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- 24 April 2018
Childhood obesity is a major problem, with one in three children overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school. Doctors are now urging ministers to ban fast food outlets from opening within 400 metres of schools. This is already Bristol City Council policy and would be a step in the right direction in reducing the amount of fast food consumed by children on their way to or from school, and during their lunch breaks. But it does not go far enough. Other councils have introduced an 800 metre ban - which would have stopped the proposed McDonalds on Fishponds Road - and I believe we should be looking to do the same.
- 23 April 2018
Bristol City Council is currently running a consultation on Sex Establishments (which includes sex shops, sexual entertainment venues, hostess bars, and the like) - I would very much encourage you to take part. Back in 2012, the Council adopted legislation which gave it the ability to control and regulate Sex Establishments, and the policy that was developed as a result is now being reviewed. Make your views known here by 31 May 2018:https://bristol.citizenspace.com/…/sex-establishment-polic…/.
- 20 April 2018
Did you, or a family member, come to the UK from a Commonwealth country between 1948 and 1971? Have you been asked to prove your right to stay in the UK or had difficulties with pensions or healthcare? My fellow Bristol MP Thangam Debbonaire is hosting a public meeting to share information and advice about how to deal with any problems. It will take place on Saturday 28 April, 2.30-4pm at King's Centre, 16-18 King Square, BS2 8AZ. If you can't make it, but would still like to discuss your situation or need help, please get in touch with my office on 0117 939 9901.
- 19 April 2018
Along with two dozen other MPs from across the Commons, I have written to Liverpool FC asking them to drop a partnership deal they have with Tibetan Water Resources Ltd, a Hong Kong registered company which sources its water from a Tibetan glacier. The people of Tibet have no control over how their natural resources are used, and receive no compensation from the Chinese. By sponsoring Tibet Water, Liverpool FC is lending both the company and Chinese occupation of Tibet legitimacy. The club is by no means short of cash – it received over £148m from TV and prize money last year, as well as having returned to the Champions League this season. I hope the club will heed our calls and end this deal as soon as possible.
- 18 April 2018
Yet more evidence highlighting that the resource problems the police are facing. Government cuts to policing budgets have meant that there simply aren’t enough police officers to cover all the rest days they are owed. I have been petitioning the Government to increase the resources given to Avon and Somerset Police, please sign in support here -
- 17 April 2018
Later this month, I hope the Government will finally announce plans for the largest marine reserve in the Atlantic, around the incredible South Sandwich Islands near the Antarctic, home to a huge array of whales, fish, birds, seals and over 10% of the world’s penguins. I’ve been campaigning for this for some time – recently asking the Government to take action on this in a debate on marine degradation, and have signed the Blue Belt Charter. Marine reserves help our threatened oceans to recover and rebuild. And the UK is responsible through its overseas territories for the fifth largest marine estate in the world, which includes the largest coral atoll on earth, globally significant populations of albatross, whales and turtles, and a quarter of the penguins on the planet! Read more about the Blue Belt Charter below
- 16 April 2018
It’s shameful that the Government hasn’t given assurances to the immigrants from the Windrush generation, who have lived, worked, and paid taxes in Britain for decades, that they can remain in Britain without producing documents proving they have been here since before 1973. Many people simply do not have such documents, such as Albert Thompson, who has lived in London for over 40 years, but is being denied cancer care on the NHS and faces a £54,000 charge for treatment he has received so far. The Government has now admitted that some people have even been wrongly deported. I am ashamed that we are treating people who have contributed so much to this country so poorly, and I have co-signed a letter calling for the Prime Minister to guarantee the status of Commonwealth nationals in this country. It is now up to the Government to act to give this generation of migrants the assurance they need and deserve. There’s a petition calling for an amnesty to all minors who arrived in Britain b
- 12 April 2018
Last week I met with a number of constituents at my first dedicated advice surgery for autistic people and their families which was held at the Create Centre. This follows my neighbour Thangam Debbonaire MP for Bristol West holding Britain’s first MP surgery specifically for autistic people last September, and a recent backbench debate on Autism Awareness which I attended. Many important themes were raised including a lot on how we can make public spaces more autism friendly, so not being overwhelming in terms of noise and business, and the inclusion of quiet spaces, as well as a lack of relevant support for many autistic people. The National Autistic Society have published advice on the pledges everyone can make for autistic people, in a variety of situations. Please give it a look to find out what small actions could reduce the overload autistic people face.
- 11 April 2018
An investigation by The Bristol Cable has revealed that the number of working days lost to stress or anxiety across North Bristol NHS Trust, University Hospitals Bristol Trust, and the South West Ambulance Service has risen by 41% in the seven years up to the end of 2017, making stress account for the greatest number of working days lost to any type of illness. I have also heard directly from constituents – who work across the health service – about the increased pressures they are facing in their jobs and the impact this is having on their own health and their family life. The Government must do more to address the constant funding and staff shortages that have become the norm over the last seven years and stop taking hardworking and dedicated staff for granted.
- 10 April 2018
This week is Male Cancer Awareness Week. This is really important, as one in three men in the UK say they know nothing about prostate cancer, despite it being the most common cancer amongst men. Over 47,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year – that's 129 men every day. This infographic from the male cancer charity, Orchid, focuses on three key risk factors and the predominant symptoms associated with prostate cancer. I would encourage you to share it to help raise awareness and encourage men to get to know the risks.
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