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Asylum for torture survivors

Granting protection to those who genuinely need it and refusing those who do not, in as efficient, sensitive and effective a way as possible, is crucial. I have been assured that all members of staff who make asylum decisions receive a comprehensive level of training. This includes a dedicated five-week Foundation Training Programme that features
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Ivory trade

I am very concerned about the effect of illegal poaching and ivory trafficking on the long-term prospects for the survival of the elephant, and I know that my ministerial colleagues share this concern. Just how seriously the Government takes this issue was demonstrated when it held the London Conference on Wildlife Trafficking. Over 40 countries
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EU citizens in the UK

It goes without saying that EU nationals make an invaluable contribution to our economy, our society and our daily lives, especially in our constituency of Boston and Skegness. There will be no immediate change to their status in the UK. The discussions that the Government has with the European Union to agree the arrangements for
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HEALTH SECRETARY COMMITS TO IMPROVING LINCOLNSHIRE’S AMBULANCE SERVICE

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP has committed in the Commons to look into the performance of the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), after Matt Warman MP and other Lincolnshire MPs raised serious concerns in Parliament. Citing waiting times for ambulances to arrive and the fact that police officers have had to step in to assist
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Fur trade

I support the highest standards of animal welfare so I am pleased to note that the importation of fur products is already tightly regulated. It is currently illegal to import furs derived from cats or dogs, or products made from them; in addition the fur and skin of endangered animals or fish cannot be imported without a
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Further Education

Further education is key to ensuring our workforce is equipped with the skills our economy needs, and I very much support the excellent work of Boston College in our area. The Government wants employers to take a leading role in establishing a post-16 skills system that is responsive to local economic priorities, financially resilient and
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Mobile spectrum

I certainly agree that we need to do all we can to ensure that those in our constituency, and indeed across the country, have high quality mobile signal and decent coverage, from a range of operators. As part of a debate I’ll be leading on the universal service obligation, it’s an issue I shall be
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Breeding and sale of kittens

Britain is a nation of animal lovers and it is vital that we maintain the highest standards of animal welfare. Ministers are serious about improving welfare in breeding establishments and at the point of sale, so are reviewing the laws that regulate dog breeding and pet sales, including of cats. One proposal would apply specific
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Violence against women and girls

Ending the global scandal of VAWG is a top priority for the Department for International Development (DFID). I am proud of the leadership that the UK has shown on tackling VAWG globally: in the past five years, DFID has nearly doubled its programming to address this issue in humanitarian contexts and now has 127 programmes
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Support for people with Multiple Sclerosis

Improving opportunities for people with health conditions and disabilities, including people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis (MS), is a key priority for the Government. The aim of the Green Paper on work, health and disability which the Government has announced is to explore ways to help more people with long term conditions reap the benefits of work
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Childhood obesity

With nearly a third of children aged two to fifteen overweight or obese, this is an important issue to tackle, and one which I have personally raised in Parliament. It is an issue that afflicts a disproportionate number of local children. I am delighted that the Government has launched a far-reaching plan to curb childhood
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