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Manchester Town HallLucy has welcomed the news that Manchester is the UK’s preferred city for Parliament to be based if it were to relocate during renovation.

The city has topped a poll, commissioned by St James’s House Media, which found that 55% of the 2,051 people surveyed selected Manchester in their top three favoured locations, with Birmingham (49%) in second place and Oxford (19%) and Cambridge (12%) ranked third and fourth respectively.

It was recently announced that vital repair works will need to be carried out on the Palace of Westminster, and the costs could be significantly reduced if Parliament relocates elsewhere while the work is ongoing. There has been speculation as to where MPs could meet during this period, and Lucy has supported a move to Manchester, widely recognised as the UK’s second city.

Lucy said:

Manchester would be a great place to host Parliament during the renovation. This city has the infrastructure and transport links needed, and with so many historical ties to political movements, from universal suffrage to workers’ rights, Manchester would be an ideal place for MPs to meet while the repair works are being carried out.

Manchester tops poll to be Parliament's new temporary home during renovation works

Lucy has welcomed the news that Manchester is the UK’s preferred city for Parliament to be based if it were to relocate during renovation. The city has topped a poll,...

Hulme_bridge.jpgOver the weekend, my five year old daughter asked me what I’d be voting on in Parliament this week. After trying to explain to her what fox hunting was and what it entailed, she asked me, “surely everyone will be voting against that?”

“You’d be surprised!” I said.

Like my daughter, most of us find the idea of hunting a defenceless animal an abhorrent and cruel practice. The overwhelming majority of people in the UK remain strongly opposed to fox hunting, and an Ipsos MORI survey has shown that 80% support the ban, which was introduced by the previous Labour government over fifteen years ago. This has been reflected in the hundreds of emails and letters I’ve received recently from constituents outraged at the government’s plans to undermine the Act.

Since the Hunting act came into force in 2005, there have been over 370 successful prosecutions, but David Cameron’s government are now trying to weaken the Act with proposed amendments that campaigners say will make it virtually impossible to tell when a hunt is breaking the law. The Tories’ preoccupation with fox hunting while working families across the country are struggling to make ends meet shows just how out of touch this government really are.

I do not believe the Government's plans are about controlling fox numbers in the countryside. Instead, I believe they are designed to make prosecutions impossible. Far from undermining the Act by trying to water-down the current legislation, the government should instead ensure that the legislation is enforced, while focusing on the real issues that affect rural communities, such as low wages and a lack of affordable, and adequate, transport and housing.

I believe we have a moral duty to treat animals in a humane and compassionate way and agree that the unnecessary and prolonged suffering of defenceless animals has no place in a civilised society. That’s why I’ll be voting against the government’s proposals to weaken the act on Wednesday and why I fully support retaining the ban on hunting.

Why I'm voting against the government's Hunting Act amendments this week

Over the weekend, my five year old daughter asked me what I’d be voting on in Parliament this week. After trying to explain to her what fox hunting was and...

albert_kennedy_trust_07_07_2015_(2).pngThis week, Lucy met with the Albert Kennedy Trust, the LGBT youth homelessness charity which provides support to young people who are homeless or living in a hostile environment after coming out to their parents, caregivers and peers. The charity was founded in Manchester in 1989 and offers advice and support, mentoring, life-skills training and emergency safe homes for young LGBT people who need it.

Recent figures from Crisis suggest that on any night there will be around 20,000 homeless young people. Of those approximately 24% will be LGBT (Metro Centre, 2014). Lucy met with the charity this week to hear more about the work they do and the services they offer.

Lucy said:

It was really inspiring to hear of the important work of the Albert Kennedy Trust in supporting LGBT people who find themselves homeless or in danger of becoming so. Huge numbers of homeless people are LGBT. Welfare changes are making things much harder and changes to housing benefit for young people will cause further problems.

Lucy meets the Albert Kennedy Trust

This week, Lucy met with the Albert Kennedy Trust, the LGBT youth homelessness charity which provides support to young people who are homeless or living in a hostile environment after...


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