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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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Crawley MP speaks out ahead of no confidence vote

With the debate raging on in the House Of Commons, the local MP Henry Smith have spoken out about why he voted against the PM’s deal and how he will be voting tonight.

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Henry Smith says:

Having listened carefully to the House of Commons debate regarding the Prime Minister’s UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement, I voted against this deal last night.

That arrangement would actually have ceded sovereignty, particularly through the so-called backstop arrangement, which the UK would not have been able to leave unilaterally. This deal did not deliver the Brexit which a majority of Crawley and national voters wanted in their referendum decision.

Tonight, Parliament will decide whether it has confidence in the Government. I will not vote to risk the progress which has taken place since 2010. Investment in our NHS which has seen services return to Crawley Hospital, with a new long-term plan recently published which will see an extra £394 million a week for our health service, has taken place under the Conservatives.

Employment has hit a record high under this Government and wages are rising at their fastest pace in a decade. While full and permanent jobs account for 75 per cent of employment there is still work to be done to ensure even more people have the security of a regular pay packet.

Throughout his whole political career, Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has consistently aided those against the British national interest. I will not give him an opportunity to take these views to Downing Street.

His policies would most hurt those they claim to help; seeing increased taxes, driving wages down and reducing jobs and investment in our country.

Over the last week alone, the Labour Leader failed five times to say whether he would campaign to leave or remain in the European Union.

It should be remembered that over the last three years Parliament has been given its instructions from the British people; the referendum result with a clear decision in favour of leaving the EU, and the last general election where 589 MPs were elected on a pledge to deliver Brexit.

Theresa May’s EU deal was unambitious, but I will not risk the people’s Brexit, so will vote in Parliament tonight in favour of the Conservative Government of economic growth with a record of delivery.

Henry Smith MP

Crawley Constituency

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