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I support lowering the voting age to 16 as I believe this will energise and engage young people and ensure their voices are heard. I also believe votes at 16 would strengthen our democracy and open it up to a new generation – as was quite clearly borne out in the Scottish Independence Referendum, where...
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I believe that the humane treatment of all animals should be a benchmark for any civilized society and it is very important that we send out a strong and powerful message that the illegal importation of puppies is a cruel practice that must stop. I am aware that Defra’s Chief Veterinary Officer has written to...
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I recognise that a number of concerns have been highlighted about the effectiveness of our asylum system where claims of torture are involved, including around the use of medical evidence. Indeed, It was concerning to read in Freedom from Torture’s “Proving Torture” report that of the asylum cases the organisation looked at involving claims of...
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I believe that parliament needs to be representative of communities across Britain and that we must make it easier for people to vote and engage in politics. At the 2017 General Election I stood on a manifesto which committed to establish a constitutional convention to look at reforming the way Britain works at a fundamental...
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I share concerns about punitive PIP assessments and their impact on some of the most vulnerable people in society. I was deeply concerned by the Disability Benefits Consortium’s recent findings that eight in every 10 of those facing PIP assessments find it make their health worse, and two thirds feel their claim was poorly represented...
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Our country has a proud history of helping those fleeing conflict and persecution and, as we face the biggest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War, I believe we must continue to pay our part by taking our fair share of refugees. I have long believed that the government should be doing more to help...
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Recent events have brought to mind the old adage “the more it changes, the more it stays the same” and when it comes to the upper echelons of politics that certainly still seems to be the case. Sex scandals, harassment and bullying might make for good headlines and sell news but they don’t make for...
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I appreciate that breastfeeding is widely accepted as the best form of nutrition for infants to ensure a good start in life and I recognise the positive health benefits of breastfeeding and its important role in reducing health inequalities. I know from UNICEF’s recent report on preventing disease finds that the NHS could save significant...
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The winner of Lesley Laird MP’s first ever Christmas card competition experienced the thrill of seeing her design roll off the printing presses on Thursday. A drawing by Adela Friedrichova (12), a first year pupil at Viewforth High School, KIrkcaldy, was among over a hundred entries submitted by pupils from five local primary and high...
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The humane treatment of animals should be a benchmark for any civilized society and I have long believed that the UK must lead the world on high animal welfare standards and in the fight against global animal cruelty. I am proud that in 1997 the UK Government banned the testing of cosmetics on animals. In...
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