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15 November 2017
Please click the link for an update on my work, on issues of the upcoming Autumn Budget, Police Cuts, Universal Credit, an update on my Meningitis Campaign, Brexit, Votes at 16 and Modern Slavery.
This is very good news. Bees are a crucial part of our eco system but their numbers have been in serious decline. I am glad Michael Gove, unlike his predecessors, has come out in favour of a total ban. This is also why I am pushing for the precautionary principle, which has been involved in this case, to be protected when we leave the EU, and have tabled amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill, currently going through Parliament, to achieve this.
Kerry's column in the Times
Last week, I spoke in a Westminster Hall debate on the future of Community Policing and the funding crisis facing the police service. Sue Mountstevens, our police and crime commissioner, and Andy Marsh, our chief constable, have said the cuts they are being forced to make, of a further £17 million, are “simply unsustainable” and will have “extremely serious consequences” if they go ahead. Avon and Somerset Police has already had to reduce its budget by £65 million and lost over 600 officers since 2010, and residents of Bristol East are increasingly feeling like lower level crimes like burglaries and anti-social behaviour are not being given the resources and investigation they warrant. The Police’s ability to prevent harm, keep the public safe, protect the vulnerable, and respond to escalating threat levels depends on having enough resources to do so. Having done all they can to try to manage within tight budgets, they cannot go on like this. I’ve been collecting a petition to be pre
Today is Equal Pay Day – the day from which women basically work for free, because they earn less than men for the same work. The gender pay gap means that women effectively aren’t paid for work between now and the end of the year. Despite the introduction of the Equal Pay Act in 1970, women still earn less than men in Britain today – 9.1% on average for those in full-time work. It is a sign of the slow progress that Equal Pay Day is the same as last year - at this rate it’ll take decades for women to get paid the same as men. The Government has already introduced a legal requirement for all employers with more than 250 employees to publish their data on gender pay and bonuses by April 2018. But more must be done to encourage employers of all sizes to account for the discrepancies between male and female staff pay. We should not have to argue that an employee’s work, and their contribution to the economy, is of no lesser value, just because they happen to be a woman.
I am aware of the concerns around the possible impact on Thekla of new housing development nearby, and have been in contact with Thangam Debbonaire MP for Bristol West, whose constituency it is in, and Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, about the risk. It appears the planned developments near to Thekla are further away than existing housing and fortunately should not require any new constraints on Thekla to limit noise pollution. We need to tackle the underlying issue which means music venues across the country have come under threat by new developments springing up around them. I am sponsoring a new law that will be introduced soon by John Spellar MP, which will require property developers to take into account pre-existing businesses, like music venues, placing the burden on the developer, not the venue, to make sure that the venues and residents can co-exist in the same area
Some of you will have seen today’s press reports about Kelvin Hopkins, MP for Luton North and his past behaviour towards me. Although this is a difficult situation I now find myself in, and I do not relish being in the public eye over this, the decision to speak out was not a difficult one to make. As soon as I saw last week’s story involving Ava Etemadzadeh, and the similarities, I knew I had to support her. I therefore went to see the Chief Whip last Friday, and a senior member of the Leader’s office on Monday. This is the first they knew of it, and they could not have been expected to know before. I am doing this to support a young woman who was brave enough to speak out, and I will be submitting what evidence I have to the investigation involving her complaint, rather than initiating my own. As I say, my mind was made up as soon as the first story broke, but my resolve has been strengthened by seeing Ava come under attack from misguided, and in some cases, malicious individuals s

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The week ahead

Week beginning 20th November

The highlight of this week in Parliament is the Chancellor’s Budget statement on Wednesday. The Leader of the Opposition,rather than the Shadow Chancellor will, as is the tradition, reply to the Budget statement, and it will then be debated for four days, with votes next Tuesday. 

This Tuesday is Day 3 of Committee Stage of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, with some important votes. On Monday it’s a Ways and Means Resolution on the taxation of Cross Border Trade. Oral questions this week include Home Office, Foreign Affairs, International Trade, Cabinet Office, Women & Equalities, and PMQs. In Westminster Hall there is a debate on Petitions both for and against retaining the TV licence fee. 

Kerry will be speaking at Food Foundation event, taking part in a session of the Environmental Audit Committee on F-Gas emissions, and attending events organised by Meningitis Now, Cardiac Risk in the Young, Feeding Britain/ Trussell Trust, the APPG on Tibet, and various groups campaigning for trade democracy. The Avon & Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable will also be in Parliament to meet with MPs.

In Bristol as well as her usual surgery, Kerry will be out meeting constituents in Fishponds. She will also be meeting the RCN and is being shadowed by someone on the Operation Black Vote scheme.

If you would like to make an appointment for a future surgery please email Kerry on Kerry.mccarthy.mp@parliament.uk or call the office on 0117 939 9901.



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