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Animal Welfare debate

March 30, 2017 | By | No Comments

At a backbench debate on animal welfare I reiterated my support for a Battersea Dogs & Cats Home campaign for tougher sentencing for animal cruelty and shared my view on the role of the RSPCA. The EFRA Committee (of which I am a member) recommended the Society should continue its work investigating animal welfare cases but withdraw as acting as prosecutor. I voted against this recommendation as the Crown Prosecution Service and Local Authorities simply do not have the resources to accept responsibility.

Follow the links to watch or read the debate in full or jump straight to my contribution here.

29 Mar

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Schools funding debate

March 29, 2017 | By | No Comments

Helen Hayes, Labour MP for Dulwich and West Norwood secured a very important Westminster Hall debate on schools funding in London.

Prior to the debate I was contacted by a number of primary schools and constituents in Poplar and Limehouse who were all concerned by the implementation of the new funding formula. The head at Cubitt Town School informed me they stand to lose £747 per pupil due to the changes. Schools in Tower Hamlets and across London are facing extreme pressure and simply cannot afford these cuts.


Follow the links to watch or read the debate in full or jump straight to my contribution here.

28 Mar

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Compensation for victims of IRA terrorism

March 28, 2017 | By | No Comments

I joined a group of cross-party MPs arguing the case for a debate on compensation for victims of Libyan-sponsored IRA terrorism.

For a number of years the IRA received significant support to carry out their attacks from the Gadhafi regime in Libya. One of those attacks included the 1996 Canary Wharf bombing.

We asked the Backbench Business Committee to grant us a debate in the House of Commons and ask the government why, unlike victims from other European countries and America, British citizens have not been awarded compensation.

You can watch the bid in full here.

24 Mar

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Fitz Weekly: 24 March 2017

March 24, 2017 | By | No Comments

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24 Mar

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Cochlear Implants debate

March 24, 2017 | By | No Comments

I sponsored a debate on ‘Funding and assessment for Cochlear Implantation.’ Cochlear implantation has been approved by NICE as a clinically and cost effective treatment for adults and children with severe or profound levels of hearing loss. Estimates suggest, however, that the UK has low levels of implantation in adults compared to other European countries- only 5% of adults who would benefit have the operation.

You can watch the debate in full here.

21 Mar

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The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee: Rural Payments Industry oral evidence session

March 21, 2017 | By | No Comments

The EFRA Committee questioned Natural England and the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) on their performance in making Countryside Stewardship scheme payments on Tuesday.

You can watch the session in full or to learn more, please click here.

17 Mar

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Fitz Weekly: 17 March 2017

March 17, 2017 | By | No Comments

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15 Mar

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Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee: Feeding the Nation oral evidence session

March 15, 2017 | By | No Comments

The EFRA Committee held its third and final evidence session as part of its inquiry into Feeding the Nation: labour constraints. The session examined the Government’s policies towards the agricultural labour market.

You can watch the session in full or to learn more, please click here.

15 Mar

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Jim Fitzpatrick MP meets local scientist at STEM for BRITAIN

March 15, 2017 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick met local scientist Anasua Chatterjee at STEM for BRITAIN, a poster competition in the House of Commons involving over 200 early stage or early career researchers organized by the Parliamentary & Scientific Committee.

Anasua from University College London was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament and her poster on research about ‘splitting the electron in a silicon transistor’ was judged by professional and academic experts against dozens of other scientists’ research in the only national competition of its kind.

Jim said:

“These early career engineers, mathematicians and scientists are the architects of our future and STEM for BRITAIN is a great opportunity to meet them and learn about their work.

“I enjoyed meeting Anasua today and found her work fascinating. I wish her every success in the future.”

14 Mar

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Dog Fouling debate

March 14, 2017 | By | No Comments

Confusion exists on the best way to deal with dog fouling in the countryside. At a Westminster Hall debate on the subject I raised a concern from the NFU and Keep Britain Tidy over messaging for dog owners- both organisations support ‘Bag it and Bin it.’

Follow the links to watch or read the debate in full.

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