The Prime Minister came to the Commons at the end of the week to present his new negotiating position with the EU to MPs.
I wanted to delve into the detail of his proposals because they deeply concern me over the impact on businesses and stability on the island of Ireland. Within paragraph nine of his proposals, the UK Government say that traders moving goods between Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain would need to implement a new system of checks. Not only would this place new costs on businesses moving goods and services between mainland Britain and Northern Ireland, but it would also introduce infrastructure on the island of Ireland.
We have gone from a situation where there would be one border on the island of Ireland under the former Prime Minister, Theresa May MP’s, deal to two in this.
Additional borders cost money, and in the case of Northern Ireland erect barriers between communities. This is dangerous.
The Prime Minister offered a meeting and I will happily take him up on that offer.
I asked the Minister what action the UK Government would take to ensure that those who spew bile online behind anonymous accounts can be held to account for their words.
The NSPCC tells us that 1 in 8 children have been bullied online and these extends to adulthood. We should be promoting a safe online environment for everyone. People can set up Twitter accounts within minutes without any need to verify who they are.
I agree with the Minister that safeguards need to be put in place that protect those who are whistleblowing, but we should not allow social media to become infected with the disease of bullying, harassment and libel.
Today, I joined with Mostyn residents for their Macmillan coffee morning to raise money to fund support for people with cancer.
People from all over the UK host their own coffee mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. This year’s official coffee morning was 27 September 2019, but people are encouraged to hold a coffee morning on any day that suits them.
In 2018 people raised an incredible £26,914,382 for Macmillan and it is hoped that this year will top that figure.
The first ever coffee morning was held in 1990. Since then Macmillan coffee mornings have raised over £200 million. Read more “Mostyn Macmillan Coffee Morning 2019”
I joined the Guide Dogs charity to hear about this year’s campaign and to pledge his support for their Safer Streets campaign.
This campaign is designed to raise awareness that our streets are shared spaces and that we need to ensure that they are accessible to all.
When cars are parked on pavements, people with a vision impairment may have to risk their lives by walking into the road just to get by them. This is an issue that also impacts parents with prams, wheelchair users, older people and many others. Read more “Supporting Guide Dogs charity at Labour conference”