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EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

This agreement does not carry the risks that some have suggested. Underlying the Agreement is the opportunity to add £1.3 billion to our economy every year, expand exports to Canada by almost a third and create thousands of new British jobs, with further benefits across the EU and Canada. CETA will tackle a range of
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Food waste

This issue is particularly important in our local area, where many of our farmers supply supermarkets, and I have no doubt that they would not want to see their produce go to waste. It is also welcome news that Ministers have backed several rounds of the Courtauld Commitment, a voluntary agreement to limit waste, which
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UK death penalty strategy

I  understand the concern, and can assure that the UK Government is opposed to the use of the death penalty under any circumstances as a matter of principle. It undermines human dignity, there is no evidence that it works as a deterrent and any miscarriage of justice in capital cases is irreversible and irreparable. This is
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Heart disease

I understand that many people suffer from cardiovascular diseases such as Coronary Heart Disease, atrial fibrillation and strokes. A combination of all three contributed to my own father’s death, and as a doctor my wife sees the ongoing consequences of such conditions almost every day. I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute
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Neonicotinoids and bees

Unfortunately I was unable to attend the debate on this issue , but I entirely agree that bees and other pollinators play a vital role in the security of our food supply and the quality of our natural environment. This is especially important in our local area, where much food production takes place. I welcome
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Religious freedom

I  appreciate the concerns of constituents about the recent rising tide of persecution of Christians, and indeed other religions.  I can assure you all that the Government will continue to work hard to promote freedom of religion or belief across the world. Multilateral organisations are a vital avenue for pursuing progress on what is an
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Polio

I am pleased that the UK is fully committed to the global eradication of polio. I know that the Secretary of State for International Development makes the most of opportunities to raise awareness of polio eradication efforts and, wherever appropriate, discusses polio with her international counterparts. For example, last year the Secretary of State made
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Military action in Syria

A number of constituents have got in touch with me to share their views on whether the UK should take part in military action against ISIL in Syria. The scenes we are seeing across the Middle East are very worrying indeed and I think it is important that we keep our options open with this
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Funding for cycling

The case for cycling as the natural choice for shorter journeys is strong, and the resulting benefits are wide reaching – to the economy, to the environment, and to the health of individuals and communities. I know that the Government is committed to giving people a realistic choice to cycle, so that anyone, of any
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Paris climate change conference

Climate change is certainly one of the biggest threats, not just to the environment, but to our economic and global security. I am pleased that the UK is taking a leading role on the world stage, working towards a binding global deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit climate change to manageable levels. 2015
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Water and sanitation

I certainly agree that access to clean and safe water, sanitation and hygiene are among the most basic of human needs. Providing access to clean drinking water and effective sanitation is vital for improving people’s health and will give them the opportunity to work, which in turn will drive economic growth, helping countries become self-sufficient.
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