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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: Kickstarting the recovery



As the challenges of COVID-19 continue to be addressed, the scale of the response across the nation needs to have long-lasting effects.

The Kickstart scheme launches this week to widen job opportunities for young people and I urge employers in Crawley to sign up.

Participating firms will be able to offer young people between 16 and 24 years of age who are claiming Universal Credit a six-month work placement that is fully funded by the Government.

The scheme will see Government pay all of the young persons’ age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week, which the employer can top up if they chose to.

Companies will also be paid £1,500 for each young person they take on as part of the initiative, to support training or other associated costs.

Kickstart is a vital part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs and I hope local employers will participate.

Young people are more likely to have been furloughed than the population as a whole, and we cannot allow them to be left behind as a result of the pandemic.

Creating jobs and helping young people develop the skills to access them is essential. Interested employers can find out more information via:

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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