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Crawley MP Henry Smith secures foie gras debate

The debate will be the final piece of business in the House of Commons on Wednesday 13th June.



Crawley MP Henry Smith has secured a parliamentary debate on an issue where the UK can enhance animal protection following its exit from the European Union.

Henry said:

“I’m delighted to have secured a debate in the House of Commons on the issue of foie gras imports.

“Foie gras is made from diseased livers of ducks or geese which are force-fed maize repeatedly by having a metal tube inserted down their throats two or three times a day.

“While production of this so-called ‘delicacy’ in the UK is banned, I’m calling for an end to imports of it; only possible once the UK has left the EU’s single market.”

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The Crawley MP’s debate will be the final piece of business in the House of Commons on Wednesday, 13th June, and a response from a Government minister is guaranteed. It is estimated that the debate will begin no earlier than 6.45pm.

The debate will be streamed live on CN24 tomorrow.

International animal advocacy organisation, Animal Equality UK have thrown their support behind Henry Smith in the lead up to the debate on Wednesday:

The Crawley MP has consistently shown strong support for animal welfare and was in Crawley’s local Body Shop as they continue to help gather signatures for the #ForeverAgainstAnimalTesting Cruelty Free International campaign.

He’s also welcomed the move for a ban on ivory sales and said he was ‘delighted’ to support a recent Blue Belt campaign.

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Henry Smith MP: Making sure tips go to the right place

In his article this week Crawley MP Henry Smith welcomes changes to how tips are handled.



With Crawley’s thriving service industry, the Prime Minister’s recent announcement of plans to stop employers making deductions from workers’ tips will make a difference to many in our town.

When leaving a tip after good service at a restaurant, we expect that all the extra money will go to those who provided that good experience. The reality is sometimes different, with some restaurant chains taking up to 10 per cent of staff tips.

Government proposals in this area will see a pay boost for workers and provide a more honest arrangement for the consumers who leave tips.

This is an issue highlighted earlier in the year by Unite the Union, who previously condemned the last Labour government over its lack of action on the subject.

While ministers previously announced plans to tackle exploitative practices by banning or restricting employers taking tips that are given to staff and making a voluntary code of practice for employers legally binding, this week’s announcement goes further and will protect workers from employers taking deductions from their tips.

Such measures will provide a fairer deal for staff, and give confidence to customers who will know where their money is going.

Henry Smith MP

Crawley Constituency

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