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16 May 2018
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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.
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
This is a wonderful initiative which gives prospective carers the chance to quiz the fostering team and a current foster carer, while also showcasing the real-life stories of those in care and those caring. The roadshow also coincides with The Fostering Network’s Foster Care Fortnight, established to raise awareness about the passion and dedication of foster carers, while also encouraging more people to consider fostering.
Some Bristol mosques have received hateful letters, which are causing deep concern. Superintendent Andy Bennett, the policing commander for Bristol, has written an open letter to Muslim communities, reassuring them that the police take such incidents very seriously and will be deploying staff to mosques to provide visible reassurance to those who may understandably feel vulnerable at this time. Please share with those who are concerned, to help reassure them that hate will not be tolerated in our city and steps are being taken to ensure their safety.
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.
Last Friday I took part in an event at the Exchange, bringing together music venues from across the city. The event was organised and chaired by Thangam Debbonaire MP for Bristol West, and I was joined on the panel by Annie McGann from Savebristolnightlife, Mark Davyd from the Music Venue Trust, Paul Gray and Dave Webster from the Musicians Union, and Tom Kiehl from UK Music. We had a wide ranging discussion about issues affecting music venues in Bristol, including licensing problems, business rates rises, changing patterns of alcohol consumption and minimum pricing, and a lack of engagement with housing developers. We heard about progress being made in parliament, with John Spellar bring forward his “Agent of Change” private members’ bill and talks with Ministers about including this principle in the National Planning Policy Framework. We were also told about Bristol City Council’s work on the night-time economy and how we can ensure grassroots music venues have a voice. Live mu

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The week ahead

Week beginning 14th of May

This week in Parliament the main business includes the Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill, the remaining stages of the Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill, and an Opposition Day debate – the subject of which has yet to be announced. Oral questions include Education, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Women and Equalities and PMQs. Kerry asked about mental health services for students in Education questions, following the tragic deaths of three more young people at Bristol University. She has also been drawn for a question to the Minister for International Trade, at which she will be asking about EU free trade agreements.

On Monday, Kerry met with a delegation from Lithuania to discuss relations with the UK. On Tuesday she will be hosting a drop-in event for MPs for HIS, on the campaign to ban fur imports. She will then have an hour of sign language training from the national disability society Sense, before chairing a meeting for the APPG on Agriculture & Food for Development. Later this week, Kerry will be meeting Barnardo’s to discuss the Government’s Green Paper on Children and Young People’s Mental Health, as well as dropping in to a Marine Conservation Society event on marine pollution.

In her role as member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs select committee, Kerry will be visiting Growing Underground, an enterprise which grows fresh food using sustainable methods 33 metres below the busy streets of Clapham. The Environmental Audit Committee is continuing its Heatwaves inquiry.
On Thursday Kerry will be speaking in a debate on plastic bottles and coffee cups, during which she will be urging the government to accept the recommendations made by the Environmental Audit Committee as part of its Resource and Waste Strategy. She will then return to Bristol in the evening for the launch of Bristol Music: seven decades of sound.

On Friday Kerry will be shadowed by a member of Operation Black Vote as she holds an assembly on women and politics at Bristol Met Academy, catches up with Councillor Mhairi Threlfall (Cabinet Member for Transport and Connectivity) about developments in Bristol East, and meets with Bristol’s Members of Youth Parliament, amongst other things.

If you would like to contact Kerry or her office you can call during weekdays on 0117 939 9901 (between 10am and 1pm) or email at

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