Gareth Snell MP

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

News from Stoke on Trent Central

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...

Well, after 64 matches the World Cup is now over and congratulations to the winners France. It's been a fantastic tournament that has surpassed all expectations.

Gareth Southgate and his players deserve a huge amount of credit for reaching the Semi-Final of the World Cup and re-establishing the connection between the public and our national football team off the field.

Let's hope this it the beginning of something special.

World Cup 2018

Well, after 64 matches the World Cup is now over and congratulations to the winners France. It's been a fantastic tournament that has surpassed all expectations. Gareth Southgate and his...

Delighted to support this bill put forward by my colleague Ruth Smeeth MP. It's more important than ever to ensure that consumers have the confidence to be able to support our local manufacturers when buying pottery.

Country of Origin Backstamps on Pottery Bill

Delighted to support this bill put forward by my colleague Ruth Smeeth MP. It's more important than ever to ensure that consumers have the confidence to be able to support...

Let's see if the new Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock will be more willing to listen to local constituents and campaigners than his predecessor. The Sentinel has articulately covered many of the areas of concern many of us have about our local NHS services.

I look forward to Mr Hancock taking up the offer to visit Stoke-on-Trent and see what incredible and unnecessary stress our NHS is under because of the misguided actions of his government.

Sentinel Invites Health Secretary to visit Potteries

Let's see if the new Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock will be more willing to listen to local constituents and campaigners than his predecessor. The Sentinel has articulately...

Yesterday I spoke in the House of Commons about Brexit. It's a rather long speech, but covers my concerns about political posturing on both sides pushing us towards a 'no deal' scenario. In the last few months the debate has focused on process rather than policy. Personality and personal ambition rather than the prospects of constituents and businesses like those found in Stoke-on-Trent.

Next week we will debate bills that are crucial for our future trading relationships and thus the future of jobs and manufacturing. It's time those in government listened to the concerns of those such as the ceramic industry and adopted robust remedies to ensure a future level playing field on trade.

Brexit No Deal

Yesterday I spoke in the House of Commons about Brexit. It's a rather long speech, but covers my concerns about political posturing on both sides pushing us towards a 'no...

I've signed Early Day Motion 1449 on the Justice Committee's report on Probation Reform. It's clear from the report that the government's decision to privatise parts of the probation system which had been an award-winning service has created what can now only be described as a mess.

The government should now begin the work of bringing the service back into the public sector and reversing the damage it has caused.

You can find the details of the EDM by following this link: https://www.parliament.uk/edm/2017-19/1449

Alternatively, you can read the text of the EDM below: 
"That this House welcomes the recent Justice Committee report on the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms; notes the Committee remains unconvinced that these reforms can ever deliver an effective or viable probation service; expresses concern that staff morale is at an all-time low, according to the report, with the Committee chair describing the probation system as a mess; believes that part-privatising the award-winning probation service in 2015, with a focus on payment by results, was a risky and expensive mistake; and calls on the Government to consult with staff unions including Napo and Unison on how to bring the whole probation service back into the public sector."

EDM 1449: Justice Committee Probation Reform Report

I've signed Early Day Motion 1449 on the Justice Committee's report on Probation Reform. It's clear from the report that the government's decision to privatise parts of the probation system...

The chaos that had engulfed the government today further puts British manufacturers at risk.

It's just one week until the crucial third reading of the Customs Bill and Trade Bill.

Both need amending to ensure #RobustRemedies for manufacturers.

The government must act to protect the interests of British industry and jobs.

Robust Remedies

The chaos that had engulfed the government today further puts British manufacturers at risk. It's just one week until the crucial third reading of the Customs Bill and Trade Bill....

"The unpredictability of life means that at any time anyone can become a patient, whether in a life-threatening manner or having cactus spines removed from your foot.

Yet at no stage does the doctor or nurse ask you for a credit card or about your ability to pay.

There is no credit check, no awkward explanation about why you missed a couple of payments or any instant payment to make.

On July 5th we marked 70 years since our NHS started to treat people based on their need rather than their ability to pay.

In Britain we are proud of our nation’s collective decision – in the ashes of war and sacrifice – to create a system of care from cradle to grave".

I've written an article on NHS funding for my personally speaking column in the Sentinel. You can read it by clicking this link.

Personally Speaking: 'We Must Find Cure for Underfunding of NHS'

"The unpredictability of life means that at any time anyone can become a patient, whether in a life-threatening manner or having cactus spines removed from your foot. Yet at no...

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