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Welcome to my website. You can use this site to find out how to contact me, or to find out about me and Bristol East. 

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26 May 2018
Volunteers’ Week is fast approaching! Held from the 1-7th of June, Volunteers’ Week is an annual chance to celebrate the contribution volunteers make to their communities. From running charity shops, providing support to people who need it, or working in a community organisation, the work volunteers do is crucial and deserves recognition. Most volunteering opportunities can work alongside work or family commitments, and I would encourage anyone who may not have thought about it to consider volunteering in the future. Have a look at events local to you below #VolunteersWeek
Today, Ireland is holding an historic referendum on the eighth amendment of its constitution, which effectively bans abortion. A Yes vote in this referendum would #Repealthe8th, allowing the Government to legislate on terminations. Ireland currently has some of the most restrictive abortion law in Europe, and as someone who supports a woman’s right to choose, I am supporting the campaign for a Yes vote. It’s thought that if the Yes campaign is successful, the Government will legislate to allow abortions in cases of medical emergency, fatal foetal abnormality, when there is a risk to the life of the mother, and also up to the 12th week of pregnancy. I appreciate that this is a sensitive and divisive issue, but I believe it’s only right that any woman whose physical and/or mental health could be placed at risk by pregnancy has the option to have an abortion. This is a human right and it is vital that Ireland’s law is brought up to date. You can stay up to date with developments and
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Today, I asked the Prime Minister about the failure of Government’s childhood obesity strategy, with the publication yesterday of a report by Public Health England (PHE) showing the food industry has failed over the past year to hit its target to cut sugar in food by 5% – achieving just a 2% reduction. Shockingly, Britain now has a higher proportion of children classed as obese at the age of 11 than America; one in three British children is overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school. It’s as serious a public health problem as smoking, with obesity associated with higher rates of heart disease, diabetes and cancer, and is particularly affecting children from low-income backgrounds. The PHE report also found that 68% of the top 20 food companies have either made no progress, or increased sugar in their products. In comparison, sugar in soft drinks has reduced by 11% - a direct consequence of the tax on sugary drinks. The message is clear: only when there are real con
I am pleased that my campaign to reduce the usage of single-use plastics has been covered in the Bristol Post. We are destroying our precious planet, and the Government needs to step up its efforts on this. My 4 recommendations on what the Government should do are: 1. Put pressure on the big coffee shop chains to switch to a recyclable cup. The plastic lining used in most disposable hot drink cups cannot be separated from the paper, making them difficult to recycle. In the UK, 99.75 per cent of all coffee cups go to landfill or are incinerated.
Today marks the beginning of Hestia Charity's UK SAYS NO MORE week, a national campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse and sexual violence across the UK. The theme of this year’s campaign is #WhatCanIDo – because each and every one of us has a part to play in preventing such behaviour, and in promoting respect, equality, and tolerance in our communities. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will be affected by domestic violence in their lifetime, and research done by Rape Crisis in 2016 also indicates that there are 11 rapes an hour in the UK. Hestia is working to ensure that we bring together members of the public and organisations across the country to actively take a stand against domestic abuse and sexual violence. You can download the brilliant toolkit they have put together here:…/UK-SAYS-NO-MORE-Week-Toolkit.comp… and you can find out more about the campaign here: If you, or somebody you know, are a victi
Bristol Airport Consultation has now opened, and encourages members of the public to submit their views.

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@marleybennett They weren’t very good today!
@marleybennett You told me Germany were good when I got them in the sweepstake! But I was still rooting for Mexico all the way through that.
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The week ahead

Week beginning 11th of June

This week, the EU Withdrawal Bill returns to the Commons for consideration of Lords amendments. Other business includes consideration of the Counter Terrorism and Border Security Bill, and an opposition day debate on the 70th anniversary of the arrival of Windrush. Departmental questions this week include Defence (for which Kerry has been drawn), Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Department for Exiting the EU, and Prime Ministers Questions.

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, of which Kerry is a member, will be hearing from Michael Gove about the work of the Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs, and starting its investigation into breed specific legislation. Kerry will also be sitting on the Public Bill Committee for the Ivory Bill.

Her other parliamentary commitments include meeting with students from St Brendan’s Sixth Form during their visit to Westminster, attending a reception on the future of British TV (to continue the effort to persuade C4 to move to Bristol), chairing an event on agroforestry for the APPG on Agroecology, and speaking at a rally to end live animal exports.

On Friday Kerry will be back in the constituency, when she will be visiting Leigh Woods to discuss agricultural and environmental policy with staff from the National Trust. She will also be meeting with Professor Steve West, the Vice Chancellor of UWE, to discuss student mental health and the new Office for Students, amongst other things.

Over the weekend, Kerry will be out canvassing with young Labour members from Bristol East. She will also be taking part in the March for Men at Blaise Castle to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK.

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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