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Clive_Efford.jpgClive Efford MP has joined the RSPCA, the BVA, and a range of other welfare organisations, in calling for a ban on the sale of primates as domestic pets. Fifteen European countries have already introduced bans on keeping primates as pets, for either all or some species.

An estimated 5,000 primates are currently believed to be confined in wholly unsuitable conditions in UK homes. These highly intelligent mammals have been shown to disproportionally suffer in domestic environments, causing unnecessary suffering for both the animals involved and owners.

Public support also remains high for a total ban, with a recent YouGov survey finding that 75 per cent of the public would favour such a policy.

Speaking after attending a reception hosted by RSPCA to highlight the issue, Clive said:

“I’m proud to support the RSPCA and other animal welfare organisations in bringing an end to the sale of primates as pets. I encourage all constituents to think again if they are considering purchasing such an animal as a pet, and I call on the Government to introduce legislation for a complete ban on the trade of primates.”

Clive will continue to work closely with the RSPCA to campaign for legislation to protect primates.

To add your name to the petition or to find out more about the campaign, visit www.protectprimates.org

 

Clive calls on Government to ban the sale of primates as pets

Clive Efford MP has joined the RSPCA, the BVA, and a range of other welfare organisations, in calling for a ban on the sale of primates as domestic pets. Fifteen...

CE_for_postcard.jpgClive has condemned the Government for refusing to allow any amendments to give Parliament a key role in monitoring Brexit negotiations. 

 In his recent speech to Parliament during the Article 50 debate he made it clear that the UK Parliament must be given sovereignty over the Brexit process.  Clive supported the Bill at it is second reading but when it became clear that the Prime Minster had rejected all of the amendments put forward to give Parliament the key role in monitoring the Government’s negotiations, he refused to support the bill at its third reading.

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Government fails to give Parliament sovereignty over Brexit

Clive has condemned the Government for refusing to allow any amendments to give Parliament a key role in monitoring Brexit negotiations. 


clive_in_article_50_debate_parliament_cropped.pngIn a passionate speech in today’s debate today Clive Efford demanded that the Government ensure that Parliament was given a central role in scrutinising the Brexit process.

Clive explained that he would he would reluctantly vote for the motion triggering Article 50 because as a democratically elected MP he could not ignore the result of the referendum.  “We can’t say to the public we know better” he said.

He told MPs that it was “folly” to assume, as leave campaigners do, that the UK can just fall out of the EU and rely on World Trade Organisations trading terms without the economy suffering.  

He asked "What is going to happen with those countries who have vested interests, like Spain, who might want to use this vulnerability of the UK to open up negotiations about Gibraltar? Would Argentina start to challenge agreements with the UK to open up negotiations about the future of the Falklands Islands?"

He criticised the performance of the Government – and Boris Johnson in particular – since the referendum “The Government has clearly shown that it is not to be trusted with these negotiations without oversight from the House of Commons.”  That is why it is vital that Parliament has the key role in scrutinising these negotiations “MPs have a duty to scrutinise this process and the Government should not stand in the way of democratic accountability” he said.

To see a video of Clive’s speech click here.  To see a written transcript click here.

Clive demands that Parliament has say over Brexit

In a passionate speech in today’s debate today Clive Efford demanded that the Government ensure that Parliament was given a central role in scrutinising the Brexit process.


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