To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to reduce harmful fishing practices including the release of off-cuts of rope from nets into the ocean.
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to keep the global temperature at less than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the disposal of sewerage from leisure boats into the ocean.
Opposition day debates, a rarity in the current climate of long-running complex Brexit discussions, allow parties other than that of the government to choose the topics that feature on the order paper
Today’s debate area, chosen by Labour, was local government and social care funding.
Following the debate, Stephen Morgan MP has said:
“Local councils are on the front-line of government, delivering the services that form the beating hearts of our communities.
The fact that local government has severely suffered as a result of nine years of Tory and Lib Dem austerity and cuts is highly worrying. Research by the LGA has found that local government will face an almost £8 billion funding gap by 2025, this is not good for cities like Portsmouth.
This is something that needs to be at the forefront of discussion in Parliament.”
Today drew attention to the government’s recent strategy of shifting the financial burden to council taxpayers and the subsequent postcode lottery that this creates.
The city MP added:
“It is unacceptable that some in this country have to endure variations in quality of public services based solely on their geographical location. We need to see consistent, across the board services that are equal for everyone in this nation.
Not only is this current system based on luck, it disproportionately affects those in our poorest communities again meaning that city’s like one I grew up in, Portsmouth, bear the brunt of government errors.”
Portsmouth City Council has been far from exempt in terms of local authority cuts with local services we all rely on slashed by 48 percent since 2011, equating to £73m.
The debate was not only an opportunity for MPs from across the House to draw attention to the Government’s poor form when it comes to local authority funding, it also provided the Shadow Secretary of State with the opportunity to lay out Labour’s plan to invest in councils and public services.
On this, Stephen Morgan MP said:
“I am committed to standing up for local communities. Hearing the Shadow Secretary of State today pledge to deliver fair and adequate funding for local councils, as well as deliver real and meaningful devolution to our communities is reassuring for cities like Portsmouth”.
Stephen Morgan MP, Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, has been lobbying the Government in an attempt to get specific funding allocated to D-Day 75.
On today’s news Mr Trump is set to visit Portsmouth the MP said: “I have been lobbying the government and writing to the Prime Minister urging her to support Portsmouth in making the best of the commemorations for our veterans. I find it deeply saddening that the Government can’t find money for our brave veterans, but it can find money to give Mr. Trump a state ceremony.”
On the city’s D-Day Commemorations, Mr. Morgan has said:
“Our city should rightly be proud to be the national focal point for the D-Day 75 commemorations this June. The world’s attention will be on Portsmouth.
International and local community events in Portsmouth should be for those who fought for our nation in order to achieve world peace.
This will be an important opportunity for the city to mark its vital role in helping to launch the D-Day landings at such a pivotal point in time where the events of 1944 are passing from living memory into history, which is why I have been lobbying the Government for funding support for Portsmouth.
The commemorations also provide an opportunity to show Portsmouth as a place that helps foster a legacy of remembrance, reflection and reconciliation.
Our attention should be on ensuring commemorative events that will do justice to veterans – like my own Southsea grandfather – and showing Portsmouth at its best”.
Following the announcement that Trump will visit Portsmouth as part of the commemorations, Mr. Morgan has said:
“The importance of the D-Day 75 commemorations, set to take place this June, transcend the presence of any one individual.
His last visit cost £18 million pounds in additional policing costs and sucked vital resources from our nation’s communities, it caused widespread protests and was a catalyst for division across our country.
Our nation has a long history of close relations with the US, and Americans have long been our natural allies. We must remain united in defeating the politics of division and stand up for values both our nations have historically championed.
I have been lobbying the government and writing to the Prime Minister urging her to support Portsmouth in making the best of the commemorations for our veterans.
I find it deeply saddening that the Government can’t find money for our brave veterans, but it can find money to give Mr. Trump a state ceremony.”