An urgent question was granted today on our ability to share research and provide treatments for rare diseases. I used my question to press upon the minister if we would still be part of a European wide institute designed for tackling rare diseases following a Brexit on 31 October 2019. The UK is a member of this organisation, which is backed by €1,000,000.
I’m sad to say that the minister could not guarantee we would retain our access to this vital fund and service. Instead stating that any future agreement would decide our access. I cannot see why the UK Government would want to see us lose access to this important organisation that tackles some of the most horrific diseases.
It was announced over the weekend that the UK Government has declared that Whirlpool must recall all their faulty tumble dryers after they were found to have been the cause of a number of fires.
The Government is working off estimates that there are 500,000 unmodified and faulty machines in the UK. That equates to roughly 700 units in Delyn. I wanted to know how the UK Government was going to contact everyone who owned one of these machines and how they would be kept safe.
The Minister stated that anyone with a faulty machine should unplug it now and stop using it. She went on to note that Whirlpool is responsible for the recall and that anyone who buys electrical items should register it with the manufacturer to ensure that it can be recalled in events such as this.
Although I welcome the decision to recall these dangerous appliances the UK Government seem to be placing a lot of onus on consumers when they have done nothing wrong. I hope that following this Urgent Question they will listen to what concerned MPs have said and take swift action.
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The rising in violent crime in North Wales should concern us all. It is happening under a backdrop of cuts to our policing budgets and the number of police officers on our streets.
This week, Labour secured an Urgent Question on the rise in violent crime following the devastating deaths on the streets of London. We are struggling with similar problems in North East Wales as County Lines have spread from Liverpool to Cheshire and Flintshire. The only way to tackle this in the long-term is through Neighbourhood Policing.
I pointed out to the Minister that even her own boss, the Home Secretary, has said that he wants to recruit 20,000 more police officers if he becomes Prime Minister. That happens to be the number of police officers cut since I was Policing Minister for Labour in 2009-10. Cuts that I said at the time would have dire consequences.
The Minister tried to sing the praises of the additional 3,000 officers. It doesn’t take complex mathematics to figure out that still means we have 17,000 officers fewer than 2009-10. She then mentioned that I voted down the Policing Grant last year. This is true. But what the Minister did not mention was this is due to the fact that it was still a cut from previous budgets.
The Government need to listen to communities and police officers. We need more police and we need them now.
The tragic murder of journalist and human rights campaigner Lyra McKee last week in Derry/Londonderry is a dreadful reminder of the fragility of peace in Northern Ireland.
An Urgent Question was granted on Tuesday for MPs to ensure that all is being done by the UK Government to tackle terrorist activity in Northern Ireland.
I asked the Secretary of State how the Government will ensure that the New Irish Republican Army (NIRA), which is a proscribed terrorist organisation will be tackled head on. We need to be clear that being a member, supporting the work of, or promoting their heinous activities is a terrorist offence.
We have tragically lost the life of a promising young talent. Lyra has said in her previous work that she is a child of the peace process. We cannot go back to the dark days of the Troubles. We need to get all parties back around the table and for the power sharing agreement to be restored in Stormont.