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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: Unemployment at its lowest level for over 4 decades

The new figures show that unemployment is at its lowest since 1975, and the number of young people out of work has fallen by over 447,000 in the last 8 years.

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Henry Smith MP has welcomed the latest figures which show that the number of people out of work is at a record low.

In Crawley, the number of people who are unemployed has fallen by 1,365 – a 59 per cent drop – since 2010.

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Employment has increased in the south east of England, with 4,552,127 people in work – an increase of 360,127 more people in work since 2010.

The Crawley MP has welcomed the new figures, which show that unemployment is at its lowest since 1975 and that the number of young people out of work has fallen by over 447,000 in the last eight years.

Henry said:

“Unemployment continues to fall to record lows. Thanks to the Government’s welfare reforms, more people are being helped into work – and through the modern Industrial Strategy, businesses are getting backing to create jobs.

“That means more people benefit from getting up every day to a good job, and more people have the financial security of a regular pay packet to provide for themselves and their families.”

The Secretary of State for Work & Pensions, Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, said:

“With the unemployment rate falling further to just 4 per cent, and youth unemployment down over 45 per cent since 2010, school leavers this week can look forward to a growing jobs market, improving the prospects for their future careers.

“In fact the UK’s vibrant jobs market is benefiting people across the board. Record rates of ethnic minority people in work also show that more families across our society are benefiting from the security of a job, with wages also on the increase.

“We have some of the most creative, innovative and hard-working young people in the world and this summer I’ve been urging them to take on a summer job, gaining ‘soft skills’ – or as I call them, essential skills – for their future careers.”

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