Issues

Conserving our natural environment has always been a major concern of mine and during my time as the Environment Secretary in the last Labour government, I established the South Downs National Park, set up the Lawton Review, helped to put the Climate Change and Marine and Coastal Access Acts on the statute book, undertook a comprehensive look at the health of England’s ecosystems, and produced the Food 2030 strategy which stressed why domestic agriculture is so important for jobs, the economy, and the shape the character of our landscape and countryside. I decided against a badger cull and it is clear that the cull the current government instituted has failed. I also voted in favour of the ban on hunting with hounds.

Protecting the Environment

Conserving our natural environment has always been a major concern of mine and during my time as the Environment Secretary in the last Labour government, I established the South Downs National... Read more

The Coalition Government’s decision to speed up the increase in the women’s state pension age has had a devastating impact on many women who were born in the 1950s, some of whom now face real hardship.

WASPI Campaign

The Coalition Government’s decision to speed up the increase in the women’s state pension age has had a devastating impact on many women who were born in the 1950s, some of... Read more

 

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Hilary with his award for Parliamentarian of the Year from League Against Cruel Sports, 2011

 

Thanks all of you who have written to me about animal welfare. As a vegetarian of over 40 years, I'm a very strong supporter of action to protect our creatures great and small.

This year marks the 13th anniversary of Labour's hunting ban which I voted for and strongly support. I simply cannot understand why the Tories want to bring fox hunting back as animal cruelty is still animal cruelty. I will vote against any attempt to repeal the ban.

Animal Welfare

  Hilary with his award for Parliamentarian of the Year from League Against Cruel Sports, 2011   Thanks all of you who have written to me about animal welfare. As a... Read more

Many people have written to me with their concerns about community pubs and the difficulties that local pubs are currently facing, and the related CAMRA campaign.

Pledge for Pubs

Many people have written to me with their concerns about community pubs and the difficulties that local pubs are currently facing, and the related CAMRA campaign. Read more

I’m proud that it was the last Labour Government that put the Human Rights Act on the statute book and we now need to defend it against the Tories’ plan to replace it.

I’m also committed to advancing the cause of human rights around the globe.

Human Rights

I’m proud that it was the last Labour Government that put the Human Rights Act on the statute book and we now need to defend it against the Tories’ plan... Read more

Many constituents have contacted me about the horror of Aleppo.

What we have all seen going on there has been unspeakable and it is to our shame as a world that we have been unable to prevent it. The Russian and Syrian governments have attacked hospitals and civilians, and in effect besieged eastern Aleppo by refusing to allow aid in.

Aleppo

Many constituents have contacted me about the horror of Aleppo. What we have all seen going on there has been unspeakable and it is to our shame as a world... Read more

Although I campaigned hard to remain in the European Union, I respect the outcome of the referendum. The UK will therefore now be leaving the EU and the triggering of Article 50 is required to start the process. The recent court ruling was important, but it does not change the outcome of the referendum. What the court said was that the Government cannot initiate Article 50 using what is known as the Royal prerogative power; instead this must be a decision for Parliament. The Government is currently appealing but if it is unsuccessful, then I expect that they will come forward with legislation to trigger Article 50, which I will support.

Brexit and the Article 50 court ruling

Although I campaigned hard to remain in the European Union, I respect the outcome of the referendum. The UK will therefore now be leaving the EU and the triggering of... Read more

I campaigned strongly for us to remain in the EU, but we lost the referendum and therefore have to respect the outcome. The task now is to work towards securing the best deal for Britain.

My Brexit red lines

I campaigned strongly for us to remain in the EU, but we lost the referendum and therefore have to respect the outcome. The task now is to work towards securing... Read more

Like many who have contacted me recently, I value our National Health Service; it’s one of our great national institutions and forms part of the essential fabric of our society, there for us all when we need it.

NHS funding

Like many who have contacted me recently, I value our National Health Service; it’s one of our great national institutions and forms part of the essential fabric of our society,... Read more

It is deeply concerning that homelessness and rough sleeping have both risen sharply since 2010.  While homelessness fell by 62% under the previous Labour government (1998 to 2010), the number of families accepted as homeless has risen by a third since 2010, and recorded rough sleeping has doubled in the last six years and has risen by 30% in the last year alone.

Homelessness

It is deeply concerning that homelessness and rough sleeping have both risen sharply since 2010.  While homelessness fell by 62% under the previous Labour government (1998 to 2010), the number... Read more

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