I pressed the UK Government for a statement on Japanese whaling and what they are doing to raise our condemnation at the restarting of such a horrific activity.
The Prime Minister is meeting with the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, and I wanted assurances from the Leader of the House of Commons that the UK Government will tell the Japanese delegation that we want all whaling to stop.
All whaling in the world is overseen by the International Whaling Commission (IWC). It is an inter-governmental organisation whose purpose is the conservation of whales and the management of whaling. The legal framework of the IWC is the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling. This Convention was established in 1946, making it one of the first pieces of international environmental legislation.
Some nations have continued to undertake whaling despite pleas from the international community to stop. This includes Japan who recently resumed whaling for ‘scientific research’.
The act of whaling should be consigned to the history books. It is clearly wrong to hunt down these magnificent, and endangered, animals. This week our Prime Minister has the perfect opportunity to raise our nations deep concerns that Japan has resumed whaling when she meets the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.
I asked for the UK Government to give time in the Commons so that MPs could be updated on what action they are doing to bring an end to this ecologically harmful act. We must do all we can to ensure that we leave the planet in a better state for the next generation and this can only be done through protection of species and their habitats.
The International Whaling Commission is one of the oldest environmental protection agencies in the world and it is our duty to ensure that they are listened to when they say whaling should end.
I have pressed the minister for Transport in Parliament this week to call for investment in accessibility at Flint railway station.
Currently, Network Rail are undertaking a review of train stations across the network to ensure that stations with poor levels of accessibility are improved. This is part of the UK Government Inclusive Transport Strategy announced 25 July 2018 which released up to £300m of funding to complete the programme.
I contacted Network Rail to support a bid in for funding to improve Flint station as currently the only way to get from the car park to the eastbound platform is to either cross one of two footbridges, neither of which have ramp access, or to walk under the railway line and up Corporation Street.
Nominations are now being considered and it is hoped that Flint will be one of the stations that will gain investment.
Flint is an important railway station for our community. We have seen a great deal of investment in the number of journeys that can be undertaken from it after years of campaigning from myself and local pressure groups. The last piece of the jigsaw puzzle is for the station to get much needed investment.
Our public transport system should be accessible to all and currently Flint station is falling far short of where I, and many passengers, would like to see it. The distance between the car park and the southside platform is too long without use of the footbridges and we need investment to improve this now.
I welcomed the minister’s response in the Commons and hope that we can keep up pressure and get the investment our station deserves.
Not only has the UK Government given a contract to a ferry company that owns no boats and its terms and conditions were copied and pasted from a fast food takeaway, but it has become clear that the owner of this business owes money to HMRC.
I asked the Transport Secretary if he could confirm that the director of this company owes us, the taxpayer, £580,000 and what due diligence he took to ensure that we don’t give contracts for government business to companies who do not pay their taxes.
The Transport Secretary decided to keep quiet. This is appalling. The Government is being farcical and putting our economy at risk because they are not undertaking basic background checks.
The Home Secretary came to the House on Monday to explain what action he had been taking when people we found to be trying to enter the UK through small boats in the English Channel.
I wanted the Home Secretary to tell us how leaving important security measures, such as SIS 2 – a monitoring service we are a member of by being in the EU – will benefit us. It was no surprise that the Home Secretary completely ignored this point and decided to give information on arrests at home.
Modern Slavery is growing around the world and if we do not work with our friends and allies we will be unable to free people from traffickers and the horrors of a life in slavery. The Government must rethink their plans if they don’t they will put people at risk.