Gareth Snell MP

Labour and Co-operative MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central

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There are lots of great pubs in our city, but I need your help deciding which pub in Stoke-on-Trent Central should be nominated as Parliamentary Pub of the Year.

The entry requirements are quite simple; The main criteria for nomination is that the pub is 'Great at What They Do', whether that's live entertainment, amazing food, or an impressive range of beers on offer.

Comment on my Facebook post with your suggestions, and in a few weeks I will run a poll on Facebook, giving you the opportunity to vote for your favourite pub!

Parliamentary Pub of the Year

There are lots of great pubs in our city, but I need your help deciding which pub in Stoke-on-Trent Central should be nominated as Parliamentary Pub of the Year. The...

I have been contacted by several constituents asking for my opinion on the petition debate held yesterday on rejecting calls to have Staffordshire Bull Terriers added to the list of banned breeds under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Unfortunately I was unable to attend the debate due to parliamentary commitments, but I was pleased to hear my fellow Staffordshire colleagues speak in favour of keeping Staffies out of the legislation; the RSPCA has stated that breed is not an appropriate criterion to assess a dog’s risk to people. The British Royal Veterinary are also opposed to any legislation that singles out particular breeds of dogs.

It is clear that animal welfare experts are of the opinion that there would be no benefit in adding this breed to the Act, and I am pleased that the Government has released a statement confirming that it has no intention to prohibit the keeping of Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

If you wish to read the full debate, you can do so via this link: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2018-07-16/debates/51B3E06E-CDFE-45DD-BD6B-D9B304DA4298/DangerousDogsActStaffordshireBullTerriers

Petition Debate on Staffordshire Bull Terriers

I have been contacted by several constituents asking for my opinion on the petition debate held yesterday on rejecting calls to have Staffordshire Bull Terriers added to the list of...

I certainly understand the appeal of using Chinese Lanterns at events, but the risk they pose to livestock, crops, and the environment is clear. Fire and Rescue services across the country are opposed to the mass release of these lanterns simply due to the fire hazard they pose, given the complete lack of control there is over their flight path.

While many event organisers and UK companies have respected the voluntary code on their use, some companies such as the US company Viive Events have disregarded this. This can often result in local councils, fire services and police being faced with expensive court battles to try and prevent dangerous events from going ahead at a time where money is tight.

For that reason, I've signed Early Day Motion 1507, which calls for a ban on the use of flame-powered Chinese Lanterns. You can read the motion in full here: https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/business-papers/commons/early-day-motions/edm-detail1/?edmnumber=1507&session=2017-19

EDM 1507: Flame-Powered Sky Lanterns

I certainly understand the appeal of using Chinese Lanterns at events, but the risk they pose to livestock, crops, and the environment is clear. Fire and Rescue services across the...


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