John Spellar

Labour MP for Warley

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Black Country MP John Spellar called on the Government to press ahead with expanding Heathrow Airport, saying that there had “never been a clearer political consensus on such a large industrial issue.”

He noted that, “expanding Heathrow enjoys the support of both the business community and trade unions” and that “over 30 Chambers of Commerce have expressed their support for the expansion of Heathrow, including Birmingham and the Black Country.”

In a submission to a consultation following the publication of the second draft of the National Policy Statement on a new runway at Heathrow, Mr Spellar blasted the Governments dithering and delaying regarding the decision, pointing out that, as transport minister he played a considerable role in drawing up the White Paper which recommended expanding Heathrow Airport - in 2003.

He further added that: “In the post-Brexit environment, it is even more essential to ensure that secure, well-paid jobs are available to hard-working British people as well as signalling to the world that Britain is open for business.”

John Spellar MP calls on Government to “finally” get on with Heathrow expansion

Black Country MP John Spellar called on the Government to press ahead with expanding Heathrow Airport, saying that there had “never been a clearer political consensus on such a large...

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  • John Spellar MP attended the RSPCA’s Farmers Market in the House of Commons this week to promote the importance of retaining high animal welfare standards as the UK leaves the EU.

 

  • John Spellar MP will continue to work closely with the RSPCA, ensuring not just the highest ethical standards but also the strongest possible business position for British agriculture.

John Spellar MP met with farmers and food producers in the House of Commons this week, all of whom are committed to the highest level of animal welfare via the RSPCA Assured accreditation scheme.

At a pop-up Farmers’ Market in the House of Commons, hosted by the RSPCA, John Spellar MP heard directly from those in the industry about the importance of maintaining high environmental and animal welfare standards as the UK leaves the EU. Over twenty years, RSPCA Assured has accredited 700 million animals under the scheme, proving that high welfare practices lead to business success.

British farms and the quality of food produced will be central to a successful Brexit – meaning that a vibrant, humane, and sustainable farming sector will be crucial. Leaving the EU presents a valuable opportunity for the UK to compete at the top end of the market by producing the world’s best food to the highest ethical standards.

At the event, John Spellar MP pledged their support for the RSPCA’s vision for post-Brexit farming and is looking forward to working closely with the charity over the coming year.

John Spellar MP said:

“As we leave the European Union, there are opportunities for us to go further and improve the animal welfare standards that we have in place for the agriculture sector. However, it’s incredibly important that existing standards aren’t watered down. I’m looking forward to working with the RSPCA to ensure that animal welfare remains at the heart of our farming system as we leave the EU.”

David Bowles, Head of Public Affairs at the RSPCA, said:

“Our half a million supporters want a Brexit that delivers for farm animals. Equally, farmers and producers on our RSPCA Assured scheme recognise that business success can be amplified by using enhanced animal welfare practices. A better future for British farm animals is a better future for farming business.”

John Spellar MP stands with the RSPCA on commitment to post-Brexit animal welfare

A recent report by Westminster’s Justice Select Committee called for rules governing the disclosure of childhood criminal records to be relaxed.

According to the report, violent offences committed under the age of 18 should not always be automatically flagged up in checks, because this prevents youngsters from moving on from their past and “creates barriers to rehabilitation”.

The report was welcomed by John Spellar MP who said:

“I have been campaigning for a very long time against the automatic production of criminal records.  Very often this means that offences and stupidities committed when people are young and foolish blights their lives.  Not only is this particularly unfair on them it’s enormously economically inefficient for the country.”

“I hope that the report is taken seriously by ministers, so that we can properly protect people against those who could commit harm, but enable thousands of others to properly provide for themselves and their families. Stupid actions committed by people when young should not blight the rest of their lives”.

John Spellar MP welcomes Justice Committee report on childhood criminal records

A recent report by Westminster’s Justice Select Committee called for rules governing the disclosure of childhood criminal records to be relaxed. According to the report, violent offences committed under the...


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