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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
I was disappointed that, in response to my written question on whether a licensing system or code of practice would be introduced for driven grouse shooting, the Government stated that they had ‘no plans’ for either. During the grouse shooting season – which ends today - thousands of birds are killed every day. It has also caused a dramatic decline in the number of hen harriers. The burning of heather on grouse moors results in degraded habitats, polluted water, increased flood risk and extra carbon dioxide emissions – estimated as up to 350,000 additional tons per year. I spoke in a Westminster Hall debate on driven grouse shooting last year and I will continue to campaign for a total ban.
Great to see that Bristol City Council, the Department for Work and Pensions and N-Gaged Training have come together to put on a job fair for ex-employees of Palmer and Harvey, the groceries’ supplier that went into administration last week. It has been estimated that hundreds of staff who worked at local sites in St Anne’s and in Avonmouth have been made redundant as a result of this, and obviously coming just before Christmas this will be a particularly difficult time for them. If you’re affected, or know anyone is, then please let them know about this. The Employers Fair will take place next Monday 11th December at The Beeches Conference Centre, Broomhill Rd, Bristol, BS4 5RG between 11am and 1pm.
Academic staff from across Europe play a crucial role in British universities; as a sector it has hugely benefitted from the freedom of movement and cooperation that has come with our membership of the European Union. We must ensure we do not lose out on the contribution of the #BrightestMinds due to Brexit – including the world leading energy researcher from UWE featured in this clip. We need the Government to offer guarantees to academics that they will be able to remain in the country and continue their research.
Great to meet up with local councillors Fabian Breckels, Asher Craig and Nicola Beech speaking to local residents and celebrating #SmallBusinessSaturday this weekend! It’s great to see that the Start Up Loans Scheme is helping set up small businesses in Bristol. For sports therapist Shawnika Sergeant, this money provided the necessary investment to help kick-start her Up & Running Sports Therapy clinic in St George. Remember buying local goods and services helps boost our city’s economy and creates jobs. - http://www.southwestbusiness.co.uk/…/finance-company-reach…/
Bristol Learning City launches search for more governors Bristol Learning City, a partnership of over 70 local organisations, has launched a new campaign alongside Business West and the free, online Inspiring Governance service to recruit more school governors. Local businesses and employees are being especially encouraged to consider the benefits of volunteering as a way to give back to local communities and support the city’s schools. The ‘Be a Governor’ campaign will highlight what new recruits are set to gain - including the opportunity to learn new skills, build networks and, if employed, boost their company’s reputation in the community. There are currently over 200 governor vacancies across local-authority maintained schools and many local academies are also looking for new governors. Business West will support the campaign by promoting the opportunities to businesses through their Skills West programme, including their members. Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol and chair of th
Over the past three months, the Big Lottery Fund has provided £18,882 of funding to 2 projects in Bristol East. The schemes in receipt of investment are 145th St Christophers Scout Group, which received £10,000, and the funding will be used by a community organisation to purchase a mini-bus to transport children and young people to a variety of outdoor and camping activities. The project aims to give people opportunities for social interaction. Friends of St George Park were awarded £8,882 to produce a plan to transform an old boating lake into a wildlife friendly park, supporting the vision to improve and shape the community space.

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The week ahead

Week beginning 11th December

The week in Parliament starts with the Second Reading of the Finance Bill, to which Labour has tabled a reasoned amendment explaining why it will be voting against the Bill. On Tuesday and Wednesday the EU (Withdrawal) Bill returns for Days 6 and 7 in Committee, and on Thursday it’s backbench debates. Oral questions include Education, BEIS, Exiting the EU and PMQs.

Kerry will be in Bristol on Monday for a meeting with Council officers about introducing an Agent of Change law to protect music venues from developers, and for a Feeding Bristol board meeting, before heading to London for the 10pm vote on the Finance Bill. Meetings/ events in Westminster this week will cover: modern slavery in international sporting events; Tibet; holiday hunger; breakfast clubs; animal welfare and Russia. Kerry also hopes to speak in a Westminster Hall debate on parental rights of prisoners. The Environmental Audit Committee meets on Tuesday, and Kerry has now agreed to return as a member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, which will be meeting this week too.

Back in Bristol Kerry has meetings with library campaigners and Unseen, the campaigners against modern slavery, as well as her usual surgery on Friday.

If you would like an appointment you can call 0117 939 9901 (between 10am and 1pm) or email kerry.mccarthy.mp@parliament.uk. 


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