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ANGLESEY FARMERS MEET WITH INTERNATIONAL TRADE MINISTER

A UK Government minister has reassured farmers on Anglesey that new trade deals will not lower food standards during an online Zoom call organised by Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie. Department for International Trade (DIT) minister Greg Hands met with the NFU, FUW, farmers and young farmers for the 50-minute chat. The discussion covered concerns…

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MAJOR VICTORY IN CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT LIVESTOCK FROM DOG ATTACKS

Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie has scored a major victory in her campaign to better protect livestock from dog attacks after the Government announced new legislation to toughen up the law. The Kept Animals Bill will have a Livestock Worrying component to update the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953, which is unfit for purpose.…

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VIRGINIA CROSBIE IS BACKING GREAT BRITISH BEEF WEEK

Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie is backing Great British Beef Week as the UK Government works to expand exports of the meat into major new markets. The event until 30th April is aiming to raise awareness of the British beef farming sector and how farmers can take advantage of the global trade opportunities through the…

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ANGLESEY FARMERS WANT TRADE PARTNERSHIPS AND HIGH FOOD STANDARDS

Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie told MPs this week that the island’s farmers welcome the UK joining a trans-pacific trade partnership but not at the expense of lower standard food imports. The UK has applied to join The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) – a trade agreement among Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile,…

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Freight customers keen to return to Holyhead Port

Freight customers want to use Holyhead port and the UK land bridge to get their goods into the EU, Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie was told in the Welsh Affairs Committee this week. Virginia asked if there was a risk the UK land bridge could be bypassed permanently and whether any drop in traffic at…

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Neonicotinoids/Pesticides

Thank you for contacting me about the emergency approval of the use of neonicotinoids by sugar beet farmers. I am an active member of the Conservative Environmental Network and have been working to promote conservation and decarbonisation and I share your concerns for the environment. This is a complicated issue and one that I have…

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Food Standards

Thank you for contacting me regarding protecting our food standards. I am privileged to represent the farming community of the island in Parliament and am determined to ensure that wherever food is produced, it is to the highest standards for all people of Great Britain.  The Trade Bill cannot be used to implement new free…

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NHS Trade Amendment

Thank you for contacting me about the Trade Bill and the NHS and trade agreement scrutiny. The Trade Bill is a continuity Bill, and it cannot be used to implement new free trade agreements. Rather, the Trade Bill is designed to roll over the free trade agreements that the EU had signed with third countries…

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HS2

Thank you for contacting me about HS2. Following the recommendations of the independent Oakervee review on the benefits and impact of HS2, the Prime Minister gave the go ahead to HS2 alongside major improvements to local transport networks across the country. Construction work on Phase One of HS2 has now commenced.  HS2 will form the…

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Workers’ Rights

Thank you for contacting me about workers rights following our departure from the EU. I have been assured that the Government is committed to maintaining and enhancing workers’ rights following the UK’s departure from the EU. The Working Time Directive has been transposed into UK law through the Working Time Regulations 1998, and under the…

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Covid-19 Restrictions

Thank you for contacting me about the measures implemented to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.  Although this is a devolved matter, as both a resident of Anglesey and its Member of Parliament, I take considerable concern about the measures implemented to control the spread of this invisible, yet deadly enemy. I closely monitor the changes to…

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Visa-Free Travel for Artists and Musicians

Thank you for contacting me about visa-free work permits for artists and musicians. I wholeheartedly welcome your support for the performing arts. The UK is home to a huge number of world-class performers across a range of different disciplines and I am committed to ensuring their continued international success under the agreement between the UK…

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The Brexit Deal

Thank you for contacting me about our departure from the European Union. Since the result of the referendum was announced, many were unsure what our future relationship with the EU would look like. After hours of work, millions of voices, and multiple iterations, the final deal has been reached and agreed to by MPs –…

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Holyhead Port Delays

Thank you for contacting me about delays at Holyhead Port. I welcome that the UK Government has secured an excellent deal for the United Kingdom which delivers on what the British public voted for in the referendum and in the 2019 General Election.  In total, the deal is worth over £660 billion, and I am…

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New Covid-19 Variants

Thank you for contacting me about the new variants of COVID-19. It is entirely normal for viruses to evolve, and new variants come and go over time. The Government has an advisory group on New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats (NERVTAG) which has been analysing the recent new variants, including those in the UK, South…

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Coronavirus Testing

Thank you for contacting me about Covid-19 testing.  I fully support steps the Government has taken to increase testing capacity, by setting and meeting ambitious targets. I was delighted to learn that the target of capacity for 500,000 tests each day was met and exceeded. If you live in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland,…

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Erasmus

Thank you for contacting me about the impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on the higher education sector. As a former teacher and a mother of a student, I share your concerns for the educational opportunities available to young people.  I can assure you that the UK’s withdrawal from the EU does not…

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Data Transfer in the UK-Japan Trade Deal

Thank you for contacting me about data transfer clauses in the UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). I know there has been a great deal of discussion surrounding data protection issues relating to this agreement and it is important to address the misconceptions which have emerged. Regarding claims that the CEPA places the free flow…

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Dementia Care

Thank you for contacting me about dementia care. I believe increasing public awareness and understanding of dementia among the wider public is vital to ensure that people are supported to live well with the condition and I am encouraged that there are over 3 million Dementia Friends. Research is crucial to understanding and tackling dementia.…

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EU Cooperation on Coronavirus

Thank you for contacting me about cooperating with the EU during the coronavirus outbreak. I want to stress that there is nothing that participating in EU schemes would allow us to do which we cannot do ourselves. The Government has, for instance, ordered over 32 billion items of PPE to provide a continuous supply over…

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Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Thank you for contacting me about the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. I understand that nuclear weapons are a highly emotive topic which attract a significant amount of attention. While I am aware the Government does not intend to sign, ratify or become party to the treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons, I do want…

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Parliamentary Scrutiny of Trade Deals

Thank you for contacting me about parliamentary scrutiny of future free trade agreements. I welcome the Secretary of State for International Trade’s announcement regarding the shape of arrangements for the scrutiny of international trade agreements. Beginning with the UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, the House of Commons’ International Trade Committee and House of Lords’ International…

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Regulation of the Press

Thank you for contacting me about regulation of the press. The majority of national newspapers are members of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), the independent regulator for most of the newspaper and magazine industry in the UK. IPSO has made continued improvements over the years by incorporating steps recommended by the Leveson Inquiry. This…

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Healthy Food for Children

This is a serious issue and it is vital everything possible is done to help people with the cost of living. Ministers are working hard to improve competition to help producers and retailers offer the best prices for food and regularly discuss all aspects of food security, including accessibility. It is encouraging that the UK…

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Animal Testing

As a result of my love for animals and degree in microbiology, I understand your concerns for the welfare of animals used in testing.  Animal research still plays an important role in providing vital safety information for potential new medicines. It is worth remembering that, as a result of findings from animal studies, a large…

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Green and Fair Recovery

These have been very difficult times for the country and while it is paramount to protect jobs and the economy, I appreciate that questions are also being asked about the way the country does business in the future. I agree that as we recover from Covid-19, the Government needs to deliver an economy which is…

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Badger Cull

I understand your concerns for the badger population, it is a concern I share given my degree in microbiology and my love of animals. Bovine TB is one of the greatest animal health threats to the UK. It not only has a devastating impact on our UK beef and dairy farms, but costs taxpayers £100…

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Union Learning Fund

As a former maths teacher catering mostly to adult learners, I firmly believe in the importance of lifelong learning. I have seen the life-changing results of adult education and will always support such programmes. However, it is vital we spend taxpayers money in the most effective way and ensure that funds are producing the results…

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Baby Loss

As a mother of three and former chair of Save the Baby I understand the importance of creating awareness for this deeply sad experience that too many experience. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the meeting due to a prior engagement, but I did listen to the debate after and found the speeches of my…

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Puppy Smuggling

As a loving owner of a cocker spaniel, I understand your concerns for the welfare of animals and I take the issue of puppy imports very seriously. I am aware of the issues regarding puppy imports and age verification, and I support the Government’s ongoing commitment to reviewing the existing guidelines with help of organisations…

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Legacy Benefits

I understand your concerns for those struggling during these unprecedented times. Having worked as a maths teacher with many adults who relied on the benefits system, I understand how difficult it can be for many to manage their finances when extra pressure is placed on them. As a result, I have welcomed the injection of…

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Electrical Safety Online

I am pleased that Electrical Safety First is campaigning for better regulation of online marketplaces. I am committed to making the online marketplace as safe as possible and I know that UK Government Ministers share this ambition.  The UK has a strong product safety system in place to ensure that products are safe before they…

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Nazanin-Zaghari Ratcliffe and Anoosheh Ashoori

My thoughts are with Nazanin and Anoosheh, and their families. Like you, I want to see them both released immediately.  I want to reassure you that the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office continues to work hard to assist British nationals detained in Iran. I have been told by the Secretary of State that the UK…

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Anglesey – the Home of Hydrogen Energy?

Hydrogen energy is quickly taking off on the Isle of Anglesey with potential research by Bangor University and M-Sparc into green production methods and the possible development of a ‘Hydrogen Highway’ along the A55, the first of its kind in the UK.  Such progress would be a landmark event not just for the island, but…

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Charity Funded Research

With my background in science, I know how important charity funded research is to so many important causes and I share your desire to see it continue.  During these incredibly difficult times the work of medical research charities is more important than ever. The UK Government has held meetings with the Association of Medical Research…

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Animal Cruelty Sentencing

As a loving owner of a cocker spaniel, I share your love and concern for animals.  There is no place in this country for animal cruelty, and we must ensure that those who abuse animals are met with the full force of the law. I am therefore pleased that the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill has…

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Child Poverty

 As a mother of three, the thought of children in poverty is deeply saddening and I agree that we must act to ensure we lift as many children out of poverty as we can. First of all, thank you for highlighting the statistics for our local area. I would emphasise that my colleagues at the…

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Trident and Covid-19

I don’t believe that there is a mutual exclusivity in investing in nuclear defences and public health funding. Instead, I support the Government’s continued action in both areas.  I believe it is absolutely vital that we maintain a continuous independent nuclear deterrent as the ultimate guarantee of our national security. Although no state currently has…

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Support for the Self-Employed

I welcome that measures have been announced to help self-employed people, many of whom are especially vulnerable during this time.  We must do whatever it takes to protect jobs and livelihoods across the UK, and we must adapt our support as the path of the virus changes. It is right that the Self-Employed Income Support…

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US-UK Free Trade Deal

I understand that headlines have created concerns for some about such a trade deal, but the UK Government has taken a number of measures in order to restore confidence. These include the strengthening of parliamentary scrutiny for future trade deals and an extension of the Trade and Agriculture Commission that works alongside the farmers unions…

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Food Poverty and UK Global Tariffs

I appreciate concerns about the potential impact on food prices of no further agreement resulting from UK-EU negotiations. If it is not possible to reach an agreement by the end of the transition period, then from 1st January 2021 the UK will apply the UK Global Tariff (UKGT) to EU imports, and the EU would…

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Tuition Fees During Covid-19

As a mother of a university student, I totally understand the frustration many are feeling about paying full tuition fees this year when teaching may in some cases be online only.  However, universities are autonomous and responsible for setting their own fees, with the Government only setting a maximum cap. However, Ministers and the Office…

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Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill

I appreciate your concerns about the proposed legislation in this area. This is a very sensitive and important area of the law. As you will be aware, the Bill provides an express legal power for the intelligence agencies, police and a small number of other public authorities to continue to utilise an important tactic for…

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Live Animal Export

As a loving owner of a cocker spaniel and a former dolphin carer, I totally share your concern for the welfare of animals. There is no place in this country for animal cruelty, but unfortunately many animals are still mistreated. I am therefore pleased that the Government has put together a package of measures which…

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Reaching a Deal with the EU

Following the European Council on 15 and 16 October, the European Commission’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has now acknowledged the need to work intensively, that movement in the negotiations is needed from both sides if agreement is to be reached and that the EU is negotiating with a sovereign country. The UK negotiating team is…

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Biodiversity

As a loving owner of a cocker spaniel, I share your concerns and support for animals and biodiversity in nature. One of my favourite things to do with my children is go for long walks along the dramatic Anglesey coastline, and I want there to be even more of our beautiful wildlife for them to…

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Covid-19 in Gaza

Gaza’s humanitarian situation remains deeply concerning. Recently, services to Palestinian refugees have come under increasing pressure, especially in Gaza where there has been a significant deterioration in both the humanitarian and economic situation. I welcome the vital support that the UK is providing to help respond to Covid-19 in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The UK’s…

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Welsh Fishing Industry

I totally agree about how important it is we have control over our waters. I have recently been to visit many local fishermen – including Sion Riley whose inspirational lockdown story is a reminder to us all what a little optimism and support in times of trouble can do. However, the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) has failed…

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Support for No-Deal

I entered politics to see us be free of the shackles of the EU and I agree with you about the importance of us getting this right. You are totally correct that we must not accept a sub-par deal with the EU and I am pleased that the UK Government is taking the necessary measures to…

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Immigration Bill and Family Reunification

The Immigration and Social Security Coordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill is a vital piece of legislation to provide the foundations for our new immigration system. This is a simple piece of legislation to end free movement of people and I believe any amendments to the legislation will simply delay or prevent the Government from fulfilling a…

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Food Insecurity

As a mother of three, the thought of any child going hungry is deeply saddening for me, so I share your concerns on this important issue. Unfortunately, food security has been deteriorating in many countries since 2015, due to conflict, climate change, shocks such as locusts, and economic slowdowns. Covid-19 is making this difficult situation…

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Local Electricity Bill

I believe distributed generation may have a role to play a part in a smarter, more efficient energy system and small scale low-carbon technologies should have a level playing field as the market for smarter services evolves.  The Local Electricity Bill, introduced by Peter Aldous MP, has had its First Reading in the House of…

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Wind Farms

I certainly support increasing renewable energy sources across the UK and on Anglesey and I support offshore wind farms in the coastline off Anglesey. However, I believe that additional onshore wind farms would be detrimental to our tourism industry and should not go ahead. I believe our island has done our part to contribute to…

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Deer Hunting

I appreciate the strong feelings many people have on this issue and as an animal lover, I share your concern for ensuring the welfare of our wildlife.  The Deer Act 1991 provides a robust framework for the protection of deer. It sets out how anyone hunting deer must not: Killing / taking / injuring a…

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Game Shooting

I would like to start by reassuring you that I too share your concerns for the animal population. As a loving owner of a cocker spaniel, I agree that causing significant harm to game birds is totally wrong.  However, those involved in shooting carry out £250 million in conservation work annually which is incredibly important…

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School Breakfast Bill

I strongly believe that all children should have access to a good breakfast before school for the benefit of their learning, attendance, behaviour and attainment. I know that UK Ministers also share this goal and are committed to ensuring that no child starts the school day hungry. It is welcome that many support programmes are…

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Environment Bill

Thank you for contacting me about your concerns for the environment. I share your concerns for the environment and have been working closely with the Conservative Environment Network to promote action. Living in a place like Ynys Môn, it is impossible not to want to protect what we have for future generations.  As set out…

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Funding for Sports during Covid-19

I appreciate that following the decision to delay the return of fans to sports games we are in a difficult moment for British sports, but I know that the Government is committed to supporting the sector as best it can. I understand you want to see fans return to the stadium, however, in light of…

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Replacement Funding for Welsh Government

I recognise the role European structural funds have played in Wales and I believe the Welsh Government should be properly funded. I am glad that the UK Government has committed to matching current levels of funding for the devolved nations now that we have left the EU. The UK Government has provided just under £4…

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Use of Whips in Horse Racing

Whilst we live some distance from a large race ground, as an agricultural community the people of Ynys Mon are particularly aware of the welfare of all animals, and as an animal lover, I share their concerns. I believe that the irresponsible use of the whip is completely unacceptable. The British Horseracing Association (BHA), the…

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Universal Credit Increase

The Coronavirus outbreak is the biggest public health emergency in a generation and I share your concern about the economic impact it is having on people, especially children, in our constituency.  Like you, I believe it is absolutely essential that the Government provides support to people at this difficult time, especially to ensure that protecting…

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Animal Sentience

As a loving owner of a cocker spaniel, I understand peoples’ concerns regarding animal welfare.  First and foremost, I believe animals are sentient beings who can feel pain and suffering, and I would like to reassure you that strong action is being taken to reduce their risk of harm. The Government is committed to making…

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Ynys Môn MP Empowers Island’s Farming Community

MP for Ynys Môn Virginia Crosbie yesterday hosted a private zoom meeting with Brian Bown, NFU Cymru Anglesey Country Chairman, his team and the Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the Rt Hon George Eustice MP, where they discussed in detail the new Agricultural Bill and how it…

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Agriculture Bill

Agriculture is critical to Ynys Môn.  It always has been.  We are not Môn Mam Cymru without good reason.  The farming community is important to Ynys Môn and it is important to me; many of the farmers here helped me turn the seat blue for the first time in 32 years and I owe them…

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UK Internal Market Bill

The UKIM Bill is a responsible provision of the UK government. It will only challenge international laws and agreements if it is needed to affirm our decision – and assert our sovereign right – to leave the EU. The UKIM Bill is that safety net that allows us to set aside parts of the Withdrawal…

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Combined Sewer Overflows

Thank you for contacting me recently regarding combined sewer overflows. I have received the following response from Mr Steve Wilson, Managing Director for Waste Water Services with Dŵr Cymru.  Thank you for your email regarding the operation of our wastewater assets that discharge in the vicinity of the Benllech, Benllech-St. Davids and Rhosneigr bathing waters in…

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RAF Jobs

A number of constituents have written to me about the proposed job losses at RAF Valley.  There has been a lot of speculation about the future of BAE jobs at RAF Valley. I have spoken to the RAF, MoD Ministerial Team and representatives from Unite to fully understand the position and I want to share…

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Should the UK ban sales of ammunitions to the USA?

Like you, I was incredibly distressed by the footage of what happened to George Floyd in the lead up to his death in police custody. I understand that the police officer involved in the incident has been charged with second-degree murder, and there will be a federal review. I entirely understand the strength of feeling…

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Do you support the Black Lives Matter protests?

Like you, I was sickened at George Floyd’s tragic death.  I share your horror at his treatment by the US Police and recognise that similar injustices are experienced by minority communities across the world.  I fully understand why these injustices have driven people to protest in the UK and globally. Whilst we have taken many…

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Will the Government protect food standards in any future trade deals?

In my many meetings with farmers across Ynys Môn I have heard very clearly how important food standards are to them. I share their feeling. I stood on a manifesto that also echoed the importance of standards and nothing that has happened in Parliament since the General Election has in any way weakened this. I…

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Why did you vote against Agriculture Bill amendments NC1 and NC2?

I know how important farming is to Ynys Môn in terms of its vital contribution to our economy and our communities. Many farming families gave me their support during the General Election and for this I am grateful and appreciative. I have worked hard to repay this trust by supporting the farming community particularly during…

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