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IMG_1652_-_Copy_(2).JPGThe Horn Park community braved the rain and wind to come together to demand that the Source medical centre be reopened at a public meeting organised by Clive Efford.

Over 70 residents crammed into the Horn Park Community Centre to tell the local health commissioners how the Estate had been devastated by the closure of the nurse-led medial centre in Sibthorpe Road.   The residents explained how difficult it was for the elderly, the disabled and young families to access health services since the Source’s closure in 2016.

Members of the Greenwich CCG – the body that took the decision to close the Source due to Government cuts – were at the meeting and heard first-hand about how residents routinely had to wait up to four weeks just to get an appointment with their GP.  There is no GP on the Estate, so people must make long journeys just to get to a doctor.

Speaking after the meeting Clive said: “I was delighted that so many people turned up despite the bad weather.  They put their case with great passion directly to the CCG about how badly treated this community has been when it comes to accessible health services.  The Source was a wonderful facility that allowed people to drop in, receive treatment, advice and reassurance.  The CCG made all sorts of promises about home care and GP waiting times when they closed the Source.  It is clear from what the residents said that these promises have not been met.  I will keep campaigning to ensure that the views of this community are heard.”

Standing room only as local residents demand reopening of the Source

The Horn Park community braved the rain and wind to come together to demand that the Source medical centre be reopened at a public meeting organised by Clive Efford.

Clive_Efford_stop_illegal_hunting.jpgIn Parliament this week, Clive has been showing his support for strengthening the 2004 Hunting Act. 

Fourteen years after the introduction of the Hunting Act, a key accomplishment of the last Labour government, the Labour Party is campaigning for the eradication of loopholes, such as ‘trail hunting’.  Trail hunting has arisen since the ban on hunting was introduced, and is an entirely different practice to drag hunting, which is a traditional and legitimate pursuit that does not use animal scent or involve the killing or chasing of wild animals.

To address some of the loopholes currently open to exploitation, Labour announced last Boxing Day that in government they would consult on bringing forward the following amendments to the Hunting Act 2004:

1. Review sentencing to ensure effective deterrence includes the use of custodial sentences in line with other wildlife crimes.

2. Strengthening the criteria on which research licenses are issued.

3. The removal of the exemption “Use of dogs below ground to protect birds for shooting”, as it risks fights between dogs and wild mammals.

4. The introduction of a ‘recklessness clause’ to prevent trail hunting from being used as a cover for the illegal hunting of live wild animals.

A recent poll by Survation found that only 16% of those living in rural areas believe hunting with dogs is a reflection of countryside values, while 67% do not.  It also showed that a mere 4% of people living in the countryside ever take part in hunting with hounds.  In contrast, 91% said they thought observing nature was a greater reflection of countryside values.

Clive said: “Animal welfare is something my constituents feel very strongly. On the 14th anniversary of the introduction of Labour’s Hunting Act, we must look again to ensure that any loopholes currently open to exploitation through newly developed practices are closed.  The next Labour Government will be committed not just to maintaining the hunting ban, but to strengthening it.”

Clive calls for strengthening of hunting ban

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