Fire and rescue services have done a truly fantastic job during the pandemic, tackling on not only their normal duties but delivering food and PPE to those in need. All our emergency services and also our armed forces have done a huge amount to help the national effort to beat Covid-19.
In Meon Valley we are lucky to have some of the best pubs in the UK and I am proud to support them. During the lockdown, my team and I called as many of the pubs in Meon Valley as possible to discuss their concerns during this difficult time.
I am pleased that the Government is committed to improving the welfare of cats and has a manifesto commitment to introduce compulsory microchipping of cats. Last year, Defra published a call for evidence on compulsory microchipping for cats, which attracted over 3,000 responses.
These have been very difficult times for the country and while it is paramount to protect jobs and the economy, I appreciate that questions are also being asked about the way the country does business in the future.
I understand that the concerns regarding the incorrect use of the Overseas Operations Bill. Victims of torture need to know that their allegations will be taken with the utmost seriousness and that soldiers are not above the law.
It is encouraging that air pollution has reduced significantly since 2010. Emissions of nitrogen oxides have fallen by 33% and are at their lowest level since records began, however, there is still more to do.
How the NHS values and retains its staff is critical and I was encouraged when a deal was agreed in 2018 ensuring a 6.5% pay rise for over one million NHS workers on Agenda for Change contracts over three years.
I am aware that there have been reports of several businesses and industry sectors, such as the travel and aviation sector, considering making thousands of staff redundant. I appreciate that many businesses have been significantly affected by the Covid-19 outbreak, including those operating in th
I appreciate the many people feel strongly about this issue and rightly so. At the heart of planning are the very homes we live in, the schools our children go to, the hospital we visit and the roads that take us there.
I understand the strong opinions many people have on this issue. I am pleased that the UK is at the forefront of international efforts to regulate global trade in wild animals, and Ministers and officials regularly raise concerns with other governments and with international authorities.
I know the UK works with a wide range of international partners to ensure the best results for girls across the world. I am proud of the leadership that the UK has shown, supporting the UN and national governments to keep girls safe.
I appreciate the concerns about the awful events transpiring in Yemen. I was born there, so this is a country very close to my heart and I have been following what is happening there closely. Earlier this year I was pleased to set up the Yemen All-Party Parliamentary Group.
I believe that the irresponsible use of the whip is completely unacceptable. The British Horseracing Association (BHA), the governing and regulatory body for the sport, requires that whips used in horse racing must be used responsibly, for safety reasons and only to encourage the horse.
We are a nation of animal lovers, so it is only right that we have some of the highest welfare standards in the world. In addition to fur farming being banned in the UK, I am pleased to note that the import of fur products is tightly regulated.
Our manifesto is clear that in all of our trade negotiations, we will not compromise on our high environmental protection, animal welfare and food standards. We remain firmly committed to upholding our high environmental, food safety and animal welfare standards outside the EU.
All wild birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and there are strong penalties in place for offences committed against birds of prey and other wildlife, with most wildlife crimes carrying up to an unlimited fine and/or a six-month custodial sentence.
The UK has always championed freedom of religion or belief for everyone. As a country that has always been a beacon for freedom and tolerance, I passionately believe the UK should not shirk its responsibilities.
I believe we must all receive dignified care in old age. With an ageing population, this is one of the biggest challenges our country faces. I support the Government’s commitment to making sure that the most vulnerable in society gain the support they need.
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