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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.

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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 wishes Crawley’s Gareth Southgate ‘the best of luck’

The Crawley MP sends a message to the England manager, and his team, ahead of England’s first match against Tunisia on Monday 18 June at 7pm.

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Henry Smith MP has wished Gareth Southgate, the England national football team manager who grew up in Crawley, the best of luck ahead of the 2018 World Cup which began yesterday.

Henry said:

“When England’s World Cup campaign begins on Monday, the eyes of the whole world will be on one of Crawley’s own.

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“I want to wish the best of luck to Gareth Southgate – who famously grew up in our town – and his team. Come on England!

“I remember being at a National Citizen Service graduation ceremony just a few days before Gareth was appointed permanent England manager – who knows what our town’s next generation will go on to achieve?”

England’s World Cup campaign kicks off against Tunisia on Monday, 18 June, at 7pm BST.

The England manager attended Pound Hill Junior and Hazelwick Schools, and married at Worth Church. He played 57 times for England, and in 2014 cited a number of his teachers at Pound Hill and Hazelwick as being a driving force on him taking up football.

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Gareth was confirmed as permanent England manager in November 2016, following a period in interim charge from September of that year.

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