes of waste plastic we have been sending each year to China and Hong Kong disappear overnight
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