Last week HS2 came to see me just hours before publicly announcing a new route that goes right through the heart of our area. I made it clear to them that I am deeply unhappy with their plans, and that I will vote against them in Parliament if necessary.
Our community now has two sets of proposals hanging over our heads. If either go ahead, they will blight our area for years, creating noise and disruption, and putting the security of our homes in question. Yet HS2 promises to bring little benefit to our community, and does nothing to provide much-needed improvements to local transport links.
As your Member of Parliament, I oppose these recommendations and plan to actively campaign against HS2 in this area which I believe will have dire consequences for our people and our communities.
Last week HS2 came to see me just hours before publicly announcing a new route that goes right through the heart of our area. I made it clear to them...
I regret to inform you following recent events, which resulted in the tragic death of my colleague Jo Cox Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen, that my office now will be closed for public access until further notice.
This does not mean that I stop working on your behalf or that I and my staff will not be available to you for help and assistance. It simply means that in order to implement new security measures, my office will be closed for public access.
You can still contact me if you require my assistance on 01977 655695 - or alternatively, you can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is not a measure I feel happy about, I have enjoyed being able to offer all my constituents full access to my office for over 20 years but I have a duty to you, my staff and myself to ensure that I take reasonable precautions to keep everyone safe.
I regret to inform you following recent events, which resulted in the tragic death of my colleague Jo Cox Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen, that my office now...
This Tuesday The League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) launched a shocking new report on dog fighting in the UK. I spoke to them in Parliament about their findings. Dog fighting is a serious animal welfare issue and also a gateway for other criminal activities. I know it is something that my constituents are particularly concerned about.
The LACS’s report – Project Bloodline –assessed the scale of the problem. The evidence was stark. I was shocked and saddened to learn that when dogs are trained to fight, owners will punch and hit the dog’s head against a wall to toughen them up. Investigators found the bodies of dead fighting dogs dumped near farmland. Both dogs and cats are used as ‘bait’.
Dog fighting is supported by criminal networks. The LACS’s undercover investigators were offered dogs that could be trained to fight, including banned breeds like Pit Bulls. There are clear problems with how dangerous dogs are identified. Prohibited breeds will often be cross-bred with other breeds. But banning breeds alone will not solve the issue – last year, just 5% of dogs seized by 13 police forces in relation to responsible dog ownership were prohibited types.
This cruel sport, which is on the rise across the UK, needs to end. There is still a serious lack of information and inconsistency of approaches in dealing with dog fighting. Moreover, action needs to be taken to tackle the problem at its source – irresponsible and criminal owners.