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- 10 May 2018
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.
- 10 May 2018
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.
- 01 May 2018
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
- 26 April 2018
This week I’m back in Strasbourg in my role as a member of the Council of Europe. Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott presented a report about ensuring that the main agreements of the Paris agreement on climate change – keeping global warming below two degrees – are met. I spoke in the debate, and talked about how we should be keeping as many fossil fuels as possible “in the ground”, as well as reducing meat consumption if we are to have any chance of combating climate change. Watch a clip of my speech:
- 25 April 2018
Have you ever wondered who made your clothes? How much they’re paid, and what their lives are like? Millions of people make our clothes, but too many of them live in poverty, exploitation or danger. Five years ago the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed killing over 1,100 garment workers. While progress has been made, there is still so much the fashion industry must do to improve pay and conditions for the world’s 75 million garment workers, 80% of whom are women.We can all help drive positive change, by demanding a fair, safe and more transparent industry. I encourage you to watch and share the video below to mark Fashion Revolution Week and ask brands #whomademyclothes.
- 24 April 2018
Huge credit to Bristol's Boston Tea Party Cafés, that will be the first coffee chain in the UK to enforce a complete ban all single use coffee cups later this year. Its owner Sam Roberts, said: "We dream of a future where our children marvel at the fact that pre-2018 we would regularly use a cup once and throw it away". ??
- 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.
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