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.
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...
Labour stands for a bottom up approach to the devolution of power. This is not what is on offer from the Tory government.
The government’s decision to impose Metro Mayors on local areas and combined authorities as a precondition of devolution is wrong.
It is doubly wrong when that imposition is being applied even to areas where the local population voted only recently in a referendum to reject the idea of being governed by a Mayor.
And it is triply wrong when combined with the iron grip which the chancellor has exercised on local councils’ spending by imposing cuts on some of the most deprived communities in Britain. Instead of empowering councils, the government is cutting funding and holding communities back.
It is also wrong for the Conservative government to take powers back to Westminster. The latest example being the forced academisation of schools. We need a much more serious approach to getting powers and funding out of Whitehall and into our communities.
Labour believes in a devolution that gives local people the power to make their communities and economies stronger and fairer.
My question is: why doesn’t the Tory government trust local communities to decide how they should be governed? Some may want Mayors. Others may not. The imposition of mayors is in direct opposition to the very definition of devolution and it is deeply unhelpful that Osborne is insisting on making these deals behind closed doors therefore appearing to exclude the public.