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18 January 2018
Brilliant to hear that the Government is bringing the Agent of Change principle into planning law to protect small venues! This will come as a big reward to music campaigners who have been fighting for this for years, such as the Music Venue Trust and Chris Sharp from The Fleece Bristol. There are other challenges facing small music venues, and I will continue to campaign on those, but this is a very welcome move.
Last Friday I visited Colston’s School in Stapleton. I was also joined by Sangeetha, who has been shadowing my Parliamentary work through Operation Black Vote. We were given a tour of the school, and then met with the School Council to talk about what it means to be an elected representative. After lunch I then spoke to pupils about gender and power, both in politics and in society more generally. It was a pleasure to talk to so many enthusiastic young people, who were keen to know what they could do to make our society more equal.I was also asked about other issues, such as protecting the environment and, of course, Brexit. Thanks to everyone at the school for welcoming me.
Our local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are holding a consultation on proposals to improve services. The changes would affect breast reconstruction services, access to homeopathy treatments and prescription of gluten free foods. To find out more about the proposed changes and to share your views please go to the CCG websites. The consultation is open from 22nd January to 15th April 2018. www.bristolccg.nhs.uk/get-involved www.northsomersetccg.nhs.uk/get-involved www.southgloucestershireccg.nhs.uk/get-involved
As of this week, new EU rules on payment services apply which will: - prohibit additional charges for payments with credit or debit cards, both in shops or online - introduce strict security requirements for e-payments - enhance consumers' rights This is what 28 European Countries working together can deliver for consumers, but something which a single state working on its own will struggle to do. In fact, although it’s now trying to claim credit for this, the truth is, the UK Government played an obstructive role during negotiations, having been ‘got at’ by business interests. If our Government had had its way, these changes wouldn’t have happened. Many of our country’s problems can only be solved by countries coming together and working collaboratively on these issues whether it’s tackling tax havens, combating terrorism, or developing technology and new cross-border businesses, which is why Brexit is such a tragedy.
It’s great to see Forbes reporting on Plamil - the UK’s longest running vegan business, and the first in Europe to make products like soya milk and dairy free chocolate. Plamil’s philosophy of ethical business that includes not just veganism, but also making ethical banking decisions and paying all staff a living wage, was ground breaking, and sadly, is still the exception rather than the norm. Plamil was also an industry-leader in catering to those with severe food allergies. If it wasn’t for Plamil’s innovative thinking that started way back in the 1920’s (!) then there probably wouldn’t be the interest in veganism and vegan products that we have today. It’s exciting to see businesses operating like this, and hopefully many more businesses will follow Plamil’s lead.
While yesterday may have been ‘the most depressing day of the year’ according to some formulae, we must not forget that for many people the stigma of mental health issues affects their lives all year round. In order to highlight the everyday occurrence of mental health issues amongst different types of people and across various age groups, Royal Mail - in collaboration with Action for Children, Mind and Mental Health UK – has launched the following film called “Everyday People”. I hope you will watch this video and share it widely to help tackle the stigma of mental health.
I wasn’t able to make the Commons statement on Carillion yesterday, due to other commitments, but I agree entirely with my fellow Bristol Labour MP Darren Jones MP, that the Government should take this opportunity to bring the contracts back into public ownership. It is good to hear reassurances that jobs, pensions and services at Southmead hospital are safe until a new contractor is found, but we need to ensure that such a catastrophe can never happen again.

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The week ahead

Week beginning 15th of January

Kerry starts the week with a constituency surgery before heading to London for Defence Questions and the Second Reading of the Space Industry Bill. On Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th the EU (Withdrawal) Bill returns to the Commons for its Report Stage and Third Reading, before it heads to the Lords. Kerry has tabled 2 amendments and is sponsoring others. On Thursday it’s a backbench debate on the treatment of SMEs by RBS. On Tuesday Kerry hopes to speak in a Westminster Hall debate on junk food marketing to children, which is being supported by Cancer Research UK. On Friday Kerry will be in Parliament for Private Members’ Bills, including Karen Buck’s Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill and Frank Field’s Holiday Hunger Bill.

Oral questions include Defence, Treasury, International Development, Transport and PMQs. Kerry will also be taking part in sessions of the Environmental Audit Committee (on Green Finance) and the Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee (on the draft Animal Sentience and Sentencing Bill), as well as visiting Defra HQ to meet staff. Other events include: a briefing on Brexit for Animals; meeting with WWF to talk marine issues; a drop-in hosted by the APPG Vegetarians/ Vegans; the BGIPU Executive (which Kerry recently joined); a roundtable on junk food hosted by the Obesity Health Alliance; launch of the Open Doors 2018 Watch List; and meeting with the RSPB’s Phoenix Forum. Kerry is currently being shadowed by someone on the Operation Black Vote scheme, and will be joining her for the OBV 2028 launch at the Speaker’s House, as well as spending time with her in Parliament. 

From Saturday 20th Kerry will be in Strasbourg as a member of the UK delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Back in Bristol, she will be hosting an event at the Hungerford Road Club on Saturday 27th, at 11am, to discuss with local residents plans for new housing on the Brislington Park and Ride (which will be moved out to Hicks Gate), and what this means for local transport. She will be joined at this by the Cabinet leads for Planning and Transport, Councillor Nicola Beech and Councillor Mhairi Threlfall, as well as ward councillors. This meeting will be followed by campaigning in the Hungerford Road area, against police cuts. On Sunday 28th Kerry will be attending and speaking at a Feeding Bristol event in Fishponds.

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