Clive Efford MP

Clive Efford - A Strong Voice for Eltham and Plumstead

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Animal_Cruelty_Debate.jpgA bill backed by Clive to toughen up animal cruelty sentences was blocked by the Conservatives in Parliament today.

Clive and a number of Labour MPs attended to support the bill, but Conservative MPs deliberately talked out or 'filibustered' an earlier bill to use up parliamentary time and prevent the animal cruelty bill being debated. The Tory Whips also objected to the bill progressing in the dying seconds of the debate. The Bill will be back on the agenda for Friday 24th March but as it is the last Friday of the session there are dozens of government bills and it's unlikely to be heard.

The bill, presented by Labour MP Anna Turley, would have increased the maximum sentence available for animal cruelty cases in England and Wales from 6 months to five years, in line with Northern Ireland.

The timing of the bill coincided with a recent report published by Battersea Dogs Home entitled “Sentencing for Animal Cruelty in England and Wales” as part of their campaign to increase the maximum custodial sentence for the most serious cases of cruelty from six months to five years.  The report contrasts the six month maximum sentence with those handed out for the crimes of fly tipping and theft, which can receive maximum sentences of five and seven years imprisonment.

Tories block animal cruelty debate

A bill backed by Clive to toughen up animal cruelty sentences was blocked by the Conservatives in Parliament today. Clive and a number of Labour MPs attended to support the bill, but...

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. 

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.  Read more


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 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. Read more

Clive_parliament_school_cuts.jpgClive has condemned massive cuts in local schools' budgets planned by the Government over the next five years.  

Clive condemns massive cuts in school budgets

Clive has condemned massive cuts in local schools' budgets planned by the Government over the next five years.   Read more

may_and_trump.jpgLast Friday, President Trump signed an Executive Order banning Muslims from seven countries from entering the USA.

Clive signs letter to PM condemning Trump policy

Last Friday, President Trump signed an Executive Order banning Muslims from seven countries from entering the USA. Read more

Clive_Efford_MP.JPGClive yesterday attended an event in parliament hosted by Energy UK and Business Debtline – the free advice service run by national debt charity the Money Advice Trust – to hear about some of the issues facing small business owners.

Clive Efford MP urges small businesses in Eltham to seek free advice

Clive yesterday attended an event in parliament hosted by Energy UK and Business Debtline – the free advice service run by national debt charity the Money Advice Trust – to... Read more

At treasury questions today Clive raised the issue of rising household debt with the Chancellor. According to figures from the TUC househould debt hit an all time high of £349bn in the three months to the end of September 2016.

Clive criticises Government complacency over rising levels of household debt

At treasury questions today Clive raised the issue of rising household debt with the Chancellor. According to figures from the TUC househould debt hit an all time high of £349bn... Read more

clive_in_parliament_msk_debate_copy.jpgClive took his campaign against the proposed privatisation of local NHS Musculoskeletal services to Parliament when he led a debate criticizing the proposal and the process by which the contract was awarded to Circle Health.

Clive leads debate ciriticising plans to privatise local Musculoskeletal services

Clive took his campaign against the proposed privatisation of local NHS Musculoskeletal services to Parliament when he led a debate criticizing the proposal and the process by which the contract... Read more

eltham_station_new_year_2017.jpgClive joined commuters at Eltham Station on Tuesday as part of a national protest at the latest price hike in rail fares and campaign to bring our railways back into public ownership.

Clive calls for railways to be brought back into public ownership

Clive joined commuters at Eltham Station on Tuesday as part of a national protest at the latest price hike in rail fares and campaign to bring our railways back into... Read more

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