Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


23 AUG 2019

End the Cage Age

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me about the End the Cage Age campaign and the debate on the 9th of September, I will endeavour to attend.

Clearly, it is indisputable that animals are sentient and feel pain and I understand you are concerned that the welfare of animals should be paramount in law making post Brexit. I know that under European Union treaty provisions animal welfare must be given full regard in policy making.

My Brexit focus remains on trying to ensure everyone has a final say in a referendum.

You may be interested to know that the Liberal Democrats support stronger animal cruelty penalties, improved standards of animal welfare in agriculture and an all out ban on caged hens.

It is our belief that UK animal welfare standards must not be undermined by cheaper imports produced to lower standards. Any future trade deals require high animal welfare standards for food imports, including clear and unambiguous country of origin labelling for meat and dairy products. My Liberal Democrat colleagues and I will do everything in our power to protect animal rights, Brexit or no Brexit.

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